Managua – Mercado Roberto Huembes

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Bus terminals like Managua’s Mercado Roberto Huembes can be overwhelming for some. I personally love stations like this because there is so much to take in!  If you are headed to Peñas Blancas, Granada, Masaya, Rivas, San Jorge or  San Juan del Sur, then you are leaving from here. Busses leave very regularly and are clearly labeled with the destination painted somewhere on the outside. Chances are are the driver and helper will be yelling their destination at you when you walk by.

Times and prices collected May 2017

Managua to Peñas Blancas

The bus to Peñas Blancas goes leaves about every half hour from 5am to 6:30am. There is possibly an express bus twice per day at 10am and 4pm. It takes 3hrs and costs 100C$. Double checking this tomorrow.


Managua to Rivas

You have two options, regular service and expreso.

Regular buses leave every 30min from 5am to 6:30pm, take 2.5hrs and cost 66C$. Some continue on to San Juan del Sur, keep reading below for schedule.

Expreso buses go to Rivas and on to San Jorge (and some go all the way to San Juan del Sur). They leave every 30min until 5:30pm. To Rivas it costs 72C$ and takes 2hr 20min, to San Jorge it costs 75C$ and takes 2hr 20min and to San Juan del Sur it costs 90C$ and takes 2hrs 40min. Keep reading below for the schedule to San Juan del Sur.


Managua to San Juan del Sur

Both regular and expreso buses go all the way to San Juan del Sur. They are the buses labeled for Rivas.

Regular service buses to San Juan del Sur leave at 9:30, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5:30pm, They take 3.5hrs and cost 85C$.

Expreso buses to San Juan del Sur leave at 10am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 5:30pm. They take 3hrs and cost 90C$.

Times and prices collected May 2017.

Managua to Masaya

Buses to Masaya about every 30  minutes from 5:30am – 8pm. They cost 13C$ and take about 1hr. There is also expreso service for 15C$ which take about 50minutes.


Managua to Granda

Chicken buses to Granada leave every 30 min from 5:25am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and from 6:10am to 8pm on Sundays. Don’t forget you can also get to Granada by microbus from the UCA Terminal.


Managua to Vera Cruz

Every 30 minutes from 5am to 7pm. They take about 1hr and cost 11C$.


Managua to Ometepe

Grab one of the expreso buses heading to Rivas – San Jorge – San Juan del Sur. See above for schedule. Head to the ferry to Ometepe from there. Check the San Jorge ferry schedule here: Ometepe Ferry Schedule



There is a taxi stand inside the station with a bunch of drivers lined up for your business. It is highly likely they will overcharge you by a bit, however if you have some fears over the safety of grabbing a taxi from the street then using these gentleman may be what you want to do.  A trip to the UCA Microbus Terminal should cost you about 60-70C$, a trip to the Terminal Mayorero should cost about 60-70C$. A trip to the Managua Airport should cost you about 80-100C$, and a trip to the Mercado Ivan Montenegro (Rama) should cost about 40-50C$.



As is the same with other busy bus stations, watch your belongings closely here. Locals told me that it is generally considered ‘safe’ to walk around this area in the day time. The Mercado Roberto Huembes is located just off of a main road with an air conditioned Subway Sandwich shop and a grocery store just a block away.  If you are walking in this area, use your common sense and always remain visible. Don’t wander down any empty streets or alleyways. Once the sun goes down I was advised to take a taxi to and from here, and this is the advice I give you.

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We do not 100% guarantee that all schedules, times and prices are exact. The information in this website is based on personal experience and by information submitted by other travellers. Information has been gathered from station schedules, station managers, bus drivers and driver helpers. We have done our best to get as much accurate up to date information as possible, but prices and times change. Also, remember that you are responsible for your own health and safety. Travel safe and travel smart - and have fun!


Peñas Blancas San Juan del Sur Masaya Granada Managua Airport(Tipitpa)

Ticunatepe, San Marcos, Naindame, Masatepe



Schedule for Busses to Masaya and Granada

Photo taken: February 28, 2016

Schedule for Busses to Tipitapa

Photo taken: February 28, 2016

There are several different toilet options at this station. Some are nicer than others. Look for the words "Servicios Sanitarios".

Very friendly and funny drivers here. They will overcharge you but if you are worried about taking a taxi from the street, then it may be worth your money.

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11 travel tips for Managua – Mercado Roberto Huembes - share your tips below!

  1. Joe

    Buenas cuánto cuesta el microbús desde Managuas hasta San Jorge y que horarios trabajan? Thanks

  2. Sara Valodia Padilla

    ¿Cuanto cuesta el pasaje de Managua a peñas blancas y a cuanto estoy de la frontera de CR?

  3. Batman

    Managua => Masaya, yesterday.

    We were charged 18 Cordobas per person. I do not think that this is the correct price though. The ayudante mumbled something aboutpaying for our bags, when we told him that we do not need to pay for bags he got angry, handed us some change and huffed off. Unfortunately my Spanish is not good enough to understand 100%

    Other travelers beware, on regular “chicken” buses the ayudante may sometimes tell you to pay for your bags. You do not need to, only pay for bags on microbuses. This has happened to me a few times over the last month in Nicaragua, some routes are more susceptible than others. Be polite and tell them that you do not need to pay for bags and they will usually leave it at that

  4. Batman

    Managua => Granada

    Buses seem to leave on the hour, and they pass through Masaya. They arrive to the terminal on the corner of Calle Tamarindo y Avenida principal La Isleta. From there it is a few minutes walking to the Centro

    Duration: ±1.5 hour
    Cost: C$25

  5. Allan Cabrera Nuñez

    Que horario y precio tienen los buses expreso de Huembes managua a san jorge el dia de mañana Jueves 18 de Abril del corriente año? Gracias.

    • centrocoasting

      Hola, no se que hay transportes muy tarde en la noche.

  6. Sarai

    Salgo de costa rica a las 5pm y llego a la frontera peñas blancas a las 11pm hay buses pollos del lado de nicaragua a esa hora q me lleven a managua? Cual es el horario de esos buses alguien sabe??

  7. Rick Carter

    Is this accurate? Managua to Rivas is 72C$ which translates to $2.20 US Dollars? Two US dollars and twenty US cents? This is really the cost for the bus from Managua to Rivas? Does this include me bringing a suitcase?

    • centrocoasting

      It is accurate. Or at least close, it could be $2.40 no as I havent updated the price in a year or two. It’s not a luxury bus. It’s a
      ‘chicken bus’ which is an old school bus from the USA nicely painted up. They may charge extra for your suitcase depending on size and it will likely go on the roof. Keep your eyes on it as it’s never good to let your stuff out of your sight on chicken buses.

  8. Dana

    Already checked the timetable for the buses from managua to penas blancas? Thanks so much.

    • centrocoasting

      We haven’t updated that part of this page in a while, but normally there are many buses per day from about 5am to 6pm.

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