Masaya has two spots you will likely take the bus from. One is mainly chicken buses and the other is for UCA buses.
Masaya to Managua – Chicken bus
The main bus terminal in Masaya is at the Estacion de Autobuses Mercado Municipal. Ordinary buses to Managua leave every 30 minutes from 5:30am-9pm. 13C$, 1hr.+ (there is also an expreso bus which takes less than an hour for 15C$). You arrive at the Mercado Roberto Huembes terminal. You can also find microbuses to Jinotepe here. Note that there are both regular and expreso buses heading to Managua. Ask around to find the faster one as it is only 2C$ more.
Masaya to Managua – Microbus
Microbuses heading to the UCA in Managua leave from a small station about a half block down the street in front of the Parque San Miguel. You can walk between this and the Mercado Municipal in under 10minutes. Microbuses leaves when full and they cost 19C$ and take 1hr. Halfway through the trip the bus will pass the entrance to the Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya so if you’re getting off here try to sit close to the front.
Masaya to Matagalpa
There are only two express buses that leave early morning – 6am and 6:45am. They do not operate on Thursdays or Sundays. The trip takes 2.5hrs and costs 85C$.
Masaya to Rivas
The buses pass on route 4 and stop at the Puma gas station near the roundabout. There is one every hour, on the hour. The cost is 45C$ and takes about 2hrs.
Tip from a traveller
Tony says: One less visited spot in Masaya is the Malecon. It features a nice panoramic view of the Laguna de Masaya (do not confuse with the Laguna de Apoyo). You can get there by taking route 80 from the central park. It’s C$4. However, there are only two buses running this route, so you may wait a while. Alternatively, you can walk the eight blocks. It is a straight line from the park, but the way is isolated. I took a taxi to get back to the park and was charged C$20. The ride took less than 5 minutes.
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