Peñas Blancas

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Buses leaving Peñas Blancas at the Nicaragua border are plentiful. It’s very easy to get to Rivas, Managua and San Jorge from here.

If you’re looking to head to Costa Rica from here, check the Peñas Blancas page for Costa Rica.

Peñas Blancas to Rivas

Chicken buses leave towards Rivas about every 20 minutes and chances are you will not have to wait long. There will also be a line up of taxis waiting and hoping to catch your eye. If there are a few of you then it could be economical to grab one.


Peñas Blancas to San Juan del Sur

Grab one of the many buses heading to Rivas for 30C$ and ask to be let off in La Virgin – this is basically a fork in the road where one road goes to SJDS and the other to Rivas. From here you can get another bus for 20C$ to San Juan del Sur. Take a look at the San Juan del Sur page to see where you need to get off and how to change buses. If you don’t want to get off in La Virgin, you can go all the way to Rivas, and switch to the SJDS bus.


Peñas Blancas to Managua (via Rivas)

There are regular chicken buses to Managua that leave about every 20 mins and cost 67C$ (2017). The trip is about 3hr 20min.

There are also 4 Expreso buses a day from Peñas Blancas to Managua. They pass by the Rotonda in Rivas at on their way and leave the border at 12:30pm , 1:40pm, 2:20pm, 4:20pm. They cost 87C$(2017) and are slightly nicer than chicken buses. Travel time is about 2.5hrs.

All buses arrive at the Terminal Mercado Roberto Huembes.


Peñas Blancas to San Jorge

Two options. Go to Rivas and switch to the bus that goes to San Jorge. This bus passes on the street on the north side of the terminal. Or, get off at the Rotonda at the edge of Rivas and wait for the bus to pass heading to San Jorge. Just ask when you are there where you should stand. Saying “La parada por San Jorge” should be all you need to say.


International Buses

If you are heading a long distance and want to travel on a more premium service you will get the opportunity to purchase tickets with one of the higher end bus companies (Tica Bus, Nica Bus, Central Line, Transnica, Nica Expreso) before you exit the border. Once you are on the other side you will only have immediate access to local busses and taxis.


Costa Rica Border

Here is what the border looks like on the Costa Rica side: Peñas Blancas – Costa Rica – buses come and go very regularly for Liberia and San José. Have a look at the page for Peñas Blancas in Costa Rica for bus times and schedules.


Read about the crossing!

Here is a fresh travel blog about the experience from – Border Crossing from Nicaragua to Costa Rica 


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The border entrance/exit.

Photo taken: March 10, 2016

Just outside of the border entrance/exit.

Photo taken: March 10, 2016

Just outside of the border entrance/exit.

Photo taken: March 10, 2016

Taxi lineup at the border just outside of the border entrance/exit.

Photo taken: March 10, 2016

Just outside of the border entrance/exit.

Photo taken: March 10, 2016

Photo taken: March 10, 2016

Just outside of the border entrance/exit.

Photo taken: March 10, 2016

If you are heading from Piñas Blancas to the San Juan del Sur, this is where you will be getting off. Cross the road to the other side and walk 50 meters to a stop for the bus heading to San Juan del Sur

Photo taken: March 10, 2016

17 travel tips for Peñas Blancas - share your tips below!

  1. Daniela

    I just used the express bus from Penas Blancas to Managua and it cost me and the locals around me 150 cordobas for the full journey.

  2. Pete

    Hello, does anyone know what time the last bus leaves from the Nicaraguan side of the border to Rivas or anywhere west. Cheers

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