Potosí is your gateway to El Salvador (La Unión) if you are travelling by boat across the Golfo de Fonseca. Taking the bus is much cheaper than the package taxi-boat-taxi tour options out there, but it’s a long trip! If you go by bus then keep an eye on your things. There have been a few travellers stories out there of theft enroute.
Chinandega to Potosí
You only have one option for Potosí – chicken bus. Depending on who you ask, this bus takes anywhere from 3.5 to 5hrs. It leave several times per day and as of May 2017 the driver informed me the schedule is: 6am, 9:30am 10:30am 1:10pm, 2:20pm, 3:45pm and 5:30pm. The price is 50C$
Potosí to Chinandega
If you are taking the bus from Potosí to Chinandega you can head to the Hotel y Restaurante Brisa del Golfo which is close to the Potosí immigration building. The bus will pass right by here (photos coming). We don’t have the schedule but know that the last bus passes at 2:45pm. Trip takes about 2.5hrs.
To El Salvador
There are a few different options to choose from to take you across the Golfo de Fonseca from Potosí to La Unión. La Tortuga Verde is a popular hostel located near El Cuco and they offer this trip – you can learn more about it here: Tortuga Verde crossing. Another tour operator called Ruta del Golfo offers this trip and you can read more about it here: Ruta del Golfo crossing. The third option is to just show up and see what happens. You can sometimes hitch a ride for a fee with a fishing boat – use your discretion here obviously.
Help your fellow traveller
If you have taken any of the buses on this page, please drop us a comment below about how the trip went, what time you left, how long it took and what it cost. And, definitely let us know if we have anything wrong.
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