The main bus stop is in front of the Market (see map and photos) and leaves basically every hour. There are several different buses that do the loop to Rivas and back and some are nicer than others.
Rivas to San Juan del Sur
5am, 5:45am, 6:30am, 7am, 8am, 8:25am, 9am, 9:30am, 10am, 10:45, 11:30am, 12:10pm, 1pm, 2:20pm, 3:20pm, 5pm, 30C$, about 45minutes
Rivas to San Juan del Sur: Every half hour. Takes about 45mins and costs 30C$. Last one 5:30pm.
Peñas Blancas to San Juan del Sur
From Peñas Blancas, grab one of the many buses heading to Rivas and ask to be let off in La Virgin, this used to cost 30$C (Dec 2018). From here you can get another bus for 20C$ to San Juan del Sur. This is a very common spot for both travellers and locals to get off. You then need to cross the street and walk about 50meters down the road that branches off of the highway. You will come across a nice covered bus stop. Wait there for your bus to San Juan del Sur. (see photos) 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.
San Juan del Sur to Peñas Blancas
If you are heading to Peñas Blancas you can get off at the highway junction mentioned above and then wait for the bus heading to the border. The only drawback to waiting on the highway, as opposed to heading all the way to Rivas and taking the bus from there, is that by the time in reaches you on the highway you may not get a seat. But, fear not, the trip is only about 25minutes from this spot.
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.
Lets help each other in our travels!
traveled SJDS to the border today, then on to liberia.
SJDS > la virgen: 20 cordobas
la virgen > penas blancas: 20 cordobas
penas blancas > liberia: 2000 colones
only had to wait about five minutes in la virgen for the bus, how lucky!
For futur travelers : We traveled from San Juan del Sur to Peñas Blancas yesterday. We had to take the bus to La Virgen, it costed us 25 cordobas per person and from La virgen we took the bus to Peñas Blancas, which costed us 30 cordobas each. Pretty easy travel and we probably could have paid less for the first bus but didn’t feel the need to argue with them as we were leaving the country anyway.
Thank you! Doing the trip tomorrow and was hoping for some very current updates on this!
Not sure what is happening, if due to covid or traveling on a Sunday but took the bus from the border to la virgin and they tried to charge me 100 when getting off. The frequency was not nearly every 20 mins either Waited at least 35 mins. This bus was going to Managuas so they might have tried to charge me the whole fare? Then at the virgin, which is closer to a 100m walk, no buses passed by going to San Juan Del sur in 90 mins time so I ended up hailing a taxi. It was 2pm on a Saturday. I saw at least 5 buses going towards Rivas. Just FYI….
It was 2pm on a Sunday, not Saturday. Sorry
Always have Cordobas! Change a little at least at the border! Today I saw some germans paying 10 u$d ( ten dollars) each one for the route ‘la virgen-San juan del sur’. I just paid 30 cordobas (less than 1 u$d) for the same bus. Outside the driver, the rest of the people is really friendly. The
I just got the bus from SJDS to Rivas and they charged my c50 because I had a rucksack. That’s even though it went in the overhead luggage racks.