San Juan del Sur


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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.

 

 

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PHOTOS TO SHOW YOU THE WAY

The main stop in the center of town in front of the Market

If you are coming from the border you dont have to go all the way into Rivas to get the bus to San Juan del Surf. Tell the driver you want off at La Virgin.

In this photo: one road is going to Rivas and one is heading towards San Juan Del sur. Get off at this spot (see map) and then walk to the stop (50meters) for the bus heading to San Juan del Sur.

This is what the stop looks like from the other side of the street

If you get off at La Virgin - the walk towards the San Juan del Sur pick up spot is easy and looks like this

Here is the bus stop outside La Virgin where you can wait for the bus to San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur has some pretty amazing sunsets.

30 travel tips for San Juan del Sur - share your tips below!

  1. Agustin

    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

  2. Fiona Eccleston

    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.

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