Nicaragua Arrivals

Airplane: the national airline in Nicaragua is NICA (Nicaraguense de Aviacion). The airline is associated with that of the TACA group (El Salvador).

According to internetsailors, there are major international airlines that have flights to Nicaragua

  • Iberia – Daily flights to Madrid, six times a week to Miami.
  • American Airlines – Daily flights to Miami.
  • Atlantic Airlines – One daily flight to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as well as daily flights to Bluefields and Corn Islands.
  • Sol Air – the Honduran air carrier offers daily flights to Miami, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa.
  • Continental Airlines – daily flights to Houston, Texas.
  • Copa Airlines – Daily flights to San José, Guatemala City, San Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama City.
  • Aerocaribbean – a weekly flight to Havana, Cuba.
  • Grupo Taca – Daily flights to all of Latin America.
  • La Costena – numerous national destinations including Bluefields, Corn Islands, Waspam, Las Minas and Bilwi.

With the All America Airpass you can travel flexibly to Latin and North America. 30 airlines, which fly 2000 routes, take part in this Airpass.
There is no minimum number of flight coupons purchased with the All America Airpass; the airlines, routes and stops can be combined as desired.
There is no minimum stay, the Airpass is valid for a maximum of one year. The permitted length of stay is 90 days after using the first flight coupon. The flight must be reconfirmed 72 hours before departure. Flight days and flight numbers can be changed, but rerouting is not possible.
The routing must already be determined when purchasing the Airpass, a description of this route and rerouting are not possible, nor is a refund of the purchase price possible after the start of the journey. The pass can be canceled before the start of the journey, but this is subject to a fee.
The All America Airpass is only sold to people who are permanently resident outside the Caribbean, Canada, USA, Mexico and Central or South America. Possible airport taxes are paid locally.

Airports: Nicaragua has two international airports.

The international airport Augusto C. Sandino International (MGA), although Nicaragua’s most important airport, but a small, manageable airport, which does not receive many flights. It is located 12 km north of Managua. Buses and taxis drive into the city, and rental cars can also be rented.
Sometimes it is worth flying to the much more frequented Juan Santamaria Airport in San José, Costa Rica. It’s only four to six hours by bus from the Nicaraguan border. The international airport in Liberia, Costa Rica is only a two-hour bus ride from Peñas Blancas.

Nature Air flies twice a day from San José and Liberia in Costa Rica to the small Granada International Airport (GRA).

Ship: The most important ports in Nicaragua are El Rama, Bilwi, El Bluff on the Atlantic and Puerto Sandino. and Corinto on the Pacific. These ports are called by cargo ships from Europe as well as North and Central America. In these international ports you can try to find a place as a passenger on a cargo ship.

There is no longer any regular passenger traffic via the Golfo de Fonseca to El Salvador.

Border crossings:

Costa Rica

Sipoa to Penas Blancas, is the main border crossing to Costa Rica.
San Carlos to Los Chiles
San Juan de Nicaragua to Barra, this river tour is usually arranged by expensive lodges, but theoretically you can also organize it yourself.
El Salvador

Potosi to La Union, here you can also rent a boat and follow the old international ferry connection across the Gulf of Fonseca.

Guasale to Choluteca, the fastest route from Nicaragua, a hassle-free drive from León.
Somoto to Choluteca
Ocotal to Tegucigalpa, a large, busy border crossing.
The border crossings Potosí and San Juan de Nicaragua are only suitable for adventurous travelers. The rest of the border crossings are easy.

Car: The Panamericana route runs through the Nicaraguan cities of Managua and Esteli.

The only border crossing to Costa Rica that can be used with your own vehicle is Sipoa / Penas Blancas. On the way to Honduras you can enter via the borders of Guasule, Ocotal / Las Manos and Somoto / El Espino.

Buses Several bus routes serve destinations all over Central America. On your way, you will also stop at various destinations across the country.

  • King Quality, offices in Esteli, Managua and Leon.
  • Del Sol Bus – a bus leaves Managua every day, with a stop in Esteli.
  • Transnica – this smaller company travels to San Jose, Costa Rica and San Salvador, among others. Stops in Nicaragua include Managua, Leon, Esteli, and Rivas.
  • Tica Bus – the most popular bus line in Nicaragua goes to major cities from Panama City to the Mexican border.

Tickets are usually available in advance. Make sure that your travel documents meet the requirements of the destination country, the documents will be checked when the tickets are purchased.

The comfortable international buses with reclining seats, air conditioning and TV are recommended for travelers with larger luggage. However, it is cheaper to travel by regional buses. In the high season (November to April), in contrast to the international buses, you do not need reservations for tickets.

Nicaragua Arrivals

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