Many people are used to using public transportation in their home countries but few understand how very different transportation styles can be in 3rd world countries. If you are up for an adventure and able to adapt to different forms of transportation, you will love your experience in Nicaragua.

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Transportation Options are varied in Nicaragua


Driving in Nicaragua can be considered an adventure in of itself. Click here for a list of driving directions including from the national airport to San Juan del Sur and general driving does and don’t of Nicaragua. If this is going to be your first time driving in a third world country, all we can truly recommend is coming to the country as well prepared as possible. bring your Map print outs, great direction instincts (or a compass) and ensure good eye sight. Traffic signals are almost non existent in the whole country but the good news is that there very few options for turns

Private Driver

We are happy to recommend a private driver for the day. Someone who can meet you at the airport, help you receive your rental vehicle and drive your rental vehicle to San Juan del Sur for you so you don’t have to deal with the normal issues that arise when trying to find your way in a new country with very few road signs. If you’d like to reserve this service or get more information on hiring a private driver (who can also double as tour guide) for the day or just assist with the airport pick up, please contact us.

Shuttle Service

There are a variety of shuttle service providers in San Juan del Sur. Contact us for a general range of pricing for shuttles or if you’d like us to help you make reservations via the RE/MAX concierge desk.

Car Rental

There are a number of options for car rentals in Nicaragua, all the major chains are based out of the airport. In San Juan del Sur we have a branch for Dollar Rent a Car and Alamo. There are also a few privately owned companies that offer a vehicle with a more classic and adventurous experience. Contact us if you’d like more information on any of these options.

Bus System

The bus system in Nicaragua is not like in the States or Canada. Even nearby Costa Rica has a much more orderly system. That said, the experience of riding a bus in Nicaragua is one that you will either love (for the cultural experience provided) or hate (again because of the experience provided) immediately. There are direct buses from San Juan del Sur to Managua that Leave at 4:45 am and 6:45 am. Buses from San Juan del Sur leave on the hour from 6 am till 4 pm. We do not recommend you leave San Juan del Sur to go to another city like Managua after 1pm as it is a better idea to arrive at your final destination with daylight. Contact us for more information about the Nicaraguan Bus system and schedules.

Boating, Ferries etc…

This country is blessed with a variety of large bodies of fresh water, rivers and 2 coast lines. Boating has been a part of transportation for centuries and in some cases, little has changed since the boating routes began.  Some places are still only accessible via boats as we have the second largest biosphere in the western hemisphere, second to the Amazon in South America.

National Airlines

As a small country with such a bright future, Nicaragua has implemented a plan for a varied Air routes. With 11 airports in the national plan and 7 of them already build in functioning, the countries national airlines are looking quite promising and tourism grows steadily every year.