There are a few ways to travel the 160kms to San Juan del Sur from the Managua airport. Mango Rosa wants to make sure you know your transportation to San Juan del Sur options and can plan on the best one for you.

Private Shuttles

Private shuttles are great for groups consisting of more than 3 people and families vactioning in San Juan del Sur. The large vans are well kept and air conditioned. The drivers are able to help you with your luggage and transport you smoothly from the city to San Juan del Sur. There are a few private shuttle companies to choose from and Mango Rosa is happy to facilitate your reservation with the one that is the best match for your traveling needs.

Private Driver

Private drivers are perfect for groups of 3 or less carrying no more than a small suitcase each. Private drivers will pick you up at your scheduled time of arrival from the airport in a sedan-style car and wait for you with your name on a sign to help you navigate through the crowd of people waiting after you get through customs. Private drivers offer roof racks if you are traveling with larger luggage like surf boards. Mango Rosa has contacts with the most professional private drivers and can assist you to ensure your driver is at the airport when you arrive.

Happy & comfortable on the 2 1/2 hour drive to San Juan del Sur

Rental Car

Managua offers an abundance of rental car companies. Opt for the navigation upgrade or make sure you download your route from Google Maps onto your phone to assure you arrive without any wrong turns.


For the more adventurous, you can take a standard taxi from the airport directly to San Juan del Sur. Once exiting the Managua airport there are plenty of taxis standing by. Language can sometimes be a problem, so if your Spanish isn’t up to speed, make sure you have your translator and patience ready. Taxis usually cost around $100 for your one-way ride.

Local Bus

For the really adventurous, Nicaragua has something we call the Chicken Bus. These old school buses travel on routes throughout Nicaragua. Take a taxi to the Central Market Bus Station to Rivas and transfer from Rivas to San Juan del Sur. You will be dropped off right in the heart of San Juan del Sur.

Whether your traveling style is luxurious or on a budget, Mango Rosa can assist you in a transportation option from Managua to San Juan del Sur that will fit your needs and how to For more information, click here. If you are traveling from Liberia, Costa Rica, check out Getting to San Juan del Sur from Liberia Airport.