Using buses in Managua

Generally, when I am in Managua I use taxis to get around. This is usually because I either have more stuff with me than makes sense to carry on a bus or having a taxi driver that knows where things are is a needed convenience. On my most recent trip, however, a bus would have been fine.

But, bottom line is that I have no clue where the buses do, when and how much you pay, ... Anyone know how all this works?

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I use the buses everyday....

sometimes 6-8 on avg more if I´m running around a lot. The buses are, as another said, 2.5 cords. The city buses (the numbered ones) you pay when you get on. The other buses you pay when you get off if it is on its way out of town and you pay when you get on if you are catching it back into town(that only applies if they have an aduante...if not you pay when you get on). A couple of useful routes. The 110 Runs from Piedracitas down 7 sur, metro centro, takes a right at rotundra christo rey and then heads towards huembes and then onto mayreo (mercado where buses for esteli. matagalpa) and that is its turn around point to head back(it is also the turn around for the 120 but i am not sure of its route past metro centro). The 123 goes from piedracitas to linda vista, down carreterra norte makes a quick jog through a barrio and comes out under the over pass on carreterra norte and heads towards rotundra la virgen then onto huembes where that is its turn around point. The 110, 114, 116, and the 120 all go from piedracitas to Metro Centro. If you wanna go to TGI Fridays from metro centro you walk towards carreterra masaya and to the left, cross the road and wait for the 119. That will take you as far as rotundra centro america. No city bus goes past that (towards masaya) So, if you wanted to go to Gallerias you need one of the buses out of town. If you are coming from the airport and want to go to metro centro. I would cross the street from the airport and wait for the tipitapa bus. That will take you to huembes. Then you can take the 110 all the way to metro centro. Those are just some examples. If you need any specific help , anyone, just pm me.

Great info

This is the kind of stuff I am looking for. But, not being a "Managua expert" I have no clue, for example, what/where piedracitas is. This makes me realize that what is needed is a bus map. That is, a map of Managua with the bus routes superimposed on it.

Has anyone seen anything like this? If not, it would seem like a good project that, hopefully, someone (such as city government) would be interested in.

I was spoiled by the bus system in Seattle. There were route maps and schedules published for all the buses and available on the buses. For example, if you were on a bus that went to the University District, you could find schedules for the other buses that would connect with it on board that bus. Clearly, doing this cost money but it encouraged more people to take buses which was a good thing.

When I move out of Seattle they had started an experimental project to keep track of buses in real time. All the buses had 2-way radios on them and then had added GPS systems. There was then a web page where you could pick a location and it would show all the buses relative to that location. Clearly, not something that is going to happen in Managua but it was very convenient as you head to the bus stop knowing how long you would need to wait.

In any case, I think a static map would be sufficient for now.


is there area near the US embassy. It is the area in front of the womens hospital (big blue building on the same side as the embassy). It is before the US embassy if you are heading towards the lake and the embassy is on your right. BUT......there is another part of piedracitas......Carreterra Leon (which T´s right in front of the embassy) if you wanna catch a bus out of town or to cuidad sandino you have to walk a little down that road to where the pedestrian bridge is. That is also know as piedracitas. Just so you know piedracitias is a park a little north of the embassy on the left. I do know of an NGO that has a map for a lot of the buses. Not sure it is all but a good many. Maybe, I can get copies for you if you want to make a map.

Also, no Nica is not going to get GPS locators anytime soon. But, there are guys a long the routes the keep the buses on time. I´ve been on buses several times when we were ahead of schedule and had to wait 5 mins or so till would could leave. The major routes 114, 112,120,110 and others are roughly every 5 mins or so. There are a few like the 123 and the 115 which is about every 25mins to 30 mins. For the most part I think the buses run on time and I ride a lot of buses.

Buses in managua

Luis Harsey.....If it has not changed sense last april, the city buses are 2 and half cords, about 13 or 15 cents, during the mid hours, you can often travel ok, meaning is not so packed, never any air as you probably know, morning and evening, you can be a sardine. There are some routes going little out of Managua that are 3 cords. I feel safer on the buses than the taxi, is always possible to be robbed anywhere, however I have known of more serious problems with taxi thiefs. I do not speak well, so is an issue for me also.

I've used them a couple times

when I didn't have anything to carry. One time it was decent service because it was not crowded. The other time is was the proverbial sardine can.They have numbered lines that go on specific routes, you just have to ask somebody for the route number. Bring small change.

In the one case I went from the airport area to Metrocentro. As I remember, I had to walk down the street to a second bus stop and take one bus and then change to another bus. Good idea to ask somebody to tell you when you are getting to your stop so you can get off on time.

If you have a specific route you are going to travel and you know when the peak times are and you are not carrying anything and you have good use of all 4 limbs and a good sense of balance it is one more transportation option for the capital. The buses themselves seemed to be of higher quality than in Esteli, which is the only other area in which I have used city buses, but nowhere near the quality and order of using city buses in San Jose, CR.

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