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There are 4 ways to get from Isla Bastimentos to Nicaragua by ferry, car, bus or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Ferry, drive, bus via Managua Terminal Transporte del SOL

  1. Take the ferry from Red Frog Beach to Bocas del Toro
  2. Take the ferry from Bocas del Toro to Almirante
  3. Drive from Almirante to Manzanillo
  4. Take the bus from Manzanillo to San José Terminal MEPE
  5. Take the bus from San Jose Terminal 7-10 to Managua Terminal Transporte del SOL

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Ferry, drive, bus #2

  1. Take the ferry from Red Frog Beach to Bocas del Toro
  2. Take the ferry from Bocas del Toro to Almirante
  3. Drive from Almirante to Manzanillo
  4. Take the bus from Manzanillo to San José Terminal MEPE
  5. Take the bus from San José to Managua

2 alternative options

Ferry, drive, bus

  1. Take the ferry from Red Frog Beach to Bocas del Toro
  2. Take the ferry from Bocas del Toro to Almirante
  3. Drive from Almirante to Manzanillo
  4. Take the bus from Manzanillo to San José Terminal MEPE
  5. Take the bus from San José to Managua

Ferry, bus, fly

  1. Take the ferry from Red Frog Beach to Bocas del Toro
  2. Take the ferry from Bocas del Toro to Almirante
  3. Take the bus from Almirante to David
  4. Fly from David (DAV) to Managua (MGA)

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Last updated: October 21 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Isla Bastimentos to Nicaragua is to ferry and drive and bus which costs $50 - $95 and takes 19h 55m.

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The fastest way to get from Isla Bastimentos to Nicaragua is to ferry and drive and bus via Managua Terminal Transporte del SOL. Taking this option will cost $70 - $85 and takes 17h 54m.

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The distance between Isla Bastimentos and Nicaragua is 503 km.

It takes approximately 17h 54m to get from Isla Bastimentos to Nicaragua, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from David Airport to Managua Airport. The quickest flight takes 19h 44m and has one stopover.

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Nicaragua is 1h behind Isla Bastimentos. It is currently 12:18 AM in Isla Bastimentos and 11:18 PM in Nicaragua.

Avianca El Salvador, Spirit Airlines and Copa Airlines offer flights from David Airport to Managua Airport.

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Map of how to get from Isla Bastimentos to Nicaragua.
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  • Distance: 502.9 km
  • Duration: 17h 54m

What companies run services between Isla Bastimentos, Panama and Nicaragua?

There is no direct connection from Isla Bastimentos to Nicaragua. However, you can take the travel to Red Frog Beach, take the ferry to Bocas del Toro, take the ferry to Almirante, take the drive to Manzanillo, take the bus to San José Terminal MEPE, take the walk to San Jose Terminal 7-10, take the bus to Managua Terminal Transporte del SOL, take the walk to El Panal, then take the line 163 bus to Colegio Público España. Alternatively, you can take the travel to Red Frog Beach, take the ferry to Bocas del Toro, take the ferry to Almirante, take the drive to Manzanillo, take the bus to San José Terminal MEPE, take the walk to San José, then take the bus to Managua.

Airlines
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from David to Managua via Panama City, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Ave. Duration
15h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Avianca El Salvador
Website
avianca.com
Flights from David to Managua via Panama City, San Salvador
Ave. Duration
13h 44m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from David to Managua via Panama City
Ave. Duration
27h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Bus operators
Autotransportes MEPE
Phone
2257-8129, 2758-1572
Website
mepecr.com
Bus from Manzanillo to San José Terminal MEPE
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
mepecr.com
Transporte del SOL
Website
transportedelsol.com
Bus from San Jose Terminal 7-10 to Managua Terminal Transporte del SOL
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
transportedelsol.com
Panamá Regional Buses
Bus from Almirante to David
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
Ferry operators
Jampan Tours
Phone
+ 507 757-9619
Email
info@jampantours.com / jampan@carritour.com
Website
jampantours.com
Ferry from Red Frog Beach to Bocas del Toro
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
jampantours.com
Boteros Bocatoreños Unidos
Phone
(507) 757-9760
Email
boterosubocas@yahoo.com
Website
boterosunidos.bocas.com
Ferry from Bocas del Toro to Almirante
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
boterosunidos.bocas.com
Ferry from Red Frog Beach to Bocas del Toro
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
boterosunidos.bocas.com
Book at
boterosunidos.bocas.com
Ferry Bocas
Phone
+507 391-1754
Email
info@ferrybocas.com
Website
ferrybocas.com
Ferry from Bocas del Toro to Almirante
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
ferrybocas.com

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