There are 3 ways to get from Managua to San José by plane, bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Managua (MGA) to San Jose (SJO) MGA - SJO

$76 - $159

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus from Managua to San José

$25 - $50

1 alternative option

Drive  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Managua to San José 265.4 miles

$40 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Managua to San José is to bus which costs $25 - $50 and takes 8 h.

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The quickest way to get from Managua to San José is to fly which costs $75 - $160 and takes 2 h 44 min.

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The distance between Managua and San José is 340 km. The road distance is 424.6 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 44 min to get from Managua to San José, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Managua and arriving at San José. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h.

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What companies run services between Managua, Nicaragua and San José, Costa Rica?

Copa Airlines flies from Managua to San José once daily. Alternatively, Trans Nica operates a bus from Managua to San José every 4 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $50 and the journey takes 8 h. Two other operators also service this route.

Copa Airlines
Flights from Managua to San Jose
Ave. Duration
56 min
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $170
Bus operators
Nica Bus
(506) 2221-2679, (506) 2221-2581
Bus from Managua, Managua to Cantón San José, Provincia San José, Costa Rica
Ave. Duration
8 h
Twice daily
Estimated price
Schedules at

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