There are 5 ways to get from Managua to Tamarindo by bus, shuttle, car or plane

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Bus  •  7 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Managua to Rivas
  2. Take the bus from Peñas Blancas to Liberia
  3. Take the bus from Liberia to Tamarindo

$6

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Bus via Jinotepe  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Jinotepe to Rivas
  2. Take the bus from Peñas Blancas to Liberia
  3. Take the bus from Liberia to Tamarindo

$8

Bus, shuttle  •  9 h

  1. Take the bus from Managua to San Juan del Sur
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Juan del Sur to Liberia
  3. Take the bus from Liberia to Tamarindo

$30

Drive  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Managua to Tamarindo 180.9 miles

$27 - $40

Fly  •  7 h 31 min

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

$156 - $243

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The cheapest way to get from Managua to Tamarindo is to bus which costs $6 and takes 7 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Managua to Tamarindo is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4 h 38 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Managua to Tamarindo. However, there are services departing from Managua and arriving at Tamarindo via Rivas, Peñas Blancas and Liberia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 56 min.

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The distance between Managua and Tamarindo is 209 km. The road distance is 289.5 km.

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The best way to get from Managua to Tamarindo without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 56 min and costs $6.

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It takes approximately 7 h 56 min to get from Managua to Tamarindo, including transfers.

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Managua to Tamarindo bus services, operated by Horario De Buses, depart from Managua station.

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The best way to get from Managua to Tamarindo is to bus which takes 7 h 56 min and costs $6. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $150 - $250 and takes 7 h 31 min.

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The quickest flight from Managua Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Managua to Tamarindo bus services, operated by Transportes La Pampa, arrive at Tamarindo station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Managua to Tamarindo is 289 km. It takes approximately 4 h 38 min to drive from Managua to Tamarindo.

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Copa Airlines offers flights from Managua Airport to San Jose Airport.

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  • Distance: 130.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 56 min

What companies run services between Managua, Nicaragua and Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica?

You can take a bus from Managua to Tamarindo via Rivas, Peñas Blancas, and Liberia in around 7 h 56 min. Alternatively, Copa Airlines flies from Managua to Tamarindo twice daily.

Airlines
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Managua to San Jose
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $170
Bus operators
Horario De Buses
Website
thebusschedule.com
Bus from Managua to Rivas
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
Bus from Jinotepe to Rivas
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
Bus from Managua to San Juan del Sur
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
Grupo Tranbasa
Bus from Peñas Blancas to Liberia
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
grupotranbasa.com
Transportes La Pampa
Empresa Alfaro
Phone
+506 2222 2666
Website
empresaalfaro.com
Bus from Liberia to Tamarindo
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
empresaalfaro.com

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