There are 4 ways to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  1h 50m

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

$161 - $426

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Bus  •  8h 24m

  1. Take the bus from San Jose Airport to Managua San Jose

$28 - $50

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Bus via San José  •  10h 30m

  1. Take the bus from San José to Managua San José

$29

Drive  •  6h 19m

  1. Drive from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua 413.7 km

$35 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua is to bus via San José which costs $30 and takes 10h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua is to fly which costs $160 - $430 and takes 1h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Jose Airport and arriving at Managua. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 24m.

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The distance between San Jose Airport (SJO) and Managua is 326 km. The road distance is 413.7 km.

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The best way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua without a car is to bus which takes 8h 24m and costs $28 - $50.

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It takes approximately 1h 50m to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua, including transfers.

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San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua bus services, operated by Trans Nica, depart from San Jose Airport station.

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The best way to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua is to fly which takes 1h 50m and costs $160 - $430. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $28 - $50 and takes 8h 24m.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Managua Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 3m.

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San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua bus services, operated by Trans Nica, arrive at Managua station.

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Map of how to get from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua.
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  • Distance: 325.9 km
  • Duration: 1h 50m

What companies run services between San Jose Airport (SJO), Costa Rica and Managua, Nicaragua?

Copa Airlines flies from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua once daily. Alternatively, Trans Nica operates a bus from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua twice daily. Tickets cost $28 - $50 and the journey takes 8h 24m.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua is 414 km. It takes approximately 6h 19m to drive from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Managua.

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

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There are 130+ hotels available in Managua. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Flag of Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua

Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua as well as of the department of the same name. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua, it is Nicaragua's largest city, with a projected population in 2015 of 1,048,134 within the city limits and a population of 1,337,709 in the metropolitan area, which additionally includes the municipalities of Ciudad Sandino, El Crucero, Nindirí, Ticuantepe and Tipitapa. - Wikipedia

Things to do in Managua

  • Rubén Darío National Theatre

    The Rubén Darío National Theatre (Spanish: Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío) is the national theatre of Nicaragua. It is located in the capital, Managua, and was named in honor of Nicaragua's (and one of Latin America's) most renowned poets, Rubén Darío.

  • Pharaoh's Casino

    Pharaoh's Casino is a casino on the Carretera Masaya in Managua, Nicaragua.

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