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Bus from Liberia, Costa Rica to Leon, Nica?

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Bus from Liberia, Costa Rica to Leon, Nica?

Has anyone been to costa costa/nicaragua recently and can tell me if there is a bus that goes from Liberia to Leon? I'll be arriving in Liberia and want to go to Leon and Granada. But I only found businformation about going to Granada from Liberia but not Leon. do I have to go to either Granada or Managua to get to leon? or is there a direct bus?

I also read one could take a local bus from liberia to the border, cross and and look for transportation on the nicaragua side. how well does that work? are there busses or collectivos (shared vans) going to nicaraguan cities?

Thanks so much.

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1. Re: Bus from Liberia, Costa Rica to Leon, Nica?

http://www.actiweb.es/nicaexpreso/ this is the bus that goes all the way to Chinandega passing by Leon.

the other way how you mention take a bus to the border and then take a bus to Managua and then to Leon.

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2. Re: Bus from Liberia, Costa Rica to Leon, Nica?

Thanks a lot Byron. Hadn't come across this site yet.

Meanwhile I've decided to just go to Granada as leon is quite far and I would spend a lot of time on the bus. I only have 3 days. Because the buses don't leave liberia until 8/9am I thought about taking a local bus to the border in penas blancas and then another local bus to granada. how often do busses leave from the nicaraguan border to granada? and how much are they? do I need cordobas or can I pay in US $? I could exchange at the border, right?

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3. Re: Bus from Liberia, Costa Rica to Leon, Nica?

There is a Tica bus that goes from Liberia all the way to Managua. It stops in Granada. This is a very nice bus that is air conditioned - make sure you have a jacket as these buses get really cold!. Think Greyhound. Last year it cost me about $27.00 to go from Liberia to Granada. They stop at the border and take care of the immigration process for you, you just have to pay the fee. I took the local buses up to Granada and took the Tica bus back. The trip on the Tica bus was way nicer, and way faster! I did enjoy my trip on the local buses though, quite a bit of the local flavor.

From Managua you can get transportation to Leon. The Tica bus will be the fastest route. Remember to reserve your seat in advance! I think the price was in local currency, not USD.

Regarding the comment about the local buses, you can take a local bus from Liberia to La Frontera - the border. It makes a few stops and the bus itself is pretty good. Cost is really cheap. The bus stops at the border and everyone gets off. You walk thru Costa Rica to the Nicaragua side where you go into a building to pay your fees to go into the country and get your passport stamped. From there you will walk across a street, through a gate and into Nicaragua. You will notice a huge difference between the two countries. There will be a chicken bus waiting to take passengers up to Granada and parts beyond. You get on that bus and wait for it to leave. They drive like bats out of ......, and make quite a few stops. It is an experience! It also takes quite a while. It too is really cheap, so take your pick! Luxury and speed, or bumpy and slow.

Depending on the day of the week and the month, the time at the Nicaraguan border can be very slow. It took me about 1 hour - I was traveling by myself. The people being escorted by Tica get through faster. The Nicaraguan border is a mess! It is totally disorganized with no signs. You will figure it out though, but ask someone to direct you to the “chicken bus” . We stood around the terminal area expecting the buses to be there as they have loading type docks. Wrong, we had to cross this area, a street and go through the gate. Hard to explain this. It was just a dirt area. Ask someone and you will be directed.

One of the most enjoyable things about the local buses was whenever they came to a stop, someone would come on the bus selling food, drinks, water, then they hop off. It was entertaining, cheap, and took care of any hunger issues!

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4. Re: Bus from Liberia, Costa Rica to Leon, Nica?

Thanks for this extensive information. I'll keep it for when I return.

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