Good to Know

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At the Airport

At the airport, your driver will be waiting for you on the sidewalk, holding a sign with your name on it. After going through baggage claim, and then customs, glass doors lead outside the terminal to the sidewalk where your driver will welcome you and escort you to your vehicle.


Our online reservation system calculates price as you make a reservation. Just begin entering your reservation and check the price at the bottom of the page. It changes to reflect the times and locations associated with your trip.

Looking down on San Juan del Sur bay

Nicaragua Now

The news media reports bad news. So you won’t learn from the news that Nicaragua is a safe, peaceful, and beautiful place to visit, but that is the news from Nicaragua. Even during the barricades, the violence was in the cities, with areas such as San Juan del Sur never experiencing violence.

Air Lines

A barometer of desirability is the number of flights serving an area. And the airlines are returning, not to the previous frequency, but more and fuller flights are coming to Managua every week. And flying into Liberia, Costa Rica, has become more popular than ever as an alternative to the airport in Managua.

No Adelante Express Scheduled Service Yet

Even with the increase in visitors, we regret that we don’t yet have the volume to resume our lower-cost scheduled service, but we have continued offering our private service throughout, which continues to be one of the best prices available for a comparable service.

The Royal Treatment

Many businesses shut down when the insurgency did so much damage to tourism. Those that remained open, and those reopening, remain slow. If you hate crowds and enjoy a very conscientious level of personal service, the time may never be better than now for a visit.

Check out our new concierge service for a sample of what’s available. And don’t hesitate to call or email for help arranging your entire visit or just a tip or two on some local knowledge to help make you better informed when making your own plans.

Looking out over Apoyo Lagoon

Looking out over Apoyo Lagoon

Serving All of Western Nicaragua

Private service is available to all major cities and locations in Western Nicaragua, including:

  • Apoyo Lagoon
  • Barcelo Montelimar Resort
  • Chinandega
  • Gran Pacifica
  • Granada
  • León City
  • Managua (airport)
  • Matagalpa
  • Peñas Blancas (Costa Rica border)
  • Rivas (for San Jorge and Ometepe island)
  • San Juan del Sur
  • Selva Negra
In addition to our private services, less-expensive scheduled trips serve the southern end of Nicaragua, down to the border with Costa Rica, including:

  • Managua (airport)
  • Granada
  • Rivas (for San Jorge and Ometepe island)
  • San Juan del Sur

Crankin’ a bottom turn at Maderes.


Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa, near Liberia, Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa, near Liberia Costa Rica

We offer daily shuttles throughout Costa Rica, including daily shuttles leaving San Juan del Sur for the airport in Liberia, Costa Rica, every morning at 6:00 am, for a fare of $40 per person. Trips to San Juan del Sur leave Liberia at 9:15 am. The pickup and destination point in Liberia is the Plaza Santa Rosa, Banco de Costa.

Transportation between the airport and Plaza Santa Rosa must be arranged on an individual basis (not provided by Adelante Express for this shuttle service, private service is direct to the airport), typically by taxi. Expect a fare of between $15 and $20 US.

Arrangements can also be made on both scheduled routes and private vehicles providing service within Costa Rica to:

  • Arenal/La Fortuna
  • Bocas del Toro
  • Boquete
  • Jaco
  • Liberia
  • Manuel Antonio
  • Monteverde
  • Puerto Viejo/Cahuita
  • Samara
  • San Jose
  • Tamarindo
  • Tortuguero
One of the ten most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal; in the Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica.

One of the ten most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal; in the Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica.

Border crossings are facilitated and you enjoy the reliability and convenience of reserving travel in both countries through Adelante Express.

Because arrangements vary for different locations, our online reservation system does not yet let you make on-line reservations for trips crossing between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. But reservations can be easily made, or more information obtained, by calling or emailing now, without obligation.

Friendly and reliable, Adelante Express provides all you need to extend your visit into Costa Rica, or to enhance your visit to Costa Rica with a side trip into Nicaragua.


Another perfect day at Vistas de Cinco Bahias

Surrounding Locations

Locations outside the cites and locations we serve often require time-consuming travel over vehicle-consuming roads. As a service to our customers, we go this additional distance for a nominal additional fee. This is a flat fee for each trip and is not increased for additional passengers in the same vehicle. It is added for areas including Costa Paraiso, Escameca, Nacascolo, Pacific Marlin, Paradise Bay, Playa El Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Maderas, Playa Marsella, Playa Remanso, and the Yankee area.

Cruise Ship in the Bay-R

Cruise ships come to visit the home of San Juan del Sur’s fleet of small fishing boats.

Anything Cheaper

Nicaragua offers some of the best total-trip-cost values in the world. Within that total, transportation may seem closer to what it costs in other countries than does the cost of food, lodging, and other expenses. The reason for this is simple: vehicles actually cost more here than in the US, because of high import duties. Fuel also costs significantly more. Tires and other maintenance items are similarly expensive.

Adelante Express works within these constraints to offer the lowest fares possible that ensure the reliability, comfort, and safety that you and our other customers expect and deserve. Offering a comparable service “cheaper” is simply not sustainable: Something has to give, which typically jeopardizes your safety or comfort, or degrades reliability. Or employees may be cheated of their social security or health care benefits.

Even a competitor that may undercut prices is hurt, because those prices are unsustainable: Vehicles break down due to poor maintenance. There’s no capital for vehicle replacement; and ultimately, they are left with only a reputation for cheap service they can no longer deliver.

Adelante Express is proud to employ primarily local, native residents, so that they can support their families and build our community. By traveling with Adelante Express, and those who compete at the same fair market price, you help to ensure the livelihood of Nicaraguans, at the same time you are ensuring your own safety, comfort, and convenience.

Travel After Dark

We discourage travel after dark. Nicaragua does not have the same type of limited-access highways you may be used to. Much of the Pan-American Highway between Managua and San Juan del Sur is two-lane and the only paved road in the area. This means that it is shared by everything from ox carts and bicycles to the largest of semi trucks. And it is especially dangerous after dark.

If you are arriving near or after sundown, or leaving on an early flight, we recommend staying at one of the hotels adjacent to the airport. The
Camino Real offers Adelante Express passengers a discount;
click here to learn more. The Best Western is also near the airport.

We also understand that you may be on a tight schedule and sometimes travel after dark just can’t be avoided. For those situations, we offer trips after dark, for an additional fee.

Managua Pickup Times

In Managua, our first pickup location is the airport. This means there is a possibility of late flights delaying pickups at other locations. If this happens, we make every effort to keep all passengers informed, and to provide alternatives if the delay is extended.