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How to cross the boarder from Costa Rica to Nicaragua?

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This time I was not in Costa Rica for traveling around a long time but just for the purpose to get to Nicaragua.

How can you cross the boarder without problems?

There is a Bus from San José (Terminal Caribe) directly to Peñas Blancas (boarder). It costs about 4500 Colones (10 Euros) and takes around 6 hours. The bus starts from the morning to the evening every full hour.


Office for buying the exit fees

At the boarder it´s a bit more complex. First you have to go to a little house in order to pay the fees for leaving the country (8 $). Then you have to go the the counter for leaving the country, in order to get your stamp and then you have to walk for around 500 meters to the Nicaraguan side. Here you have to pay again 12 $ for entering the country. They also want you to pay 1 $ at a seperate counter, but actually, nobody wants to see the proof, that you paid it.

After this procedure, you have to walk again to the other side, where the local busses to Managua or Rivas start. Taxi drivers will attack you and tell you, that there are no buses or something like that. The best is just to ignore them and to go straight to the waiting buses.


Thanks for reading! :)




Deutsche Version

Wie überquerst du ohne Probleme die Grenze von Costa Rica nach Nicaragua?

Es gibt einen Bus von San José (Terminal Caribe) direkt nach Peñas Blancas (Grenzübergang). Dieser kostet 4500 Colones (ca. 10 €) und braucht um die 6 Stunden. Die Busse fahren stündlich, zu jeder vollen Stunde, von früh morgens bis Abends. An der Grenze wird es ein wenig komplizierter.


Häuschen, wo man die Ausreisesteuer bezahlen muss

Zuerst muss man zu einem kleinen Haus gehen, um dort die Ausreisegebühren aus Costa Rica zu bezahlen (8 $). Dann musst du mit dem Beleg zum Schalter gehen, um das Land zu verlassen. Danach kommt ein Fußmarsch von ca. 500 Metern zur Seite von Nicaragua. Hier musst du 12 $ bezahlen, um überhaupt einreisen zu können. An einem anderen Schalter verlangt man von dir noch einmal 1 $ zu zahlen; den Beleg dafür möchte jedoch niemand wirklich sehen.

Nach dieser Prozedur musst du noch einmal ein Stück zu den lokalen Bussen laufen. Dort fahren sie nach Rivas oder Managua. Aber Achtung: Taxi Fahrer sind sehr aufdringlich und wollen dir versichern, dass es keine Busse oder so gibt, die dort hin fahren, wo du hin möchtest. Am besten einfach ignorieren und direkt zu den Bussen laufen.


Danke fürs Lesen! :)











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