Cost of living Nicaragua

Dear Spanish student, welcome to our city. Here you can get an idea about the costs of living in Esteli.


If you arrive in the evening at the airport we recommend you to stay one night in a hotel in Managua and travel to Esteli next day.


The bus station in Managua for Esteli is located at the Market Mayoreo.

There you will find two types of busses. The “Ordinario busses” and the “Express Busses”.  Ordinary busses usually are old Bluebird School busses ( Chicken busses) which means no luggage compartment. 
Express Busses are more comfortable and have a separate luggage compartment. Sometimes they also show a movie by traveling to Esteli. You may be issued a paper”ticket” on busses to Esteli- don’t lose it, as that could be an excuse to charge you again. It is better to be there one hour in advanced. So you can make sure to get a ticket for the bus.
Bus stations in Nicaragua are often huge, chaotic lots next to markets where you can find many sellers yelling their products. It may seem difficult to navigate, particularly if you don’t speak much Spanish. Fear not! There are always guys yelling “Esteli, Esteli, Esteli”. Just ask them for a ticket. It’s  recommendable to pay with cordobas.

 Hiring taxis between cities could be a comfortable and reasonable option for midrange travelers. 

One way ticket (Local transport in Managua)$0.20
Taxi from the airport to the bus station$2.66
Ticket ( Express bus from Managua to Esteli)$3.10
Taxi in Esteli (Normal fee)$0.60
One way ticket ( Local transport in Esteli) $0.30
Taxi to the waterfall La Estanzuela. (one way)$10.00

 ATM machines in Esteli

Before your trip to Nicaragua make sure that your debit or credit card works here in Nicaragua. Some ATM reject credit or debit card. It is very important if you can check how much do they charge for every withdraw. Some banks don’t work with Nicaraguan bank and they charge at least $8.85 every time.

Prices in a restaurant

Rafael Castillo

I am Rafael Castillo. I am a Spanish teacher in Esteli Nicaragua. I have taught Spanish as a second language over 20 years. I enjoy teaching Spanish. For me every student is a pleasure to work with because they are unique.