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Managua, Departamento de Managua, Nicaragua

How much does it cost to travel to Managua?

You should plan to spend around $55 (C$2,007) per day on your vacation in Managua. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $17 (C$637) on meals
  • $20 (C$722) on local transportation
  • $46 (C$1,677) on hotels

A one week trip to Managua for two people costs, on average, $764 (C$28,104). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Managua cost?

A one week trip to Managua usually costs around $382 (C$14,052) for one person and $764 (C$28,104) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Managua on average costs around $764 (C$28,104) for one person and $1,529 (C$56,207) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Managua will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Managua on average costs around $1,638 (C$60,222) for one person and $3,276 (C$120,445) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Managua has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Managua expensive to visit?

Managua is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Nicaragua, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Central America, Managua is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Central America for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as David, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Puerto Viejo.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Managua Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Managua?

The average Managua trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Managua travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) C$1,677 ($46)
Local Transportation 1 C$722 ($20)
Food 2 C$637 ($17)
Entertainment 1 C$586 ($16)
Tips and Handouts 1 C$1 - 2 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 C$204 - 611 ($6 - 17)
Accommodation Budget in Managua
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Managua is $23 (C$839). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Managua is $46 (C$1,677). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Managua

Looking for a hotel in Managua? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Managua based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $68. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Managua
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Managua is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 (C$722) per person, per day, on local transportation in Managua.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Rental Cars in Managua
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Food Budget in Managua
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Managua can vary, the average cost of food in Managua is $17 (C$637) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Managua should cost around $6.93 (C$255) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Managua is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Managua
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  • Entertainment and activities in Managua typically cost an average of $16 (C$586) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Managua
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Managua is $0.03 (C$1.25) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Managua is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Managua
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  • The average person spends about $11 (C$407) on alcoholic beverages in Managua per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Managua
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  • On average, people spend $0.65 (C$24) on bottled water in Managua per day. The public water in Managua is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Managua On a Budget
Managua Managua, Nicaragua
Managua is the capital, and largest city in Nicaragua. The economy is generally centered around the trade of coffee, cotton, and other types of agriculture. It also is a textile capital for the area. Managua is also a very reasonably priced destination in Central America. Restaurants and hotels are quite affordable and you'll find all kinds of international cuisine around the city. Transportation is also incredibly affordable and you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised at the cost of intercity bus rides.

While Managua has a reputation for being a dangerous city, it has actually made a great effort to get this problem under control. Today you will see a heavy police presence throughout the entire city. Crime is now relatively low, but common sense is still important. Stay alert when you're traveling around the city, particular at night. Travel in groups when you can and it is best to have someone with you who speaks Spanish. Also make sure you understand which neighborhoods you will be wandering through so you know what risks you may be taking.

Managua has a tropical climate. The temperatures are relatively constant throughout the year, averaging between 82 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a dry season that is between November and April and a wet season from May to October. Temperatures are warmest in March and April.
There are some fascinating sights around Managua, many of which highlight the colonial architecture around the city. Make sure you head to the Catedral de Managua, which is now in ruins after the 1972 earthquake. Today the Palacio Nacional is a museum with a multitude of exhibits you can visit. Visit the Rotonda Ruben Dario at night when the fountain is lit up and quite pleasant to see. A fun place to see is Tiscapa Lagoon which is a freshwater lagoon and volcano crater lake. It has ziplines nearby which can be fun. There's also a New Cathedral worth visiting and Parque de la Paz, also worth a visit.
Managua has a population of about 1,800,000, making it the second largest city in Central America after Guatemala City. Following the 1972 earthquake, many residential and business areas grew in the outskirts of the city. Barrio Martha Quezada and Barrio Jorge Dimitrove are both quiet, but less safe parts of the city. If you find yourself in these areas, it's best not to wander around after dark. The TicaBus Station is located in Barrio Jorge Dimitrov and there are many budget hotels nearby, so if you arrive in this area, it's best not to travel alone and make sure you take taxis at night.

If you're looking for bars and restaurants, then you'll find many in the area south of the big BAC building downtown. Zona Rosa is a growing area with bars and restaurants in a predominantly residential neighborhood. Zona Viva also has several options.

It can be fun to shop for handicrafts in Managua. Mercado Huembes has everything from local souvenirs to hammocks or art work. Galeria Codice is a great place to buy art. They have high quality work from all over Nicaragua.

Managua has many casinos throughout the city. Casinos range in size from small to large and several have poker games, while most of them have slot machines.
Food and Dining
There are plenty a delicious and reasonably priced restaurants and bars around town. The typical breakfast in Managua is Leche Agria, which is a homemade yogurt based drink. You can pick one up at any number of places, and many people enjoy it with a tortilla. Pupusas, fruit juices, roast chicken, and steakhouses are all available as well. There are some good international restaurants as well, including a popular French restaurant, Le Cafe de Paris. This high price restaurant has a good wine selection, foie gras, and pepper steak, among other French favorites.

Although there is a local bus system that is well organized, you are required to purchase a smart card to use a bus. This is very difficult for visitors, and bus drivers will not accept cash.

There are several car rental agencies in the city but driving can be difficult and confusing. There is not a traditional street address system and directions are usually given with landmarks. This can prove difficult for those not familiar with the city.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.