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Managua Taxis

Managua Taxi General Information and Tips


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Managua Taxi Service

Managua is the capital and largest city in Nicaragua. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua, it is a bustling metropolis with over one million people. The city has a rich cultural heritage that dates back centuries, and visitors can explore its many historical sites, cultural attractions, and vibrant nightlife. From the National Museum to the Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve and the Chiltepe Volcano, Managua has so much to experience!

When it comes to getting around Managua, taxis are a popular option. Managua taxi services are plentiful and relatively inexpensive, offering fast and convenient transport to make the most of your time in this vibrant city. You can book an airport taxi in advance with Welcome to ensure reliable and comfortable transportation with an English-speaking driver.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
Palacio Nacional to Obelisco Santo Domingo 8 € 12 € 23 MIN
Managua Seawall to Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve
 3.70 € 5.60 € 10 MIN
Chiltepe Volcano to Plaza de la República
 15 € 22.50 € 40 MIN

Managua taxi prices

Taxis in Managua are cheaper than in most European and North American cities. They can be found at landmarks, the airport, and transport centres. However, their quality, cost, and reliability differ due to poor regulation. For this reason, visitors are advised to use licensed Managua taxi services instead of flagging cabs on the street. This discrepancy is also evident in that although one taxi in Managua may use a taximeter to calculate its fares based on predetermined rates per city zone, another may require you to agree upon a price with the driver.

Day rates

  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): €1.80 (NIO 73.10)
  • Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff): €1.20 (NIO 48.70)
  • Taxi 1-hour Waiting (Normal Tariff): €5.50 (NIO 219.30)

Night rates

Taxi fares increase during nighttime, but the specific rates depend on your chosen provider.

Please note that the rates for local taxis may change and are only meant to serve as a guide. Final fares can include extra fees, so it’s recommended to inquire about any possible surcharges.

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How to get a taxi in Managua

Exploring Managua can be done quickly and easily by getting a taxi. Taxis are plentiful and can be easily found near tourist areas. However, as there is a lack of regulation, the quality and price of the service may vary. Using a reputable and trustworthy taxi company is best to avoid unnecessary surprises. Also, before booking a transfer, we recommend asking for a cost estimate and confirming the fare with your hotel or online. Keep in mind that, in Managua, it is quite common to share a taxi with other travellers. To secure a private vehicle and travel at your pace, you can book an airport taxi or negotiate a different price with the driver. Below are some local taxi services you can phone for a pickup, and you can also try the local taxi app Ray for on-demand service.

  • Taxi Managua: +505 (8) 236 5032
  • Cooperativa Taxis Carlos Fonseca: +505 (2) 280 3990
  • Cooperativa de Taxis Eclipse 98: +505 (8) 897 1083

Pre-booking your Managua taxi service

Pre-book your Managua Airport taxi with Welcome Pickups for reliable, comfortable, and hassle-free transportation and take the stress out of your Managua travels.

Our rates are fixed and competitive, and we provide prompt, English-speaking professional drivers and 24/7 customer support to guarantee satisfaction and complete peace of mind!

Managua taxi tips

  1. In Managua, locals often share taxis so your driver may pick up extra passengers along the way. To secure a private journey, you will have to tell your driver before heading off and agree upon a higher price for the service.
  2. Taxis in Managua do not accept credit cards so always have enough cash on you to pay your fare.
  3. Although you are not expected to tip your driver in Managua, if you are satisfied with the service, a 10% tip will definitely be appreciated.

Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Managua

Wheelchair-accessible taxis are said to be available in Managua, but unfortunately, these services are limited and not well advertised. We recommend inquiring with one of the more established taxi services in Managua ahead of your visit, such as Taxi Managua, at +505 (8) 236 5032 and highlighting your requirements.

Managua taxi safety and complaints

Taxis in Managua are generally considered to be safe, however, travellers should always exercise caution and avoid taking unlicensed or unmarked vehicles. It is also advisable to ask the driver for their license and identification number and get an estimate of the fare before starting the ride. In the event of a complaint, it is recommended to reach out to the taxi company you used, or alternatively, contact the Police at 118 for more serious matters.

Frequently asked questions

How do I call a taxi in Managua?

There are several Managua taxi services that you can contact to call for a taxi, including Taxi Managua at +505 (8) 236 5032, Cooperativa Taxis Carlos Fonseca at +505 (2) 280 3990, Cooperativa de Taxis Eclipse 98 at +505 (8) 897 1083, or you can try the taxi app Ray.

For a safe and stress-free Managua taxi, you can also book in advance with Welcome Pickups. Our reliable private transfer service comes with a fixed rate fee and professional English-speaking drivers, giving you peace of mind as you explore the city of Managua.

Do taxis in Managua accept card payments?

Taxis in Managua do not accept credit or debit cards, so make sure you have enough cash to pay for your fare. We recommend that travellers always have a good idea of the cost of each ride. You can do so by checking online or with your hotel concierge and later agreeing upon a price with the operator when booking a taxi or with the driver before entering the vehicle.

How do taxis in Managua calculate their fares?

The day rates for a taxi in Managua are calculated by a €1.80 (NIO 73.10) initial rate, an additional €1.20 (NIO 48.70) for every kilometre travelled, and a €5.50 (NIO 219.30) charge for 1 hour of waiting, whereas night rates have a higher tariff. The rates are a guide as not all taxis use a taximeter, and many may require negotiating on a price with the driver before setting off. If you would prefer to secure a fixed rate at a competitive price, you can book your airport taxi in advance with Welcome and avoid surprises.

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