Port Of San Jorge Ferry Terminal | Vehicle Shipping

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Ferry terminal for Ometepe.
Reservations not needed during the week. Super easy and cheap. We paid 50 cord per person and 80 cord for our vehicle, showed up right before departure.
Reservations recommended call: (505)2278-8180 or (505)2569-4101. The guards at the gate offered to let us sleep in the lot if we payed them $100C to each guard. We stayed down the street in front of the hotel instead.

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Best to make reservations ahead of time, making them day might not work out. Ferry el Che Guevara - 256-34779 (other possible numbers 86941819, 88807739, 83844296, [email protected]) There are two other ferry companies.

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Cyclists:
"official" price per bicycle 30c
price for personal ticket 50c
we paid a port tax of ~5c on the way to Omotepe but never were asked to show it
happy pedaling!
Karl

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Very simple, there are nice guys around that will show you where you have to go. We came here on a Sunday morning 9.10 am, got on the 9.30 am ferry without reservation, there was only one other car on there. We paid 1USD per person tourist tax, 2.30 USD for the car port tax, 500 C for the car ticket (Land Cruiser, 5.30 meter, 2.7m high) on the ferry (incl. driver), another 50 C per passenger.

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We slept here in our van, safe and chill. We paid 70c for park the night to the guard at de entrance gate
Free Wi-Fi no password needed

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We didn't need a reservation. We paid 700 c for the vehicle (truck camper 7m) and two passengers, 72 c port tax, 94 import tax. Total 866 c. About 1h/1h30 by boat.

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Easy enough. Reservation not needed for moto (easy to squeeze on)

1US (or equiv C), paid at window directly behind entry gate & to the left
25C for ticket, paid at window 50m ahead on the left. Tell them your name & plate #
100C for moto, paid on ferry
50C for self, paid on ferry

Return trip:
25C for ticket, paid at entrance
50C for self, paid on ferry
50C for moto, paid on ferry

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The total cost for a 24 ft sprinter van and two passengers was 930 C plus $1pp harbor fee at the entrance.

80C tax
800C for the vehicle and driver
50C for one passenger.

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Left our truck on the mainland and went with our motorbike to Ometepe. Very easy, no reservations:

1) pay USD 1.- / person to enter the harbor area
2) pay C$ 25.- harbor fee for bike at next office on your left (receipt with your name on it)
3) hopp on the Ferry, pay 50.- C$ per person and 50 for the bike.

Out of curiosity we asked how much a truck / big RV is and they said 600.-. Fully loaded big trucks go for 1400.-.

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Got approached by a “helper” right before the entry gate. Says he doesn’t charge anything and just wants to help tourists, lol.

Showed us where we had to go to pay. Got taken to the ticket booth where we paid 50C per person and 600C for our 6m camper.

Later, there is a vehicle tax of 92C. There is also a “tourist tax” of $1 or 35C per person. Lots of charges.

The helper just left us and didn’t ask for money. Not sure what his strategy was, maybe our vehicle ticket was more expensive because of him? Not sure…

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Current car costs:
30c p/p to enter port
550c two people + car
100c approx tax for car + two bikes.

We didn’t reserve anything and got on the next ferry. We were told to reserve if we wanted to travel on Sunday however.

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Went to Ometepe today, 2 persons 2 “grande” motocicletas. Pay:
$1 pp to get into the port
C100 per motorcycle
C50 per person
C25 per moto “port tax”
Loaded onto the boat which was a $hitshow as could be expected but no dramas otherwise.

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Ferries to Ometepe still running as usual. Check times online and call ahead to reserve a spot (not necessary these days). Cost was about 500 Cordobas for the car, plus 50 per person.

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Came on a Thursday morning, most ferries were full but managed to get the 4pm on the Guevara. cost was 1500 for 2 adults, and a 6.4m rig round trip. taxes were an additional 230 paid at Port. lady in office was very friendly, I speak broken Spanish so that helped. tipped a "helper" 60 Cordoba for helping to find an empty time slot and doing taxes for us.

used the office directly to the right of the vehicle gate, Ometepetour.com. she gave me the office number and email, I ended up rebooking the return ticket for free because we wanted to spend more time on the island.

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Made a reservation on the morning of (Sunday) for 1:30pm (3 hours in advance) but we could've taken the next ferry, no problem. Easy process with Cacique. C500 for the van, C82.50 for tax, C50 per person to get on the ferry, and C33 for some tourist fee. Total was C748.50. We were asked to be there 45 minutes prior. Arrived and staff directed us to complete all the steps. Boarding the small boat was a bit tricky and tight fit but very doable. We were lucky to have found a seat as it was already pretty packed. At about the half way point of the ride, staff came around asking for receipt proving we paid the tax. Whoever had not paid it, had to pay him there, cash. About an hour and a half to get to Ometepe, easy unloading process, good experience overall. Would recommend.

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Arrived without a reservation, driving a VW Combi. They first asked 500, but we settled for 450. In total it cost us 697 cordobas to go in Ometepe and 602 to come back. Easy and smooth crossing.

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Check our experience with Che Guevara Ferry on the iOverlander spot in the island. Try not to go with then. They will charge you depending on your face.

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Things were so not clear. So we did not have a reservation. We had arrived around noon and the next ferry was at 1:30pm but on the small ferry. I paid 800C for our small 20 feet motorhome and 2 people. Plus 1$ tax EACH to enter the gate, THEN we had to pay another tax for our van to be on this side of the gate just to go to the ferry... Which was I think 3-5$usd.
Then we saw the tiny ferry and we had to drive reverse to get on it. The ride was a little scary and wavy. But we made it!
Then you get on the island and the road is good in general. some parts are not paved. Some people speaks english !

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I got there 20mins before departure (noon), it was already too late, but no problem I've been shown the booth to book the next boat for 1:30 PM, named El Casique.
I paid C$450 for a small van, plus 50 for me. add C$82.5 for port taxes.
I waited at the gate to make sure I'll get in intime and the guys came to call me right before 1PM
Boat was full afterwards though.

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Going to Ometepe island we boarded the Cacique Nicaraos ferry. Driving a Truck Camper this ferry proved to be a bit small and, even though we had not issues during our voyage, I would not recommend this one for larger rigs.
If you want to ride the ferry with less to worry about be sure to get on the Che Guevara. It is the largest of the Ometepe island ferries.
Tomamos el Cacique Nicaraos en rumbo a Ometepe. Manejamos una camioneta con una camper encima. A pesar de que no tuvimos inconvenientes camino a la isla, pienso que el ferry era un poco pequeño para nuestro vehículo.
Para quienes manejan vehículos mas grandes, aconsejamos abordar el ferry Che Guevara. Es mucho mas amplio y los vehículos entran mejor

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arrived at 10am and was able to catch the 10.30am ferry. paid 480 for the van and 50pp. then paid 82.50 for car tax further up and 33pp for tax at the very entrance before we drove the car straight in.

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Paid 666.50 Cordobas total for SUV/camionetta and two passengers
420 for car
50 per person
32 dock tax per person
82.50 dock tax car

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watch out if you have overhang behind rear axle, got to reverse to enter, killed my rear bumper even though the shippin guys were making signs that its ok, too lazy to get their loading beams out and not ashamed to ask for the shipping fee even though they made a lot of damage.

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Just an update on costs for motorcycles, since I only see cars listed here...
From San Jorge:
Per foreign person tax 32 Córdoba
Motorcycle tax 25C
Ferry cost per person 50C
Ferry cost per moto 100C
Total req’d = 207 cordobas

From Moyogalpa
Manifest? tax 24C
Ferry cost per person 50C
Ferry cost per moto 120C
Total req’d = 194

For round trip is 401 cordobas

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-32 cordobas (1dollar) foreigner tax at the gate
-50 per person
-9 bicycle tax (office around the corner of ticket booth)
-30 to be paid on the boat for bicycle

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Che Guevara Ferry:
600C for motorhome
50C per person
82C port tax
US$1 foreigner fee

Called during the morning to make reservarion. Travelled on the same day at 4pm

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Paid 500 for Volkswagen Vanagon, 50 pp, 82.50 car tax, and 31pp for gate tax (complete with receipt). The boat is shaded and our van is rocking and rolling on this lake.

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Paid 50C$ pp and 462,50C$ for our MB Sprinter (camionetta/ microbus).

When buying your return ticket on Ometepe make sure you buy it from the Office of "EPN" (facing the harbour, its on the right side) and not one of the many tourist offices in order to get the same price.

If you leave the island you have to pay additional island exit tax of 100C$ before entering the boat.

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took the ferry with our van and had a helper bugging us from the start.
to Ometepe paid 700
on the way back 800 for some reason we still don't understand but had to rush as we arrived pretty late

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Prices of november 2017 :
* Campervan (categorized as microbus) : 480C
* 50C per person
* 82,5C as port tax

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Note that on sundays the boat goes at 2:30, not sure if it went earlier but we arrived at 11:00 and had to wait for the afternoon boat.
The schedule only gives you times during the day, not weekends. Make sure you are on time, because this ferry company is very punctual. The most ‘delay’ we had was only 2 minutes so don’t be late.

Although you may have to wait a long time, you can enjoy yourself. Lots of restaurants, a beach, little shopping and free WiFi (you have to try 100 times. A pop up screen appears and then just fill in a number combo and you will get access).

The boat itself is not very modern. Some sort of train seats on two levels and the top deck has no shade whatsoever. So bring sunscreen.
If you ship your car, make sure to pack everything you need for the whole boat ride (1 hour 15) because they park you so close to the other car, you can hardly get out. Driver had to climb over the passenger seat to get out when parked.
Wobbly boat when there is strong wind, so if you’re easily sea sick make sure to get horizon view ;)

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For the ones travelling on a tight budget, here is the full cost for the ferry:

way in: 500 cor for car on the ferry
50 cor pp for the ferry, 82,50 cor port tax (paid separately inside the port)
100 cor propina for a helper, so be careful accepting help

way out:
500 cor for the car on the ferry
50 cor pp for the ferry
82,50 cor port tax (to be paid separately at the port)
50 cor another cost they charge you without explanation (but with receipt) when leaving the island.

--> cost for 2 people was 1415 cor for the two of us

Also note that hikes cost about $3pp and entrance to swimming hole or laguna $5pp. This all used to be free or a third of the price a few years ago, inflation seems to be skyrocketing in Nicaragua, poor people

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We paid 480 for a Toyota Land Cruiser + 82,5 Tax. 50pp

Ferry schedule - "Milton Arcia":
Sale de San Jorge
07:45 am
08:30 am
10:30 am
12:00 pm
02:30 pm
04:30 pm
05:45 pm

Sale de Moyogalpa
06:00 am
06:45 am
09:00 am
10:00 am
12:30 pm
02:00 pm
04:00 pm

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C420 for our compact car + C50 per person + C81 for taxes. We arrived at the port at 5:20 pm and were lucky enough to get into the last ferry of the day, at 5:45 pm. It is a small ferry, there were 4 trucks and us. If we had arrived 5 minutes later, or two cars later, we wouldn't have made it. There were multiple motorcycles and many passengers as well.

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380 + 94 Tax for Eurovan. Telling them that there are not 15 Seats in the car is very important. Payed 20 Tax for our Bike while on the boat. It is a very tight squeeze on those boats!! If you have no reservation you can buy the ticket once the boat before has left, not earlier. 2 Trucks + 1 Van on one ferry. Not more!

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Truck w/slide in camper. Paid 480 for vehicle + 94 for tax + 50pp for us. Arrived at 8am and first couple ferries were full. Got on 12pm ferry. Men with clipboards around ticket windows helping sell tickets. Prices seem to vary based on timing and how they interpret your vehicle. For what it's worth, we would have rather left our vehicle on the mainland, stayed in a hostel/hotel on Ometepe and rented a scooter or dirt bike to explore the island. Properties are generally small on the island with limited space.

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this may be a repeat...
Just want to update the info: We paid 50 cordoba per person amd 80 Cordoba for our van 450 cordoba on the ferry. It was super easy, we showed up 15mins before departure without reservations. We used the El Rey at 9:30am.

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We arrived the day before at midday. The 4 pm ferry was booked, as was the 7 am on Friday (it is busy during the weekend). As soon as you park a guy will talk to you and take you to the office behind the restaurant to the right. We asked what it would cost: Cord 600 for our 5,5 meter long van. The next day we came back to pay and now the price was Cord 800 because "they didn't take a well enough look the day before". Of course we made a fuss, price got down to Cord 700 for the van, Cord 50 per person and Cord 150 impuesto (harbour tax, to be paid at the window on the other side of the street. The other company (no office, just a guy), also charged Cord 800 (although we think someone told him to say this). So no alternative. How to avoid this? Make sure they have a serious look at the van when making a reservation. And tell them to confirm the price (maybe write it down in the reservation booklet?). In the end we had a laugh about it; the lady said Lesley could be a laywer for making our case (it was a verbal contract after all). We paid 3 euro extra and we have a good story. The ferry itself is small, only a few cars and trucks can fit on it. Tight parking. Big trucks are tied up to prevent shifting.

We didn't have a reservation for the return ferry on Sunday at 11 am. The lady at the office said there is no chance someone would cancel. But when we talked to the guy in charge of loading (find someone with a piece of paper with reservations) he told us to park to the side and wait. He could squeeze us in. Cord 94 harbour tax, Cord 50 municipal tax and ferry ride for same price as before (Cord 700 van + Cord 50 per person),

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no problems getting on the ferry with no reservation on both to and from Ometepe. On our return trip a local helped us out as the ferry was leaving before we wanted to and the next one was booked. So he took us across the street to the other company, 2 different companies make the San Jorge run but they dont tell you that :-). price 600 local curancy each way total, just under $30 US for our VW bus and 2 passengers

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had no problem. arrived 20 minutes before and got on without reservation. 100 NIO for 2 persons and 500 for truck camper.
return was 600 NIO for camper.
a bit wavy though, but after telling the crew, the secured/attached the camper

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Best to make reservations ahead of time, making them day might not work out.
Ferry el Che Guevara - 256-34779
(other possible numbers 86941819, 88807739, 83844296, [email protected])

There are two other ferry companies.

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Ferry to Omotepe can only fit 3 cars and 2 trucks per trip (or 7-8 cars without trucks). It is recommended to call and reserve a spot in advance. That said, our hotel in Granada attempted calling several times 1 day prior to our intended travel and could not get anybody to take a reservation (sometimes not answering for hours). We arrived at 930 the next day and could not get on the boat for 1030 nor for 1200. I finally was able to secure a spot on the 1430 sailing after several visits to the office over a few hours. Also, booking reservation for return 2 days later was impossible, it was already booked solid. So we have 1 extra night on Omotepe. You may want to book several days in advance. I have attached photo of sailing times and phone numbers for booking.

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Don't forget to put away your propane tank. You won't be able to sail if you have one visible.

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Don't forget to put away your propane tank. You won't be able to sail if you have one visible.

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I wouldn't recomend to take the fairy with your motorhome, even if the lake is not very rough. We were afraid both ways. The Truck next to us got a destroyed windshield and we were told by the fairyowner after leaving the Harbor , that we settle over on our own Risk. A reservation does not Mean, that your motorhome does have a place at the fairy. We had to wait One Day on Isla Ometepe. Better Option is to let your motorhome at Hotel California in San Jorge and to Choose One of the Hotels in the Island.

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Ferry terminal for Ometepe

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