León's bus station (6a Calle NE; tel. 505/2311-3909) is 1km (1/2 mile) northeast of the city center. Managua is 75 minutes away by microbus and costs C40; buses depart from Mercado Isreal Lewites in the capital to León every 30 minutes from 5am to 5pm. They return to Managua every 30 minutes from 5am to 6pm. Estelí is 3 1/2 hours away and costs C81; there are two buses a day at 5am and 3pm. Chinandega is a half-hour away and costs C25. The trip there takes 1 1/2 hours by ordinary bus and 45 minutes by microbus. There are also connections to Corinto (1 1/2 hr.) and Matagalpa (3 hr.), costing C22 and C80, respectively.
Tierra Tour, 1 1/2 blocks north of Iglesia La Merced (tel. 505/2315-4278; www.tierratour.com), organizes transfers to Managua and farther afield. Their shuttle service leaves daily for Granada at 4pm. Price depends on the size of your group and can vary between C600 and C1,000. Schedules are flexible, and they can drop you off right at your hotel.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.