The airstrip is 3 km north of town. From the airport, taxis charge US$2 to anywhere in Bilwi. To Bluefields, La Costeña, Mon-Sat, 1110, US$60 1-way, US$110 round-trip. To Managua, La Costeña, daily 0820, 1220, Mon-Sat 1610, US$96 1-way, US$148 round-trip; Atlantic Airlines, daily 1210, US$96 1-way, US$148 round trip. To Minas, La Costeña, Mon, Wed, Fri, 1315.
Bring your passport as there are immigration checks by the police in Bilwi and sometimes in the waiting lounge in Managua. All bags are x-rayed coming into the domestic terminal from any destination.
To Corn Islands, once a month, night departure, US$30, 3 days. It is recommended that you do not hire a boat with fewer than 2 people.
Independent travel to the Cayos Miskitos is not recommended due to problems with drug runners from Colombia using the islands as a refuge. Contact an agency such as AMICA to arrange a guided visit.
A good boat trip is to Laguna Bismuna on the northern coast, reportedly one of the most beautiful in Nicaragua, though easiest access is via Waspam.
Express bus to Managua, Thu and Sat, 0800, US$15 from Enitel, 20 hrs. There are also buses to Rosita and Siuna that connect to buses to Managua. To Waspam, 0700, Mon-Sat, returns from Waspam 1200, US$5.