Transportation

Airports

  • Bocas del Toro: 757-9208
  • Cap. Alfonso Valderama (Chitré): 996-4432
  • Enrique Malek Airport (David): 721-1072
  • Manuel Niño (Changuinola): 758-8231
  • Marcos A. Gelebert (Albrook): 315-0241
  • Rubén Cantú (Santiago): 998-5252
  • Tocumen International Airport (Panamá): 238-2700

Domestic Airlines & Charters

All domestic flights in Panama City originate from and return to Marcos A. Gelebert Airport (tel: 315-0241) in Albrook, which is just 5-10 minutes from the city district.

International Airlines

Panama's Tocumen International Airport is located just 30 minutes southeast of Panama City. Direct and connecting flights depart and arrive daily, flying to and from all major destinations. As well, the airports in Bocas del Toro and David service international flights, see below.

(•) Air Panama flies to San José, Costa Rica from David and Bocas :el Toro.

(••) Nature Air, a Costa Rica airline company, offers service between Bocas del Toro, Panamá and Pavos Airport in San José, Costa Rica.

Bus Service - Domestic

Traveling by bus throughout Panama is efficient and affordable, and virtually every part of the country is accessible. Larger cities, like David, Santiago and Colon, are serviced by large, modern buses, whereas much of the country’s interior is serviced by smaller mini-buses. All buses depart regularly from the Albrook Bus Terminal (tel: 303-3040), which is located just 5-10 minutes outside of the city district.

The metropolitan bus system, known as "'Metro Bus", has a fleet of new, modern buses that run along most of the city's main arteries. In order to ride the "Metro Bus" you must purchase a pre-paid card, which can be purchased in any of their offices. Bus fares for local routes cost $0.25, whereas routes to the outerlying areas cost $1.25. You can recharge your card at any Metro Bus office, in select stores.

Bocas del Toro

Buses to Chiriqui Grande, Almirante and Changuinola depart daily from Panama City (tel: 303-6326) at 7:00 p.m, 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.. When returning to Panama City, buses from Changuinola at 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and from Almirante 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The ride to/from Panama City to Changuinola takes approximately 10 hours. Panama City - Chiriqui Grande ($21.75), Panama City - Almirante - Bocas del Toro ($27.80), Panama City - Almirante ($29.10)

Colón & David

Express and local bus service to Colon is available throughout the day (tel: 303-6379). Express buses, costing $3.15, depart every 30 - 45 minutes between the hours of 4:55 a.m. - 9:00 p.m .(the trip takes approximately 1.5 hours). Local buses depart as frequently, between the hours of 3:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., and cost $1.80 (the trip takes about 2.5 hours).

Regularly scheduled buses travel between Panama City and David throughout the day. The trip lasts approximately 7-8 hours and costs $10 - $11. There are also "Express" buses that complete the trip in just 6-7 hours, and they cost $15 - $16.

Panamá / Costa Rica Border

Direct buses to the Panama/Costa Rica border depart from the Albrook Terminal throughout the day, normally stopping in Santiago and David along the way. The trips lasts about 8.5 - 9 hours and costs approx. $18.00. Or, you can take a bus to David and then hop on a local bus that will take you to the border. Likewise, if you 're at the border you can either take a direct bus to Panama City or a local bus to David, where you'll then need to hop on a bus that travels to Panama City.

Sightseeing Panama
Sightseeing Panama (tels: 392-6000, 392-9999) is an international company that offers bus tours of the Panama Canal and Panama City. Your ticket allows you to HOP ON and HOP OFF at any of their many stops for a specified periof of time. Stops include Albrook Mall, Panama Canal, Museum of Biodiversity, Flamenco Island (Causeway), Casco Antiguo (Viejo), Multicentro Mall, Panama Viejo and Multiplaza Mall.

Bus Service - International

There are two bus companies offer bus service between Panama City, Panama and San José, Costa Rica, Tickets cost approximately $40.00 each way, and the trip lasts between 14-16 hours. Buses depart from and return to the Albrook Bus Terminal.

Car Rental Companies

  • Alma: 236-5777
  • Ancon: 225-1433
  • Arrendadora Economica: 229-5257
  • Automobile Car Rental: 225-8974
  • Avis: 800-2847
  • B&B Rent a Car: 391-7640
  • Barrage: 269-0056
  • Budget: 263-8777
  • Continental Car Rental: 213-0177
  • Dollar: 270-0355
  • Executives Rent a Car: 392-0202
  • Express Car Rental: 225-3200
  • Hertz: 301-2611
  • National Car Rental: 265-2222
  • Panama Rent a Car: 263-7604
  • Panarent Rent a Car: 393-3180
  • Payless Car Rental: 263-2000
  • Prestige Car Rental: 393-9406
  • Shellane’s: 265-3880
  • Sixt: 269-7498
  • Smile Rent a Car: 396-2050
  • Thrifty: 800-2277
  • Truck 4 Rent: 360-1515

Ferry Services

Helicopter Rental & Tours

Metro City Train Service

Inaguarted in 2014, at a cost of over $1.5 billion dollars, Panama's Metro is Central America's first underground railway system. The Metro currently operates one line, which connects the Albrook Bus Termainal and Los Andes Shopping Mall, though there are plans to add an additional line. Covering a distance of 8.5 miles (13.7 km), the ride costs just $0.35 and must be paid for with the Metro card - the same card that is used for the Metro buses. Trains pass every 5 minutes and make several stops along Via España, i.e Via Argentia, Via Veneto and 5 de Mayo. The Metro, a very pleasant experience, offering an affordable, rapid and convenient way of getting around Panama City.

Motorcycle Rental & Tours

Panama Canal Railway Service

The Panama Canal Railway (tel: 317-6070), a 47.6 mile transcontinental railroad operating parallel to the Panama Canal, offers passenger service Monday – Friday between Panama City and Colon. The train departs Corozal at 7:15 a.m. and returns from Colon at 5:15 p.m. The trip lasts one hour and costs $22.00 each way and provides passengers with a wonderful opportunity to see the Canal in its entirety.

Taxi Service

Taxi’s throughout Panama are plentiful and can be easily recognized by their yellow color and numbered markings. All fares are based on zones, there are no meters; cab drivers are required by law to carry a copy of the zone chart with them at all times. Most fares within the metropolitan area average $2.00 - $4.00, and for each addition passenger there is a $0.50 surcharge. Trips between Panama City and Tocumen International Airport cost $25.00 - $30.00 for two people (one way), with each additional passenger required to pay $10.00. The standard hourly rate for taxi rental in Panama City hovers between $8.00 - $12.00, depending on the vehicle type and service you are requesting.