How To Get From Panama Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

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We will tell you how to get from Panama airport to city center. There are a few options since the distance from Tocumen International Airport to city center is 30 kilometers and the drive is around 30 minutes depending on the traffic. You can go by taxi for $30 USD. The cheapest way from Panama airport to city center is by bus for $1 USD plus metro and you can hire Uber too.

You’ll need your GPS to track your location and downloading apps make sure you read here Panama sim card for tourist. Also read here budget travel in Panama and budget travel in Costa Rica.

PANAMA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

BUS FROM PANAMA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest ways is by bus from Tocumen International Airport to city center plus metro. You can get Bus Number E489 running every 20 minutes starting from 5 am until midnight.

The total travel time from Tocumen International Airport to city center is 20 minutes to Metro Pedregal. You need to ride the metro until San Miguelito Metro Station Line 1 that will take around 40 minutes. The total travel time bus from Panama airport plus metro to city center is around 1 hour.

The bus fare is 0.25 USD and the metro fare is 0.35 USD. You will have to pay with the RapiPass that costs $2 USD and it’s valid for 2 people (if you are traveling two of you which one you will manage).

Express Bus from Panama Airport To City

You can also use the Express Bus from Panama airport to city center that costs $1.25 USD. The bus is stopping at to Albrook, Corredor Sur where you can get a bus anywhere in the city or just take a taxi. Avenida Balboa can be a great stop since you can walk a few minutes to a few hostels. The bus can take around 1 hour to reach Albrook Bus Terminal from Panama airport.

MetroBus or RapiPass

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MetroBus or RapiPass costs $2 USD and you can buy at the Bus station and in the airport. You can top up and you need the card to get the public transportation in Panama. One RapiPass is valid for 2 people. In case you don’t buy and you are inside the bus you can pay someone the bus fare and they will swipe the card since there are not bus tickets available in the bus.

Metro Map Panama

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There are two lines for Metro in Panama a single journey costs 0.35 USD. Estación Iglesia del Carmen and Estación 5 de Mayo can be your option if you are staying around city center. You will have to get the Metro Line 2 if you are coming by bus from the airport and transfer to Metro Line 1. Make sure you are bringing MetroBus or RapiPass $2 USD to ride the metro.

Pineapple Shuttle Bus Panama Airport To City

There is a Shuttle Bus from Panama airport to city center running 5 times per day. It’s organized by the hostels but you can use if your destination is near. A great idea if you are traveling alone. The shuttle bus fare is $9 USD per person you will have wifi on board.

TAXI FROM PANAMA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you go from Panama airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 30 minutes and the taxi fare from Tocumen International Airport to city center is around $30 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM PANAMA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Uber App can be useful for traveling around Panama but they have similar fare than taxis going from the airport to city center $25-30 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT PANAMA AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Panma’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Panama. It will take you 30 minutes to get to Panama City from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport for $30 USD per day.

Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Panama. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Panama.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION PANAMA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Panama. Prices are around $30 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $7 USD per person.

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For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET IN PANAMA

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Hostel and dorms can only cost $15 USD a night in Panama which is a fair amount if you’re on a budget travel. They are decent and quite comfortable. Of course, there are also mid-range hotels in Panama. They can cost up to $50 USD a night if you want a more comfortable place to stay at while exploring Panama. If you prefer luxury will start from $100 USD per night.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN PANAMA

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If you in local stands, a meal can cost up to $3-$4 USD. It can consists of rice, chicken, beans, and maybe another side plus a drink. You can also find cheap cafes and sandwich shops around for cheaper options of $5-$6 USD a mealBeer is usually $1USD during hostel happy hours while mixed drinks costs $2 USD.

BEST TIME TO VISIT PANAMA

The best time to visit Panama is during the summer dry season from mid-December to mid-April. The Panama Canal Zone has a tropical climate with high humidity year-round. You can also come to Panama in February, March, September and October for the least chance of rain.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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