Traveling by bus in Panama is efficient and affordable, with virtually every part of the country accessible. All buses in Panama City depart from the Albrook Bus Terminal, which is located just outside downtown city - a short 5 minute taxi ride. The standard taxi fare from Panama City to this airport is between $1.25 - $1.75, depending on where you depart from.
NOTE: visit the web site fhe Albrook Bus Terminal, which is in Spanish only. Along the upper left side select the destination of interest and click the green button for current schedules. The city of David is located in the Chiriqui Province.
Two bus companies offer international bus service between Panama and Costa Rica - Panaline and Tica Bus. The trip between Panama City and San Jose, Costa Rica takes approx. 16 hours, with one-way tickets costing $25.00.
David & Colon
Large, comfortable, air-conditioned buses service the cities of David and Colon.
Buses to David depart 24 hrs/day. Daytime trips normally take approx. 6-7 hours, however, the express buses that depart during the evening hours can complete the trip in as little as 5 hours.
Express and local buses to Colon depart regularly everyday. Express buses depart Panama every 30 minutes between 4:40 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. and cost $2.50 each way - the trip takes approximately 1.5 hours. Local buses depart between the hours of 3:50 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and cost $1.80 one way - the trip takes about 2 - 2.5 hours.
The medium sized, mini-buses that service the country’s interior, i.e. Santiago, Chitré, Las Tablas, etc., are comfortable, normally air conditioned, and depart regularly throughout the day at set times.
Overnight bus service from Panama City to Bocas del Toro is also available. Buses depart Panama at 8:00 p.m., arriving Almirante at 6:00 a.m. (adults $23.00 one-way) and Changuinola at 7:00 a.m. (adults $24.00 one-way).
In and around Panama City most of the buses is service are the old, school bus style that lack air conditioning, however, some of the more heavily traveled routes do use more comfortable, air conditioned buses. Public buses, including those that go to Tocumen International Airport, cost $0.25 - the air conditioned express buses to the airport cost $0.75.
Taxi’s throughout Panama are plentiful, and can be easily recognized by their numbered markings, however, they come in all size, shapes and colors. All fares are based on zones or areas, and not determined by meters - cab drivers are required to carry a copy of the zone chart with them at all times. Most fares within the metropolitan area average between B/.1.00-B/.1.50, and for each addition person there is a B/.0.25 surcharge. Trips from Panama City to Tocumen International Airport cost approx. B/.15.00 per person, with each additional person paying B/.5.00. The standard hourly rate for taxi rental is B/.8.00, however, that can vary depending on the type of service you are requesting, so establish a price before departing.
The Panama Canal Railway, a 47.6-mile transcontinental railroad operating parallel to the Panama Canal, offers passenger service between Panama City and Colon Monday - Friday. The train departs Panama City from Corozal at 7:15 a.m. and returns from Colon at 5:15 p.m., with the trip lasting approximately one hour. Tickets cost $22.00 one-way and $38.00 round-trip. You can’t reserve seats in the tourist car, which has a glass ceiling, however, if you arrive early you should be able to obtain tickets without too much difficulty - so arrive early. The standard taxi fare from Panama City to Corozal is approx. $5.00 one way. For more information about the Panama Canal Railway and schedules we encourage you to visit their web site.