No matter where you come from a taxi is easiest for your first time. Tell the taxi driver “Calle Primera, Perejil, en la misma casa de La Junta Comunal de Calidonia en Perejil de Colegio Javier.”
From the Tocumen International Airport a taxi will cost $30 or $11 for a shared taxi. Domestic Airport $5, and from the bus station it should be around $3, depending on how many people, more than $3 is OK but not much more.
We’ve recently started our own shuttle service from Tocumen. The shuttle costs $30 for 1-3 people and for 5 people or more $7.50 per person. If you want the shuttle from the hostel to the airport then it’s $30 for the 1-4 people $10.00 per person. If there are 2 groups wanting the shuttle at the same time then we will put them together and only charge as for one group. Taking our shuttle from Tocumen is a great way to get a great price and know you haven’t been ripped off in a taxi. For more information see our shuttle service page. The shuttle is also available for transport to other areas of Panama City.
please note between the hours of 12am and 6am an extra fee is applicable. $5
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For information on arriving to Panama by plane, see this WorldHeadquarters.
The die hard backpackers will probably do it this way,
From the International airport:
Generally only advisable in the daytime. It can take 1-2 hours depending on traffic and costs 25 cents at this stage. If you take one of the new white metro buses you will need a card, which you cant buy at the airport so just ask someone else to swipe you through and give them the money, it normally works. It will go all the way along Via Espana. To reach the bus, exit the airport terminal and walk to the right, go round the side of the cafe and walk through the car park and up to the main road. Cross the road and wait in the bus shelter for a bus that says ‘TOCUMEN-VIA ESPANA’ on the front. With your back to the airport terminal the bus will be traveling to your left. It is easy but you may have to ask for some local assistance.
Tell the driver you want “Farmacias Arrochas en Perejil”. Opposite Arrocha on Via Espana is a Delta gas station. With your back to Farmacias Arrocha cross Via Espana and go up the street that is in front of you. About 50 metres up on the right handside is a white house, you’ll see our signs on the first floor of this house. Go to the second door and hit the buzzer. Say Hi and come on up.
From the Bus terminal/Domestic airport (Albrook):
Getting to us from Albrook bus terminal(where all buses arrive and depart) is easy, so long as you know where to get off. Jump on to a bus that says VIA ESPANA on the front and tell the driver you want to get off at the ‘Hotel Venecia’ . From there cross the street and go up the hill towards Via Espana. Ask if you’re unsure. You’ll go past the Pio Pio chicken fast food shop on your right handside. On the next corner you’ll come out at ‘Farmacias Aroccha’. This is Via Espana. With your back to Farmacias Arrocha cross Via Espana and go up the street that is in front of you. About 50 metres up on the right handside is a white house, you’ll see our signs on the first floor of this house. Go to the second door and hit the buzzer. Say Hi and come on up.
From the domestic airport follow the same directions as above however first you have to get to the bus terminal which is a $3 taxi ride(same as to us…….)
From Costa Rica:
Please read this following link for all the information on alternative crossings from Costa Rica.
1) Take a flight for around $500 with COPAAIR.COM
2) Get in touch with Hostel Mamallena in Cartagena and they can arrange for you to sail here on a 5 day yacht excursion for $500-$550.
3) Take a bus from either Cartagena or Medellin to Turbo, from there you take a speed boat for 4 hrs to a small coastal village called Caparguna. maybe spend a night or 2 there and then take the motorized canoe to Puerto Obaldia and ……………Welcome to Panama!
Once in Obaldia you HAVE to take a 40min flight to Panama City, be warned though that immigration in Obaldia will most likely NOT let you enter until they see a ticket out of PANAMA.
This whole trip will cost in the region of $200-$250 (as of oct 2012), Alternatively you can look for a Kuna boat in Obaldia to take you up to san blas, very rough and slightly dangerous 12hr boat ride
From anywhere else: