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Transports in Panama

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There are different means of transport in Panama: planes, trains, subway, bus, taxi, etc. You can choose among these according to your itinerary.

Panama has good road infrastructure and a highly developed transports system. You will have no trouble in traveling from one region to another if you are moving there. The different cities are interconnected by very busy airports and highways. You can also travel by taxi or rent a car if you have a valid driver's license. Your choice will largely depend on your budget and your itinerary.

Aircraft

Various Panamanian cities are served by several airlines. The country's largest airport, the "Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen" is located in Panama City. You can also find domestic airports in David, among others. If you are on a business trip to Panama, you can benefit from attractive packages with local airlines.

 Good to know:

Domestic flights usually last for less than an hour. Ticket prices vary according to seasons and availability.

 Useful links:

Air Panama www.airpanama.com
Copa Air www.copaair.com
American Airlines www.aa.com
Nature Air www.natureair.com
Avianca www.avianca.com

Train

Panama's train is rather popular with tourists wishing to explore the country. It will take you through cities to visit the Panamanian countryside. Although trains are quite old and less comfortable, rates are rather affordable. Moreover, the city subways allow you to move rapidly between your workplace and your home. You will also avoid heavy traffic during peak hours.

 Useful links:

Panama Canal Railway www.panarail.com
El Metro de Panama www.elmetrodepanama.com

Bus

The bus is certainly the best and cheapest way to travel throughout Panama. You can travel by bus to work or to go shopping. You can also find tour buses which will allow you to explore the country at competitive rates. Most Panamanian buses are regular bus and comfortable. Tickets can be reserved or purchased at the bus station. You will find bus stops in almost all streets in big cities.

 Good to know:

In general, buses are available until nightfall. However, long journey buses, especially tourist buses, are on duty even at night.

 Useful links:

The Bus Schedule thebusschedule.com
Expreso Panama www.expresopanama.com
Panama Pacifico www.panamapacifico.com

Boat

If you wish to explore neighboring islands such as Bocas del Toro, Guna Yala, Colon, Taboga and Contadora, you can travel there by boat. In fact, you will find water taxis and ferries which can take you there at any time of the day. You can even bring your car or motorcycle. Fees are rather affordable.

Taxi

It is not difficult to find a taxi in Panama. These are painted in yellow. Fares are quite low although taxis have no counter meter. Thus, fees can be negotiated with the driver. However, fares are pre-established locally in some areas. You should expect to pay an average of US$ 3 for a trip downtown and less in rural areas. However, advance booking is advised. It is better than waiting for them in the street.

 Warning:

Tourist taxis are larger and more comfortable, equipped with an air conditioning system. But fees fares will be higher.

 Useful links:

Yellow Car Taxi www.yellowcartaxi.com
Taxi Service Panama www.taxiservicepanama.com
Taxi Click www.taxiclick.com

Rent a car

You are allowed to drive in Panama with your foreign driving license for a period of 90 days (see article Driver's license in Panama). Thus, you can rent a car if you prefer to travel freely, alone or with your family. But you must be at least 23 years old and have your passport in your possession. The car rental agency will require you to purchase a damage and theft insurance.

 Useful links:

Rental Car Group panama.rentalcargroup.com
Hertz www.hertz.fr
Rental Cars www.rentalcars.com
Sixt www.sixt.com
Thrifty www.thrifty.com

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