There are 6 ways to get from Costa Rica to Panama City by plane, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly San Jose to Panama City  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJO) to Panama City (PTY) SJO - PTY

$147 - $428

Cheapest option

Bus to Changuinola, fly to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Limón to Sixaola
  2. Fly from Changuinola (CHX) to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert (PAC) CHX - PAC

$35 - $240

4 alternative options

Fly San Jose to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJO) to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert (PAC) SJO - PAC

$46 - $326

Bus Tica Bus  •  14 h

  1. Take the bus from San Jose Terminal Tica Bus to Panama Albrook Tourist San Jose / ...

$40 - $90

Bus Marvelus Bus & Shuttle  •  16 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from San José to Panama City San Jose

$55

Drive  •  12 h 32 min

  1. Drive from San José to Panama City 498.2 miles

$75 - $110

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Costa Rica to Panama City is to bus which costs $40 - $90 and takes 14 h.

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The quickest way to get from Costa Rica to Panama City is to bus and fly which costs $35 - $240 and takes 3 h 46 min.

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The distance between Costa Rica and Panama City is 519 km. The road distance is 797.1 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 14 min to get from Costa Rica to Panama City, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Jose Terminal Tica Bus and arriving at Panama Albrook. Services depart three times a day. The journey takes approximately 14 h.

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What companies run services between Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama?

Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. and Copa Airlines fly from Alajuela to Panama City every 3 hours. Alternatively, Tica Bus operates a bus from San José to Panama City twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $90 and the journey takes 14 h. Expreso Panamá also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Panama City
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $750
Air Panama
Website
airpanama.com
Flights from Changuinola to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $230
Flights from San Jose to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $330
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from San Jose to Panama City
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Bus operators
Autotransportes MEPE
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from San Jose Terminal Tica Bus to Panama Albrook
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com

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