How to get from Costa Rica to Panama City

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. SJO - PTY

$147 - $428

Cheapest option

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

  1. CHX - PAC

$35 - $240

4 alternative options

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

  1. SJO - PAC

$46 - $326

Bus Tica Bus  •  14 h

  1. Tourist San Jose / ...

$40 - $90

Bus Marvelus Bus & Shuttle  •  16 h 51 min

  1. San Jose

$55

Drive  •  12 h 32 min

  1. 498.2 miles

$75 - $110

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 25 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

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Costa Rica and Panama City is 519 km. The road distance is 797 km.

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

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

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.

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