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

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Fly San Jose to Panama City  •  4 h 19 min

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

$147 - $428

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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

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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

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

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The best way to get from Costa Rica to Panama City without a car is to bus which takes 14 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 19 min to get from Costa Rica to Panama City, including transfers.

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Costa Rica to Panama City bus services, operated by Tica Bus, depart from San Jose Terminal Tica Bus station.

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The best way to get from Costa Rica to Panama City is to fly which takes 4 h 19 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 14 h.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Panama City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Costa Rica to Panama City bus services, operated by Tica Bus, arrive at Panama Albrook station.

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Panama City is 1 h ahead of Costa Rica. It is currently 3:14 PM in Costa Rica and 4:14 PM in Panama City.

Yes, the driving distance between Costa Rica to Panama City is 797 km. It takes approximately 12 h 32 min to drive from Costa Rica to Panama City.

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  • Distance: 324.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 19 min

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

Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A., Copa Airlines and Iberia fly from Alajuela to Panama City every 2 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 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $750
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from San Jose to Panama City
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $650
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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ticabus.com

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Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A., Iberia and Copa Airlines offer flights from San Jose Airport to Panama City Airport.

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There are 247+ hotels available in Panama City. Prices start at $30 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Costa Rica to San Jose Airport is to bus which takes 4 min and costs .

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