There are 6 ways to get from Panama City to Costa Rica 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 Panama City to San Jose  •  4 h 7 min

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

$145 - $435

Cheapest option

Fly Panama City Marcos A Gelabert to San Jose  •  3 h 39 min

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

$29 - $220

4 alternative options

Fly Panama City Marcos A Gelabert to Changuinola, bus  •  4 h 36 min

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

$34 - $239

Bus Tica Bus  •  14 h

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

$40 - $90

Bus Marvelus Bus & Shuttle  •  19 h 12 min

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

$54

Drive  •  12 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Panama City to San José 506.7 miles

$75 - $120

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Panama City to Costa Rica is to fly which costs $29 - $220 and takes 3 h 39 min.

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The distance between Panama City and Costa Rica is 519 km. The road distance is 810.7 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 7 min to get from Panama City to Costa Rica, including transfers.

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

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

Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. and Copa Airlines fly from Panama City to Alajuela every 3 hours. Alternatively, Tica Bus operates a bus from Panama City to San José 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 Panama City to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $750
Air Panama
Website
airpanama.com
Flights from Panama City Marcos A Gelabert to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$29 - $220
Flights from Panama City Marcos A Gelabert to Changuinola
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $230
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Panama City to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Bus operators
Autotransportes MEPE
Phone
2257-8129, 2758-1572
Website
mepecr.com
Bus from Sixaola to Limón
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
mepecr.com
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from Panama Albrook to San Jose Terminal Tica Bus
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com

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