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

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Fly Panama City to San Jose  •  4 h 12 min

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

$145 - $435

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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

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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

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

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

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It takes approximately 4 h 12 min to get from Panama City to Costa Rica, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Panama City to Costa Rica is to fly which takes 4 h 12 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 14 h.

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The quickest flight from Panama City Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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

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Costa Rica is 1 h behind Panama City. It is currently 9:18 PM in Panama City and 8:18 PM in Costa Rica.

Yes, the driving distance between Panama City to Costa Rica is 811 km. It takes approximately 12 h 56 min to drive from Panama City to Costa Rica.

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Map of how to get from Panama City to Costa Rica.
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  • Distance: 324.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 12 min

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 4 times a week.

Airlines
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Panama City to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 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
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ticabus.com

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

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There are 54+ hotels available in Costa Rica. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Panama City to Panama City Airport is to shuttle which takes 50 min and costs .

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