There are 8 ways to get from Panama City to Arenal Volcano by bus, car, plane, shuttle or taxi

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

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Bus Tica Bus  •  17 h 24 min

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

Cheapest option

Bus Expreso Panamá  •  23 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Panama City to San José Panama-San Jose
  2. Take the bus from San José to Ciudad Quesada

$66 - $70

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Bus Marvelus Bus & Shuttle  •  25 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Panama City to San José Panama City
  2. Take the bus from San José to Ciudad Quesada

$81 - $85

Drive  •  14 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Panama City to Arenal Volcano 589.8 miles

$85 - $130

Fly Panama City to San Jose, shuttle  •  8 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Panama City (PTY) to San Jose (SJO) PTY - SJO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose to La Fortuna

$221 - $515

Fly Panama City Marcos A Gelabert to San Jose, shuttle  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Panama City Marcos A Gelabert (PAC) to San Jose (SJO) PAC - SJO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose to La Fortuna

$105 - $300

Fly Panama City to Liberia, bus, taxi  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Panama City (PTY) to Liberia (LIR) PTY - LIR
  2. Take the bus from Liberia - Terminal de Buses Municipal to Cañas
  3. Take a taxi from Cañas to Arenal Volcano

$298 - $1,798

Fly Panama City to Tambor, drive  •  17 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Panama City (PTY) to Tambor (TMU) PTY - TMU
  2. Drive from Tambor to Arenal Volcano

$218 - $860

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The distance between Panama City and Arenal Volcano is 591 km. The road distance is 943.7 km.

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The best way to get from Panama City to Arenal Volcano without a car is to bus which takes 17 h 24 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 17 h 24 min to get from Panama City to Arenal Volcano, including transfers.

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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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Arenal Volcano is 1 h behind Panama City. It is currently 11:15 PM in Panama City and 10:15 PM in Arenal Volcano.

Yes, the driving distance between Panama City to Arenal Volcano is 944 km. It takes approximately 14 h 20 min to drive from Panama City to Arenal Volcano.

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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 445+ hotels available in Arenal Volcano. Prices start at $30 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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Map of how to get from Panama City to Arenal Volcano.
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  • Distance: 369.4 miles
  • Duration: 17 h 24 min

What companies run services between Panama City, Panama and Arenal Volcano, Provincia de Alajuela, Costa Rica?

You can take a bus from Panama City to Arenal Volcano via San Jose Terminal Tica Bus, San Jose, and San Carlos in around 17 h 24 min.

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
Flights from Panama City to Liberia
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Avianca Costa Rica
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Panama City to Tambor via San Jose
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Panama City to Tambor via Bogota, San Jose
Ave. Duration
15 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $950
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
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
Bus operators
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
Transnorte de Upala
Phone
506- 2221 3318
Email
info@caribeños.com
Bus from San Jose to San Carlos
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
grupocaribenos.com
Transportes San Carlos
Phone
2460-5064 - 2255-4300
Email
erickamendezcastro@hotmail.com
Website
plazasancarlos.com
Bus from San José to Ciudad Quesada
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
terminal7-10.com
Marvelus Bus & Shuttle
Phone
+502 77620120
Email
marvelustravel@gmail.com
Website
marvelustravel.com
Bus from Panama City to San José
Ave. Duration
18 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$54
Schedules at
marvelustravel.com
Book at
marvelustravel.com
Shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
marvelustravel.com
Book at
marvelustravel.com
Reyna del Campo
Bus from Liberia - Terminal de Buses Municipal to Cañas
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
reinadelcampo.com
Other operators
Taxi from Cañas to Arenal Volcano
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Estimated price
$90 - $120

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