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There are 5 ways to get from Panama City to San José by plane, bus or car

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Fly from Panama City  •  4 h 38 min

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

$146 - $436

Cheapest option

Fly from Panama City Marcos A Gelabert  •  4 h 5 min

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

$30 - $221

3 alternative options

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

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The quickest way to get from Panama City to San José is to fly which costs $30 - $230 and takes 4 h 5 min.

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

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The distance between Panama City and San José is 511 km. The road distance is 810.7 km.

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The best way to get from Panama City to San José without a car is to bus which takes 14 h and costs $40 - $90.

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It takes approximately 4 h 38 min to get from Panama City to San José, including transfers.

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Panama City to San José bus services, operated by Tica Bus, depart from Panama Albrook station.

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The best way to get from Panama City to San José is to fly which takes 4 h 38 min and costs $140 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $90 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 San José bus services, operated by Tica Bus, arrive at San Jose Terminal Tica Bus station.

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Map of how to get from Panama City to San José.
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  • Distance: 319.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 38 min

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

Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. and Copa Airlines fly from Panama City to San José every 3 hours. Alternatively, Tica Bus operates a bus from Panama City to San José 4 times a day. 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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $750
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
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
ticabus.com
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ticabus.com

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San José is 1 h behind Panama City. It is currently 4:27 PM in Panama City and 3:27 PM in San José.

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

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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 498+ hotels available in San José. Prices start at $29 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 $75.

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