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

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Fly from San Diego  •  11 h 34 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Panama City (PTY) SAN - PTY

$337 - $1,278

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Bus  •  4 days 18 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Mexico
  2. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Tapachula
  3. Take the bus from Tapachula to San Salvador
  4. Take the bus from San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente to San José Terminal 7-10
  5. Take the bus from San Jose Terminal Tica Bus to Panama Albrook

$270 - $490

3 alternative options

Fly from Tijuana  •  12 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Panama City (PTY) TIJ - PTY

$423 - $1,543

Train to Los Angeles, fly  •  14 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Panama City (PTY) LAX - PTY

$304 - $607

Drive  •  3 days 2 h

  1. Drive from San Diego to Panama City 3876.3 miles

$410 - $650

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Panama City is to train and fly which costs $300 - $650 and takes 14 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Panama City is to fly which costs $330 - $1,300 and takes 11 h 34 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Panama City is 2923 miles. The road distance is 3876.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 11 h 34 min to get from San Diego to Panama City, including transfers.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Panama City is to fly which takes 11 h 34 min and costs $330 - $1,300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $270 - $490 and takes 4 days 18 h.

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There is no direct flight from San Diego Airport to Panama City Airport. The quickest flight takes 9 h 31 min and has one stopover.

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Panama City is 3 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 12:18 PM in San Diego and 2:18 PM in Panama City.

Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Panama City is 3876 miles. It takes approximately 3 days 2 h to drive from San Diego to Panama City.

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Delta, American Airlines, Copa Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Panama City Airport.

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There are 245+ hotels available in Panama City. Prices start at $29 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Panama City.
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  • Distance: 2922.6 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 34 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Panama City, Panama?

United Airlines, Delta and five other airlines fly from San Diego to Panama City hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Panama City via Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx, Tijuana, Mexico, México Central Norte, Tapachula, San Salvador, San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente, San José Terminal 7-10, and San Jose Terminal Tica Bus in around 4 days 18 h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Houston
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Newark
Ave. Duration
11 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 47 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
12 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,300
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
14 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,500
Flights from Los Angeles to Panama City
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Panama City via Houston
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,100
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Denver
Ave. Duration
9 h 47 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,200
Flights from Tijuana to Panama City via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
8 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,400
Flights from Tijuana to Panama City via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
8 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,400
Flights from Tijuana to Panama City via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,400
Flights from Los Angeles to Panama City
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Tijuana to Panama City via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
8 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,400
Flights from Tijuana to Panama City via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
8 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $1,400
Flights from Tijuana to Panama City via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Miami
Ave. Duration
12 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Miami
Ave. Duration
12 h 3 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Los Angeles to Panama City via Miami
Ave. Duration
10 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Panama City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
10 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from Los Angeles to Panama City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
10 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,300
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Tijuana to Panama City via Mexico City, San Salvador
Ave. Duration
11 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
ADO
Phone
+52 800 369 4652
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from México Central Norte to Tapachula
Ave. Duration
18 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$55 - $80
Economy
$45 - $70
Transporte del SOL
Website
transportedelsol.com
Bus from San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente to San José Terminal 7-10
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65
Schedules at
transportedelsol.com
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
Book at
ticabus.com

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