Panama City is an engaging and mysterious metropolis, a multifaceted place, born out of constant cultural exchanges and, at times, conflicts.
It is a place worth being discovered, a city hanging in the balance: between South and North America, tradition and innovation, luxury and poverty, overlooked by the steel of skyscrapers and surrounded by sandy beaches and green forests.
Enjoy the cosmopolitan Panama, wander through handicraft markets, large malls, local restaurants and have fun during the vibrant Panamanian nights.
Panama is a country fascinating in its natural wonders, teeming with splendid beaches, expansive forests and massive volcanoes.
What makes this country even more special is its mixture of wild nature with modernity and comforts of the city life.
Enjoy Panama in all its nuances, hike under the hot sun, refresh yourself in the crystal-clear waters, climb the impressive Baru Volcano and party until the crack of dawn.
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Panama City is a vibrant and dynamic capital, permeated by ancient indigenous traditions, surrounded by breathtaking tropical nature and buzzing with underground parties. Enjoy metropolitan living or explore the unspoiled natural environment.
Safe to say that Panama City's food scene is an attraction on its own.
The city's heterogeneous culinary offer will cater to your every whim!
Wander around Casco Viejo for traditional local food or explore the city to find delicious Italian restaurants, vegetarian recipes or cosmopolitan, breathtaking rooftop bars.
Panama City has everything you are looking for when it comes to entertainment. Whether you are here on business, for leisure, with the family, or just exploring the city by yourself, you can’t miss out on Panama’s nightlife.
The city has a lot to offer when the sun goes down: from casual breweries to stylish nightclubs, from underground hangouts in the heart of the city to fancy rooftop bars with spectacular views.
Best Time to Visit
Panama is a country of two seasons only: summer (or dry season) and winter (or wet season). The summer period runs between January and April and it’s normally considered the best time to visit Panama City. However, due to the constantly high temperatures (around 30°C) some may find comfort in the refreshing rainfalls of the wet season, during which hotel prices slightly decrease.
It is not recommended to visit Panama City in November. Apart from being subjected to incessant rain, this month is also characterized by many national holidays, leading to overcrowding and the temporary closure of many local businesses.
Passport / Visa
Citizens of the majority of European and American (North & South) countries, as well as a number of countries in Asia & Africa, do not require a visa to enter Panama for up to three months, provided they hold a passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry.
When entering Panama by land, visitors may be asked to produce an onward ticket, as well as proof of sufficient financial resources to last their stay. One may also need to obtain a tourist card on arrival; fees may be included in the flight ticket.
Note that export of any goods made from endangered species is strictly prohibited, and punishable by law.
Immigration requirements are subject to change, so please familiarize yourself with the latest updates prior to travel.
Tocumen International Airport (IATA code: PTY) is located 24 km from downtown Panama City, approximately 20 minute by car.
Official taxi services are readily available just outside the terminal on the ground floor. These taxis are the only taxi service authorised to pick up passengers at the airport. Should you decide to share the ride, the fee will be lower depending on the number of passengers.
Several car rental companies offer their services.
Many hotels offer shuttle services and you can also choose to be picked up by a tour operator or private transportation service of your choice.
Phone : +507 238-2700
Email : www.tocumenpanama.aero
Marcos A. Gelaber Airport (Albrook Airport; IATA code: PAC) is located 1.5 km west of downtown Panama City, offering daily local flights within Panama and international flights to Costa Rica and Medellin, Colombia.
Phone : +507 501 9800
Email : www.aeronautica.gob.pa
Address: Avenida Domingo Díaz, Panama City
Phone: +507 238 2700
In Panama, all licensed taxis should be yellow and their licence number should be visible on both side doors. Taxis in Panama City are quite cheap, but there are some things to should be aware of:
- taxis are not metered , fares are set by the authorities and change based on the area you are going to/coming from, on the number of people in the car, time of the day and more. However, fares usually range from a minimum of $1.25 to a maximum of $5.
- drivers tend to overcharge tourists, especially if they don't speak Spanish.
- drivers can pick other passengers up while reaching your destination.
- drivers do not expect tips.
Good to know:
Taxi fare from Tocumen International Airport to Panama City should be around $30.00.
Taxi fare from the city center to the Amador Causeway should be around $5 - $10.
Phone: +507 236 7848
Country code: +507
110 volts, 60 Hz
Standard two pin plugs
Three of the biggest post offices in Panama City are listed below, but you can find more of them on the official website of the country's postal service.
Estafeta de Paitilla: +507 512 6257
Av Italia, Panama City
Mon-Fri 08h–15h; Sat 08–13h
Estafeta de Balboa Ancón: +507 512 6244 /6246
Steven's Circle, El Prado, Panama City
Mon-Fri 07h–16:30h; Sat 07h–12h
Estafeta Plaza las Americas: +507 512 6235 /6234
Centro Comercial Mercado de Las Américas, Av Central, Panama City
Address: Av Italia, Panama City
Phone: +507 512 7657
FarmaValue Multicentro: +507 215 0381
Mon-Tue, Sun 09h-20:30; Fri 08:30-16:30h
Supermercado Deli K Market, Multicentro, Panama City
FarmaValue - Costa del Este: +507 271 0738
Vía Cincuentenario, Panama City
Pharmacy Revilla - Parque Urraca: +507 207 1835
Mon-Sat 06:30h-21:30h; Sun 11h-19h
Avenida Federico Boyd y Avenida Balboa, Bella Vista, Panama City
Pharmacy Revilla - 12 De Octubre: +507 207 1800
Mon-Sat 07h–22:30h; Sun 11h-19h
Av. 12 de Octubre, Panama City
Farmacia el Boticario: +507 269 7209
Mon-Fri 06:30h–18h; Sat 08h-18h
Via España, Panama City
Many El Rey Supermarkets have pharmacies inside, which are open 24h.
Metrobus: The Metrobus network is a reliable and affordable way to travel within Panama City. To take the Metrobus you must acquire the corresponding card, sold at grocery stores and pharmacies. Buses stop approximately every 15 minutes and bus stops are identified by an orange Metro Bus sign. Remember to swipe your Metrobus Card when entering and to push the red button in order to ask the driver to stop.
Phone : +507 800 9393
Email : www.mibus.com.pa
Metro: Panama has a new and reliable metro system, inaugurated in 2014. At present, there's only one line but a second is on its way.
Metro cards are sold at the metro stations.
The Metro operates seven days a week and 365 days a year: Monday-Friday 05:00h-23:00h, Saturday 05:00h-22:00h, Sunday and holidays 07:00h-22:00h.
Relevant line stations for tourists are Albrook, Iglesia del Carmen and Via Argentina.
Phone : +507 5047200
Email : www.elmetrodepanama.com
Phone: +507 8009393, +507 5047200
Website: www.mibus.com.pa, www.elmetrodepanama.com