Getting around in Panama
There are only a few types of transport suitable for tourists to travel around Panama, so you’ll most likely get to experience all of them during your Panama trip with us. For all forms of local transport in Central America it’s true to say that an adventurous and flexible attitude is necessary. When it comes to punctuality and creature comforts, the transport in can’t really be compared to what you might be used to. Our travel specialists will arrange the longer transfers between cities for you, linking our bite-sized trips together with transport options we feel best suit your trip. They’ll try to use a mix of the options below, giving you an adventurous and varied trip.
Travelling by hire car gives you the freedom to explore Panama at your own pace. Make a stop at hidden beaches, secret coves or tropical jungle. The roads in Panama are mostly paved and well sign-posted, especially the main highway that snakes through the length of the country.
Private Car Transfers
Most of our bite-sized trips can easily be linked together by point to point transfers in a private vehicle. This means it’s unlikely that you’ll have the same driver throughout your trip as each one tends to serve a certain route. The type of car will differ according to the size of your party and the nature of your itinerary. The drivers only tend to speak Spanish so you might need to adopt a bit of sign language or, even better, bring along a Spanish phrasebook and see if you can get a good conversation going!
As Panama tends to naturally split into East and West, a quick and easy way to travel between the two is by domestic flight. All flights go via Panama City, so it’s worth bearing this in mind when you’re thinking about routing. Some destinations are only really reachable by domestic flight; for example the San Blas Islands. For these remote islands the planes run almost like buses, hopping between islands, so you’ll need to listen out for your stop!