Transportation in Panama City

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  • MUFan-TRIP
    Cape Coral, FL33 contributions
    I used the Metro to get back to my Airbnb after visiting the Locks on a 1 night stay in Panama. I had a feeling using the vending machines might be a challenge so I searched all over the internet for some clear English instructions but couldn't find any. So hopefully you can pick up things from my experience.
    First of all Most vending machines are only for reloading $ on a card you already have. The machines that do dispense cards DO NOT have an English button. Even the staffed kiosks couldn't sell me a card. They just changed my $ bills for fresh crisp ones and pointed to a vending machine.
    To get a card you have to select a box in the upper left of the touch screen. I asked several of the others standing in line and even they seemed confused by the title of the touch screen button.
    Here's the next trick. The vending machines only take cash. 1s or 5s. Once you select this box in the upper left a green light comes on by the bill slot. You have about 4 seconds to get your 2 $ bills in this slot. If one goes in but the second gets spit out because it's wrinkled and you don't get it back in in time the machine voids your request BUT keeps your dollar. Now I know why the staffed desk insisted on giving me crisp dollars.
    Assuming you make it past this the machine spits out your Rapid card.
    But this card has no funds on it. So you have to select a different item ( this option is clearer in Spanish), and once the green light turns on quickly but carefully put in a couple bucks to load the card.
    One more thing. Everyone told me at Metro subway rides were always 50 cents which is a great deal. But that's not completely true. If you start in downtown and then transfer to line 2 which heads close to the airport they charge you an additional surcharge when you try to get off. So don't cut it to close particularly if you're using one card across several people.
    Aside from the difficulty getting a card if you are a nonspanish speaking tourist to Metro is very nice. The stations are clean and easy to get in and out of. It's crowded but safe.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • Patres
    4 contributions
    Quick ride to taboga island with friendly staff. I recommend not taking the lady ferry off of the island, it will be packed.
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • PanamanianWanderlust
    Panama City, Panama1,678 contributions
    We traveled by Ferry Las Perlas on a week day, it was monday. It was not too crowded but there many people. Las Perlas is amazing, clear turquoise waters, and beautiful islands, but you need to research in order to pick the best one for your style. We got there early, and they have a tent with chairs so you can sit while you wait. Everything was fast and service was friendly. The boat is comfortable, and it feels safe.

    They have several stops in different islands, and you get off where you want to stay. We requested to stop in Contadora, grab an early lunch at a restaurant, and then hired a small boat for island hopping. This is the best idea if you want to see the real beauty of Las Perlas.
    Written 20 May 2018
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  • Steve C
    Ottawa, Canada63 contributions
    Now located at the end of the Causeway (entrance to Panama Canal) at the Flamenco Marina. Easy to find and easy check in. Thought it was a bit expensive for the ride to/from Isla Contadora but don't think there are other options except private aircraft...
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • Mia G
    Vancouver, Canada141 contributions
    Great service! Always on time, Competent drivers! Very comfortable vehicle. Free water and beer for passengers.
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • Alicia T
    Mississauga, Canada4 contributions
    I booked all my tours while in Panama through PanamaVibes and it was absolutely perfect, our tour guide made sure we see and do everything we wanted and also made of every tour a memorable memory. Very reccommended.
    Written 30 May 2022
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  • George A
    Denver, CO3 contributions
    This is the best and firts Bike Tour Company in Panamà, i had fun and this company has many tours and all of them are amazing
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • Gopalan S
    Rochester, MI3 contributions
    Hired a cab for 6 hours for city tour. The driver showed up right on time and we had a very nice experience with the service.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Gregvistamar
    Panama City, Panama12 contributions
    Truly great service. Booking the service was easy. They went the extra mile to help and were very professional. Highly recommended.
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • Mrs. Marte
    3 contributions
    We had fun taking this picture and crossing the bridge. it was nice to see both side of Panama, the old and the new progresive
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Edmundo V
    1 contribution
    Excellent service! Personal attention in all aspects!! Very careful and corteous driver! Will not hesitate to use their services again!
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • S P
    3 contributions
    I contacted Camilo after finding him online. He was extremely responsive and organized a wonderful series of tours for me and nine members of my family, ranging in age from 7 to 77. He was able to figure out activities that everybody would enjoy. He also was extremely knowledgeable about Panama, sharing his insights with all of us in a way that made us feel as if we were really developing an understanding of this fascinating and beautiful country. During the course of our trip, when plans changed or we wanted to add to our itinerary, Camilo rolled with every proverbial punch and adapted without complaint. He was also always punctual and delivered exactly as promised, I would highly recommend working with Camilo to anyone considering traveling to Panama!
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • Stephen S
    London65 contributions
    This is a interesting train ride in itself and a good way to see the Panama Canal, its surrounding forests and the Gatun Lake, either from the Observation Car or the open platforms at the end of some carriages. The ride is smooth compared to the local roads and this journey is a good complement to a transit of the canal.

    The day I went, the train wasn't busy and everyone could use the Observation Car, although some preferred the historic coaches with picture windows or the open platforms. Most people bought walk-up tickets on the day, but it is possible to book at the rail company's offices and find out if there a large tour groups booked on a particular day, as they may have priority in the Observation Car. When I went to book, I found that two days in the week heavily booked, so chose another one. It should also be possible to phone them to check.. The train also only runs on weekdays, not weekends.

    The train starts at 7.15am and boarding and ticket sales start around 6.30am: the advantage of pre-booking is there is no queuing for tickets and early boarding. Leaving a Central Panama hotel at 6am or soon after will get you to the Panama-end station well on time to buy tickets and board. Coffee and snacks are provided and there is a bar which has soft drinks as well as liquor, if you want it.

    There is no doubt that Colon is unsavory and not a place to walk about in or hang around in for the afternoon return train. There is no real station at Colon, but taxis are available to the bus station back to Panama or the locks at the Atlantic end of the canal.

    If you want to spend just a short time in Colon, you could ask the taxi to take you to the New Washington Hotel overlooking the Atlantic for a late breakfast or coffee. This hotel was new in 1913: externally it has a faded grandeur, a magnificent lobby inside and a terrace overlooking the Atlantic.

    It's far better to make your own arrangements than pay for one of the expensive organised trips.
    Written 17 February 2020
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  • Dimitri M
    1 contribution
    Personal driver, drove us all around and gave us all the history. Driver was knowledgeable spoke English and very nice.
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • Alicia P
    1 contribution
    I booked a tour with Daniel by way of my hotel. I had no idea what a treat I was in for. Daniel picked me up at my hotel and took me to the “Wild Side” of the Canal. We went up the observation tower and saw such beautiful views - and we saw lots of wildlife. We needed our morning with a visit to the local market where I tried sugar cane juice and guaba! It was an amazing morning, couldn’t ask for a better tour guide. Daniel was incredibly knowledgeable, stopping often to teach me about a bird we just saw or the plant life.
    If you’re visiting Panama and want a tour - please contact Daniel at Castacorp Travel, I promise you wont be sorry!!
    Written 2 May 2021
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