Getting there & away
Chitré is a center for regional bus transportation. Buses arrive and depart from the Terminal de Transportes de Herrera (996 6426), 1km south of downtown, near Vía Circunvalación. To get to the station, take a taxi (US$1 to US$2) or catch a ‘Terminal’ bus (US$0.25) at the intersection of Calle Aminta Burgos de Amado and Av Herrera. The terminal has a restaurant that’s open 24 hours a day.
Tuasa (996 2661) and Transportes Inazun (996 4177) buses depart from Chitré for Panama City (one way US$6, four hours, every 45 to 60 minutes from 1:30am to 6pm).
To get to David or Panama City from Chitré, take a bus to Divisa and then catch a directo (direct bus) to either city. Buses leave from the Delta station at the intersection of the Interamericana and the Carretera Nacional. You likely won’t have to wait more than 30 minutes. The bus fare will set you back US$7 or US$8. If you’re trying to get to Chitré from the Interamericana, ask the bus driver to stop in Divisa. He’ll know to stop near the Delta station. At the station, catch any bus heading toward Chitré.
Chitré’s airport is northeast of town; follow Av Herrera north from the town square to reach it. A taxi ride there costs US$2.50.
Air Panama (996 4021; at airport) flies from Chitré to Panama City at least twice a week (US$40).