Is it possible to go from Costa Rica to Panama city by train/bus?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 7:05 AM Last Post By: GV_Raleigh
Nov 27, 2012 10:21 AM
I am planning on flying into San Jose, CR in January 2013 and after visiting CR's popular destinations, we want to go into Panama largely to see the Panama canal and some more popular destinations there.
Is it possible to go by land without much hassle over the border? We are US citizens.
thanks for any feedback you can give me.
Nov 27, 2012 10:41 AM
1no train but pretty easy to go by bus. check the ticabus website. http://www.ticabus.com/eng/index.php this is an international bus that is clean, comfortable, air-conditioned and pretty much "express" since it makes few stops.
no "hassle" at the border, other than the possibility of a long line. getting through the border requires somewhere between 20 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the time of year, how many agents are working, etc. but not really a hassle.
Nov 27, 2012 1:23 PM
2If could chime in on the border crossing at Paso Canoas. When you are in line into Panama watch as truck drivers always go with preference to the head of the line and their crossing is time consuming with many documents. You would think they could process somewhere other then the general window. Otherwise hassle free if you have your onward ticket and if you use the international bus they will take care of the border formalities for you.
Nov 27, 2012 3:50 PM
Nov 27, 2012 6:32 PM
4You have two border crossings (coast) for Panama, depending where you are coming from, if you are in the Southern Zone, and the Osa, south of Playa Dominical or the Osa-Corcovado/Drake Bay area, then the Pacific crossing above makes most sense. If you on the Caribe side, via Tortuguero, rafting Rio Pacuare, Pt Viejo area beaches to Manzanillo, then the Sixoala crossing on caribe side, via Bocas Del Toro is the easier border to cross and also offers more things to explore easily. The bus ride from SJ to PC is 19 hours or so, depending on border formalities...
You can also fly from SJ to David Panama, or fly to/from SJ Pavas on Nature Air and BDT Panama.
Don forget you need proof of onward travel for Panama border crossings from CR....you also lose an hour going to Panama, they are 1 hour later, so plant accordingly. especially for bus and ferry on caribe side to BDT.
You can even do a loop, down one coast and up the other...
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Nov 29, 2012 7:05 AM
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