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Air

David’s airport, Aeropuerto Enrique Malek, is about 5km south of the center. There are no buses to the airport; take a taxi (US$5).

Air Panama and Copa Airlines have daily 45-minute flights to and from Panama City, from US$90 one way. Air Panama also flies between David and Bocas del Toro town.

Border Crossings

Getting to Costa Rica

The most heavily trafficked border crossing between Panama and Costa Rica is at Paso Canoas (open 7am to 7pm), 53.6km northwest of David on the Interamericana. Allow one to 1½ hours to get through the formalities on both sides. Buses from David depart frequently for the border (US$2.10, 50 minutes, every 15 minutes) from 4:30am. On the Costa Rican side of the border, you can catch regular buses to San José or other parts of the country.

The least trafficked crossing into Costa Rica is the border post at Río Sereno (open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, to 3pm Sunday), located 35km northwest of Volcán. Buses to the border depart from David and travel via La Concepción, Volcán and Santa Clara (US$5.10, 2½ hours, every half-hour). On the Costa Rican side of the border, you can take a 15-minute bus or taxi ride to San Vito, where you can catch buses to regional destinations.

From David, you can also taxi to Paso Canoas (US$30) or Río Sereno (US$60). Note that you will be asked for an onward ticket if you are entering Costa Rica. If you do not possess one, you can buy a round-trip bus ticket back to Panama. Also note that Costa Rica is one hour behind Panama.

If you require a visa, contact the Costa Rican Consulate in David.

Bus

The Interamericana does not go through David but skirts around its western and northern sides. The David bus terminal is about 500m northeast of Parque de Cervantes. Most buses begin service around 6am.

Tracopa has direct buses between David and San José, Costa Rica (US$28, seven hours), from Monday through Friday at 7:30am and 3pm from the David bus terminal.

Buses from David

Boquete

Fare (US$)

1.75

Duration

1hr

Frequency (daily)

every 20min to 9:30pm

Caldera

Fare (US$)

2.40

Duration

45min

Frequency (daily)

hourly to 7:30pm

Cerro Punta

Fare (US$)

3.50

Duration

2¼hr

Frequency (daily)

every 20min to 6pm

Changuinola

Fare (US$)

9.70

Duration

4½hr

Frequency (daily)

half-hourly to 6:30pm

Guadalupe

Fare (US$)

3.50

Duration

2½hr

Frequency (daily)

every 20min to 6pm

Horconcitos

Fare (US$)

2

Duration

45min

Frequency (daily)

11am & 5pm

Las Lajas

Fare (US$)

5

Duration

1½hr

Frequency (daily)

4

Panama City

Fare (US$)

18

Duration

7-8hr

Frequency (daily)

every 45min 6:45am to 8pm

Paso Canoas

Fare (US$)

2.10

Duration

50min

Frequency (daily)

every 15min to 9:30pm

Puerto Armuelles

Fare (US$)

4

Duration

2½hr

Frequency (daily)

every 15min to 9pm

Río Sereno

Fare (US$)

5.10

Duration

2½hr

Frequency (daily)

every 30min to 5pm

Santiago

Fare (US$)

9

Duration

3hr

Frequency (daily)

hourly to 9pm

Volcán

Fare (US$)

3

Duration

1½hr

Frequency (daily)

every 20min to 8pm