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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hola ’
(o-la)
Spanish
Plug combo ab
Electricity
120V/60hz
Dec-Apr
Best time to go
Dry

Money and costs

Currency
Balboa (B/.)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 19, 2018 9:52AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$40
  • Dorm bed: US$18
  • Dine on comida corriente (set meals), visit markets and street stalls
  • Plan sightseeing via bus, DIY visits to beaches and waterfall hikes
Midrange
US$70–US$150
  • Double room at a midrange hotel: US$60–US$130
  • Some fine dining, activities (snorkel rental or surf lessons) and regional flights
Top end (more than)
US$150
  • Double room at a high-end hotel, resort or lodge: from US$130
  • Guided trips with bilingual naturalist guides
  • Internal flights and car rental

Visas

Visas are generally not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Get the latest visa advice for Panama from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
PAN
Panama City
Go Oct–Mar
Mar – May
32258977
Jun – Aug
31258776
Sep – Nov
30248576
Dec – Feb
31248875
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Bocas del Toro Town
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
28288282
Jun – Aug
18185353
Sep – Nov
1092928
Dec – Feb
772424
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Panama

Flights to Panama

The best price found from United States to Panama is on September 1st, 2018, travelling with Spirit Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $141.00
PTY
Panama City Tocumen International

Getting around Panama

As most Panamanians use public transportation, it's reasonably priced and connections are frequent.

Bus Most cities have a bus terminal with frequent regional departures and connections to Panama City and Costa Rica.

Car Rentals are not cheap, but roads are generally in good condition. Some areas, including Panama City and many rural parts of the country, are very poorly signposted.

Train Mostly a novelty, a rail service runs between Panama City and Colón.

Air Domestic flights depart Panama City's Albrook Airport to destinations throughout the country.

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