When high season prices crept up in Bocas del Toro, Mike and I decided to just spend time in Panama City.
So, we wanted to know.. how the heck can we get from Bocas del Toro to Panama City.
We originally came in through San Jose, Costa Rica, which was a mission in itself. I’ll tell that story in another post.
There is a little airport in Isla Colón, the main island of the islands in the Caribbean of Panama in the Archipelago region.
I believe there are about 3 or 4 flights per day that come in via Air Panama.
And the flight is only about an hour.
Even though the flights weren’t ridiculously expensive we didn’t want to pay US$300+ between the both of us, but we also didn’t want to have to go through what we did coming from San Jose (ugh… wasn’t horrible, but I don’t want to do it again).
There is a bus from Almirante that takes you straight to Panama City.
In fact, we decided to take the night bus which leaves Almirante at 7pm.
Here’s how we went from Bocas del Toro to Panama City:
- We purchased a US$28 night bus ticket at the Bocas Marine docks (yellow building off the main road). We got the tickets about 10 days ahead. We tried getting them a month ahead, but the lady suggested we come back.
- Since the night bus leaves at 7, we needed to take the water taxi at around 5 or 5:30pm. We got our water taxi ticket the same day of departure at 4:30pm and left at 5pm.
- After the 30 minute water taxi ride to the mainland there are taxis outside to take us straight to the Almirante bus stop. Do not pay more then US$1 per person. We did tip the guy who walked us from the boat to the taxi because he helped carry our heavy bags.
- The bus was on time and we got to Panama City at 5am.
We stopped 2 times to go to the bathroom and get something to eat.
There is a bathroom on the bus, but they keep it locked and one of the main guys on the bus has to walk you back and unlock it.
The tickets were super cheap and even though it took a long time, you’re sleeping most of the way.
And to top it off the seats are so freaking comfortable.
All in all, it was well worth taking the bus from Bocas del Toro to Panama City.
Here’s hour little video as we were leaving Isla Colón to Panama City: