Tocumen International Airport (PTY) receives flights directly from the US, and it is about 15 miles outside of Panama City. PTY is the busiest airport in Central America, and after the completion of a rennovation in 2006, the terminal is well-equipped.
Immigration & Customs
Follow the signs to the immigration check point. You need a passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months from the date of obtaining the visa or card. In some cases, the Immigration Inspector may request payment of hotel voucher where you will stay. Fill out a Traveler’s Affidavit (one per family). There should be minimum five hundred dollars ($ 500.00) or equivalent credit card, bank reference, letter of employment or travelers checks, and according to nationality which requires another amount.
Getting to Your Hotel
Travelers have concerns about vacationing in Panama. For the past several years, Cheapcaribbean.com has partnered with Gamboa Tours as our premier transportation company to provide safe, comfortable and professional transportation for our clients from and back to the airport. Gamboa Tours also provides transportation to any excursions booked through our site that you’d like to take while you’re in your destination.
It’s easy to find your Gamboa Tours team when you arrive at the airport. They wear khaki pants and a yellow shirt. All drivers are fluent in English, friendly and knowledgeable about the culture, history and things to do while you’re there. By the end of your ride, you’ll have made a new friend. Vehicles are all clean, modern and reliable.
Gamboa Tours is also the official transportation rep for CheapCaribbean.com excursions when you book vacations to Panama on our site. We suggest that our guests do not rent cars while in the Caribbean, Mexico or Central America as traffic laws and road quality and street signs are not the same as they are in the US.
Getting Around Panama City
To get around and possibly out of Panama City, you have a few choices. You can rent a car from the airport for maximum flexibility. Panama City also features a strong bus system that offers routes to every major destination in the city and is inexpensive.There are many cabs in Panama City. Make sure you set a price before getting in the car. Ensure the destination and is clearly understood. Try writing it down if there’s a verbal language barrier. One of the more interesting options is the Panama Canal Railway which connects Panama City on the Pacific coast to Colon on the Caribbean coast. Monday through Friday, the train leaves Panama City at 7:15am for Colon at 7:15am and returns to Panama City at 5:15pm. The ride takes about an hour.