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Layover In Panama City, Panama

| December 1, 2013

Stuck on a Panama City layover at The Tocumen International Airport in Panama? The airport was renovated in 2006 and is the busiest in Central America as well as the hub of Copa Airlines. You can find a map of the terminals here.

Layover in Panama CityIf during your Panama layover, you’re stuck in the airport, you can find the following services including airport assistance, an emergency clinic, Internet and international calls (located in the counter area of the ground floor in the Business Center), duty-free stores, and food and drink locales.

If you have a long layover and are planning to leave the airport, your best way is to take the Tourist Taxi service, which are the only taxis that can be boarded at the airport. Tel. (507)238-4305 / (507)220-1210. For a list of rates to nearby areas, click here. You can also take the Airport Shuttle which offers a 3-hour layover tour from the airport for $95 for one person and $45 per person for two people.

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to leave the airport, here’s some general tips. The airport is located 15 miles from Panama City, Panama which makes it accessible to those on a long layover.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Panama Layover:

Panama City Tours
If you have a limited time to check out the sights, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There are many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, outdoor activities, and more.

Panama Canal
Considered the “Eighth Wonder Of The World” the Panama Canal is truly a fascinating place to visit. The canal is over 80 km long, connects the Atlantic and the Pacific, and is operated by over 9,000 people. The canal has a gift shop and restaurant as well. The Tocumen airport is roughly 30 minutes (without traffic) to the canal.

Amador Causeway
The Amador Causeway is a great place to take in the city skyline, take a walk, people watch, and grab a bite to eat. The 3.5 miles breakwater connects three islands – Naos, Perico and Flamenco.

Parque Natural Metropolitano
The park is a great place to get away. 10-minutes away from downtown, this rainforest park has an orchid greenhouse, museum, and many hiking and strolling paths, some which offer a great view of the city. You may also be able to spot some monkeys, deer, toucans and sloths.

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Panama
As Panama’s only private museum, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Panama displays paintings, photography, and sculptures. Take a look at their website to catch any traveling exhibits, concerts or workshops.

Have a suggestion for a Panama layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. JE says:

    my trip is not until February 26th 2014 but I like to plan ahead – my flight lands into PTY airport at 2:23pm local time & then departs at 8:59pm which leaves me with 6 hours & 36 min layover. Considering it arrives at night time, a lot of the sightseeing tours are most likely not a good idea. However I wanted to see if there are any GOOD restaurants nearby where we could enjoy dinner & drinks. Thank you in advance!

  2. Jessi says:

    I’m having a 12h layover in Panama and definitely would go to some of this places, thanks

  3. CV says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have a 23 hr. layover in Panama. I usually take non-stop flights, so having a layover is a new experience for me–especially a layover this long. But I definitely want to take advantage and enjoy the city!

  4. ben says:

    can i make a 48 minute connection in panama puj going to Dmoinican republic or should i take a 4 hour layover i rather do the 48min but not sure if this will leave enough time?

    • Vasu says:

      Hi Ben,

      Did you have enough time for your connection in Panama with 45 mins?

      I have only 1 hour so i am a little worried. Do i need to go through customers even if it just for a connecting flight?



  5. wayne malo says:

    I am going to Boilvia from Toronto with a lay over in Panama of 8 hours. 2Pm tp 10PM I would like to do a hop on hop off canal tour I found.
    Is there enough time, Are we allowed to leave the airport. is immigration a problem for just a short layover.

  6. Dear
    I have 22 hrs stay in Panama airport Pl. Advice How we can get hotel on the airport because don’t have no visa.thanks

  7. Jose says:

    Is there locker service so I can leave my bags there?