Getting to Panama - Llegar a Panamá


Most international flights arrive at Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, 35km from downtown. The airport is very busy and 80% of passengers don’t enter Panama as they have connecting flights. Terminal 2 is due to open in early 2019.

Other Airports

Air Panama fly international Routes from Albrook Airport. Wingo (part of Copa Airlines) fly to several cities in Colombia from Panama Pacifico airport. Air Transat fly from of Toronto and Montreal to Scarlett Martinez airport in southwest Panamanian province of Cocle.

Getting to Panama by Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia are leading Latin American providers of passenger and cargo services to countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.

Its Hub of the Americas is strategically located at Tocumen International Airport in Panama, and it offers more destinations and frequencies than any other hub in Latin America, leading the way as the most connected airport in the region. Prestigious organizations have recognized Copa Airlines for its sustained operational excellence. Copa is a highly recommend option for getting to Panama.

Other Airlines using Tocuman Airport

The following airlines also fly to:
Aeroméxico, Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect, Mexico City (begins 7 January 2019)
Air Canada Rouge, Toronto–Pearson
Air China, Beijing–Capital, Houston–Intercontinental
Air Europa, Madrid (begins 25 February 2019)[9]
Air France, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
American Airlines, Miami
American Eagle, Miami
Avianca, Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica, San José (CR)
Avianca Ecuador, Bogotá
Avianca El Salvador, San Salvador
Delta Air Lines, Atlanta
Iberia, Madrid
KLM, Amsterdam
LASER Airlines, Caracas
LOT Polish Airlines, Seasonal Charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa CityLine, Frankfurt
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Orlando (begins October 4, 2018)
Turkish Airlines, Istanbul–Atatürk
Turpial Airlines, Valencia (VE)
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental, Newark


Air is not the only option for getting to Panama. Many travelers arrive in Panama by bus from Costa Rica. It’s recommended that you get to the border early in order to ensure that you don’t miss onward transportation on the other side. There are no roads into Colombia, and travelers are strongly discouraged from crossing overland due to the instability of the border region.


Colon cruise port is located at the end of Panama Canal, at the Caribbean side. The city is the 2nd largest in Panama, and is also an important tourist and commercial center.

At the moment Monarch, Wind Star and Pullmantours operate out of Colon.

A cruise terminal is currently under construction on the Amador Causeway in Panama City