Two airports serve Panama City, the capital of Panama; Tocumen Airport (PTY) and Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport (PAC). We summarize all the information you need about the airports to make your next trip easy.
Tocumen Airport is a bigger airport compared to PAC, it is an international airport and home to Copa Airlines with domestic and international flights to and from North, South and Central America, The Caribbean, and to some some Asian and European cities.
Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport is another international airport serving the Panama city, it is a smaller airport but handles domestic and international flights to and from Panama. Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport is the closest to the city centre.
Tocumen Airport (PTY)
Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport (PAC)
Getting To The Airports From The City Centre
|Distance from City Centre||12.4 miles(20 kilometres)||4.3 miles(7 kilometres)|
|Public Transport Operating Hours||24-hours Shuttle From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm||24-hours.|
Metro De Panama
Tourism Authority of Panama offer free shuttle bus service to the Metromall Shopping Center every 30 minutes.
Panama One, Pineapple Shuttle, Easy Ride, Panama Pelican
Around $20 - $25,
Around $16 - $20,
Available on demand from $13-$17
Available on demand from $4-$5.
Which Airport Is Most Suitable For Me?
|How Close to City Centre?||
Tocumen Airport is the farthest to the city centre, it is 20 kilometres to Panama City where all its top attractions are located. The journey to the city centre takes about 15 minutes from the airport.
Tocumen Airport is the main airport in Panama and handles over 15.6 million passengers annually with domestic and international flights to Panama, other parts of Europe and Asia.
PTY Airport is connected to other parts of Panama by road, buses, shuttles, taxis, and car hire services.
There are also good hotels around the airport and the city for travellers to spend the night.
Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport is another international airport to PTY. The airport
PAC also handles domestic flights within the country and it has the facilities to also handle international flights to other parts of central America.
The airport is the closest to Panama city. The fastest journey from the airport to the city centre takes about 6 minutes using taxis. The airport is mostly served by low-cost airlines.
PAC is connected to other parts of Panama by buses, trains, car hire and taxi services.
PTY is Panama's main airport serving the the countries capital city. The airport handles over 15.6 million passengers annually.
It is far from the city centre at 20 kilometres, but it has good public transport system, like buses, car hire, and taxi services to take travellers into the city centre fast.
The fastest means of transport is by taxis which takes about 15 minutes.
Hotel cost is more expensive compared to PAC airport. But car hire servicea price are comparable at both airports.
This airport is cheaper and a good choice for travellers who want to enjoy good airport facilities, but travellers can use this airport only when they get a good flight deal.
Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport is the another airport serving Panama city. It is the closest to the city centre in Panama City at 7 kilometres by road. PAC Airport is situated in the center of Panama City in Panama. A trip from PAC airport to Panama city using the fastest means of transportation takes about 6 minutes, which is by taxi.
The airport handles over289,197 thousand passengers annually and is home to Air Panama which handles flights around Panama and other parts of Central America.
Public transportation from the airport to the city centre is very affordable for travellers like taxi, subway, car hire and bus services.
The cost of flight fares at the airport is lower and in some cases comparable to Tocumen Airport. Also, car hire is same for PAC as that of PTY.
Travellers can use this airport for a faster trip to the city centre, but the airport does not really have enough facilities to make your journey worth the while.
Avg Security & Immigration Delays: High
Avg Flight Arrival Delays: 30 minutes.
Avg Security & Immigration Delays: Low
Avg Flight Arrival Delays: 15 minutes
Flight Fares From 01-01-2019 Searched on 02-01-2018
|Flight Fares||From Mexico City $484, Toronto-Pearson $262, Miami $210, San Jose (CR) $145, and Frankfurt $566.||From Bocas Del Toro $134, Puerto Obaldia $134, David $129, and Armenia $477.|
Hotel Prices Per Day From (01-12-2018 to 02-12-2018) Searched on 23-11-2018
Crowne Plaza Panama Airport (4-Star) -$130
Express Inn Panama International Airport Hostel (1.5-star) -$50
Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino (4-Star) - $118.
Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall (4-Star)- $128
DOS PALMITOS B&B (3-Star) - $72
The Balboa Inn (3-Star) - $46.
Car Hire Prices Per Week (01-12-2018 to 07-12-2018)
Budget Cars: (Kia Picanto, Hyundai I10): $34.69-$58.26,
Intermediate Cars: (Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Avensis, Chevrolet Cobalt): $31.19-$87.30
Budget Cars: (Kia Picanto): $36.69-$58.30
Intermediate Cars: (Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Avensis, Chevrolet Cobalt): $41.69-$87.30
|Car Hire Companies||
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Mex, National, Sixt, and Thrifty.
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Mex, National, and Thrifty.
|Online car hire|
|Shopping and Dining||Viena Snacks,Aeromeals, Subway, Chester's, Domino's, Teriyaki, Carl's Jr., Naturally Fast, Quiznos, Cinnabon, Tierra Firme, Air Magaritaville Panama, Attenza, La Riviera, MAC, Polo Ralph Lauren, Melissa, Kate Spade, Mirage, Duty-Free Americas, Super Deportes, MNG, Ben Betesh, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, Columbia Sportswear company, Faconnable, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tommy Hilfiger, NAutica, Hermont & Blaine, Burberry, Liquid, Crocs, Sawrovski, BVLGARI, Pandora, Mont Blanc, and many gift shops, electronic stores, jewelry shops and many more.||There is a vending machine located outside the gate area of the main terminal, restaurants and coffee shops are also available outside the main terminal of the airport.|
|Lounges||Copa Club and Tocumen Royal Saloon.||N/A|
|Wi-Fi Services||Free unlimited Wi-Fi available for 2 hours, after which you have to pay for by the hour up to 24 hours.||N/A|
|Transfer in and Around The Airport||The airport has a single Terminal building T1. T1 is the only passenger terminal, as T2 is still under construction.||Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport has a single terminal building. This makes it easy for travellers to move around on foot in the airport.|
|Currency Exchange & ATM cash Points||The National Bank of Panama and Travelex run currency exchange at the airport. The General Bank of Panama, Global Bank, Panama Bank, Savings Bank, National Bank of Panama and many other banks have ATM cash points for cash withdrawal.||There is an ATM located in the main terminal building of the airport.|
|Important phone numbers||PTY Airport: +507 238-2700, +507 238-2600, and Lost & Found: +507 238-2938.||PAC Airport:+507 316 9000.|
|Major Operating Airlines||
Aeroméxico, Air Canada Rouge, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, American Airlines, American Eagle, Avianca, Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca Ecuador, Avianca El Salvador, Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, KLM, LASER Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Spirit Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Turpial Airlines, United Airlines, and Venezolana.
|Major Connecting Destinations||
San José de Costa Rica, Bogotá, Colombia; Miami, Florida; Cancun, Mexico; Havana, Cuba; São Paulo, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago de Chile, Chile; Lima, Peru; Caracas, Venezuela; Orlando, Florida; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Medellín, Colombia; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Quito, Ecuador; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Bahia Piña, Bocas del Toro, Cartí, Changuinola, Chitré, Contadora, Corazón de Jesús, David, El Porvenir, El Real, Garachiné, Isla San José, Jaque, La Palma, Mamitupo, Mulatupo, Pedasí, Playón Chico, Puerto Obaldia, Rio Sidra, Sambú, San Miguel, Tubualá, Tupile, Ustupo, Aguadulce, Colon, Coronado, Farallon, Guararé, Isla Coiba, Islas Secas, Isla Viveros, Mansucum, Rio Hato, Santiago, Armenia (Colombia), Cartagena, Medellín-Córdova, San José (CR) and Roatán.|
|Tourist Info Centres||Information centres are located in the main terminal, ask the front desk for directions.||Contact front desk information centre in the main terminal building at the airport for inquiries about tourism in Panama.|
There are 2 airports that serve Panama City; Tocumen Airport (PTY) and Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport (PAC). The airport closest to central Panama City is Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport just 4.3 miles away, when using the fast Metro De Panama Line 1 train service, you can get into the city centre in 11 minutes. Tocumen Airport is the biggest airport in Panama and is located 12.4 miles away from the city centre in Panama City, the airport does not have a direct train service, so the fastest public transport takes around 45 minutes.
Compare airport distances and transfer times to the center of Panama City by public transport below.
Distance to Central Panama City:
Albrook Airport: 4.3 miles / 7 km
Tocumen Airport:12.4 miles / 20 km
Albrook Airport to Central Panama City Journey Times:
By Train: 11 minutes
By Shuttle: 10 minutes
By Taxi: 6 minutes
Tocumen Airport to Central Panama City Journey Times:
By Shuttle: 45 minutes
By Taxi: 15 minutes
The best airport to fly into when travelling to Panama City is Albrook airport, this is so because it is closer to the city centre where passengers can visit the Miraflores Lock at Panama Canal just 7.2 km from the airport. The airports good public transport connection by bus and train is confy and fast enough convey passengers to central Panama city even when travelling with children or a lot of luggage. Albrook has a single terminal and is easy to navigate the terminal, it handles less crowd so you will experience fewer queues and flight delays at the airport.The airport is served by Air Panama with flights to a large number of destinationswithin Panama and South America.
PTY (Tocumen airport) is the primary airport in Panama City and the home to Copa Airlines and many other airlines such as Air Canada Rouge, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, American Airlines, American Eagle, Lufthansa, KLM and many more. Tocumen airport handles both short haul and long haul flights around the world and it is the furthest airport from the city centre in Panama City, this makes journey times longer even when using it's efficient public transport services by shuttle or taxi to Panama city or Panama Canal and other parts of the country. As the main airport, it has a single terminal with the second one under construction but handles more crowd than Albrook airport, so longer queues, and flight delays should be expected.
Albrook airport is generally better than PTY due to its close proximity to the city centre and the ease of getting to the top attractions around Panama city. With just a single terminal, Albrook handles less crowds with fewer delays, less queues and cheaper flight fares. Business travellers will most likely prefer to use this airport to settle in faster than at PTY
Albrook is literally just beside Miraflores Locks a part of the Panama Canal, an artificial 82 km waterway in Panama connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The airport is 7.2 km to the Miraflores Locks and the Panamá Regional Bus is the fastest way to travel between the airport and Miraflores Locks with a journey time of 26 minutes. The bus departs hourly and costs $1. You can use Uber which costs around $3-$57 and takes about 8 minutes.
From Albrook Airport by:
Train: Metro De Panama Line 1$1 – http://www.elmetrodepanama.com/ Trains run every hour daily.
Shuttle: $75-$90 –http://panamapelican.com/front/services/airport_transfers Available on demand.
Taxi: $16 - $20 – http://www.panama24.org/Taxis-en-Panama.htm Available 24/7.
Uber: $4-$5- https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.
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From Tocumen Airport by:
Shuttle: $9-$90 –http://panamapelican.com/front/services/airport_transfers Shuttles are available on demand.
Taxi: $20 - $25 – https://www.paginasamarillas.com.pa/empresas/cooperativa-de-transporte-taxis-expreso/panama-15787273Available 24/7.
Uber: $13-$17 - https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.
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Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Albrook Airport Hotels: From $46 per night
Tocumen Airport Hotels: From $50 per night
All of the airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.
Albrook Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars: (Kia Picanto etc): $36.69 per day
Intermediate Cars: (Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Avensis, etc): $41.69 per day
Compare prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-rental.html
Tocumen Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars: (Kia Picanto, Hyundai I10 etc): $34.69 per day
Intermediate Cars: (Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Avensis, etc): $31.19 per day
Compare Prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/
Tocumen International Airport is the main international airport serving Panama City, the capital of Panama.
Tocumen Airport has a singlepassenger terminal- T1. A second terminal-T2 is under construction.
Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport is the closest airport to the city centre at just 7 kilometres and the faster mode of transport is by taxi which takes 6 minutes to get to where all the top attactions are located. It costs $16-$20, buses $75-$90.
At PTY, the following hotels are the best for travellers, Crowne Plaza Panama Airport (4-Star) -$130, Express Inn Panama International Airport Hostel (1.5-star) -$50, and Riande Aeropuerto Hotel & Casino (4-Star) - $118. At PAC, Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall (4-Star)- $128, DOS PALMITOS B&B (3-Star) - $72, and The Balboa Inn(3-Star) - $46.
Some of the most see places in Panama City include Miraflores Locks, Amador Causeway, Casco Viejo, Isla Taboga, Panama Viejo, Ancon Hill, and many more.