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How to go to Bocas del Toro, by plane or night bus

Bocas del Toro is one of Panama’s paradises, but fortunately, it’s not the only one, San Blas can also have that adjective.

When we planned our trip to Panama, one of the points that made us give a lot of thought was precisely how to get to Bocas del Toro, whether from Panama City or taking advantage of the travel itinerary.

And of course, how to get out and where to, from Bocas del Toro.

This archipelago paradise is located on the border with Costa Rica, but is quite far from, for example, Panama City.

How to get to Bocas del Toro

Below we tell you the different options you have to go and leave Bocas del Toro taking the most of your time.

Flights to Bocas del Toro

One of the options is to fly from Panama City to Bocas del Toro, exactly to the island of Colon.

This island is the center of Bocas del Toro, where you can find the airport, lodging, restaurants, etc.

This does not mean that on other islands of this archipelago there is nothing.

We stayed in Bastimentos, and I can assure you that there was everything, but it was less full of tourists, which we appreciated.

Flights to Bocas del Toro from Panama City leave once a day, and their prices are not exactly cheap, over a hundred euros each way.

You can take a look at this link, flights from Panama City to Bocas del Toro.

The journey time is about one hour.

The airport from which these flights depart is Albrook, also called Marcos A. Gelabert.

It is very close to the city’s bus station, of the same name.

Night bus

This is a very good option, and I say it first hand, since we left Bocas del Toro by night bus to Panama City.

Be sure to bring a jacket, sweater or jacket, as the air conditioning will make you think you are in Siberia instead of a tropical country.

It’s about an 8 hour trip, but since it’s nighttime, you’ll spend a few hours sleeping.

Buses leave from the town of Almirante, but you have to buy your bus tickets from the island of Colon, in Taxi 25.

I would advise you to buy them the day before you leave, to make sure you have a seat.

This option is quite economical, besides saving you a night’s accommodation, it is a 2×1 in all respects.

Buses to/from Panama City depart/arrival at Albrook bus station.

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Minivan from Boquete to Bocas del Toro

This is the choice we made to get from Boquete to Bocas del Toro.

We tried to make the most of our itinerary.

We enjoyed the Quetzal Route by the Baru Volcano.

We also saw one of the favorite villages of the American pensioners, if you heard right.

A few years ago, an American magazine mentioned Boquete as one of the best destinations to live your retirement life.

And yes, many American pensioners live there.

In fact, Boquete sounds like a typical American town, but with a Panamanian accent.

Hello Travel Panama makes a daily morning departure from Boquete to Bocas del Toro.

You can book from your accommodation the day before.

And I have to say that we found it very comfortable, besides, the duration of the trip was about four hours to get to Almirante.

There we took a boat to Colon Island, all managed by Hello Travel Panama, therefore, few worries, and quite correct price.


As you can see, there are several options to go to Bocas del Toro, which you cannot miss.

You only have to choose the one that best suits your pocket and the time you have available on your trip to Panama.

Now Your Turn

Now I would like to know, do you have any question ?

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