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Getting to Boquete

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Traveling to Boquete

To get to Boquete, you will travel first from Panama City to David, a large city in the Chiriquí Province. There are two ways to get from Panama City to David: by public bus or airplane. Depending on how much money you want to spend and how much sleep you require, the price for traveling between Panama City and David will range from roughly about $15 to $150.

Copa Airlines also has direct flights from most North American Cities direct to David (layover in Panama City for immigration). Leave your house and be in Boquete THAT SAME NIGHT!! Wow!

How to Travel from David to Boquete
How to Travel from North America to David
How to Travel from Panama City to David
How to Travel from Bocas del Toro to David
How to Travel from Costa Rica to Panama
“Complete List of Airlines” with direct flights to Panama City

How to Travel to Panama

Where is the Boquete Outdoor Adventures Office?

The Boquete Outdoor Adventures Office is located in Plaza Los Establos, Central Avenue, Boquete, Panama. We are in the same Plaza as the Kotowa Coffee Shop, Canopy Tree Trek, Banco General, and Habla Ya Spanish School. We are a block south from the Central Park where the bus makes its last stop.

Plaza Los Establos, Boquete, Panama, Boqueete Outdoor Adventures Office

How to travel from North America to David:

SPECIAL: You can cut out some expensive hotel nights in Panama City because Copa Airlines offers direct flights from many North American cities to David (with immigration and customs in Panama City). Check Copa Airlines or for great new deals to come straight to Boquete in the same day. Many cities with direct flights include: Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Tampa, Toronto, Washington D.C., and many more…

See a “Complete List of ALL Airlines” with direct flights to Panama City (PTY)

How to travel from Panama City to David:

Option 1: “More Time, Less Money”  BUS – An 8-hour daily bus ride from Albrook Bus Terminal, $15-20 each way, runs hourly, and overnight. One bathroom stop in Santiago. Advanced reservations usually not necessary, just show up and hop on the next Express Bus. At the Albrook Bus Terminal in Panama City, find the counter labeled “David” and stand in line to buy your ticket. From there, go to the waiting area just behind the counter to wait for the scheduled bus. The buses can be very air-conditioned so please bring a warm sweater/jacket and pants for the trip.

Option 2: “More Money, Less Time” FLIGHT – Two airlines now run daily flights from Panama City to the David International Airport. The flight time is less than an hour, and there are multiple morning and evening flights. To make your reservations, go directly to the company’s websites at the following links and search for your dates. We can also make your domestic flight reservations when booking multi-day packages. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED OPTION TO SAVE TIME, AND VERY REASONABLE PRICED.

  • Copa Airlines: Service through Tocumen International Airport, $54-104/p each way.
  • Air Panama: Service through Albrook Airport, $60-115/p each way.

Copa Airlines Flight Schedule Panama


Air Panama Flight Schedule Panama

How to travel from David to Boquete:

Option 1: “More Money, Less Time, Most Convenient” PRIVATE PICKUP - We can arrange private airport pickup and transport in a new, comfortable, and spacious vehicle to our office in Boquete (or your accommodations) at great rates. Our driver will wait at the airport with a sign with”Boquete Outdoor Adventures” on it, taking away the hassle of negotiating with the taxi drivers. We charge $40/vehicle (one-way from the David Airport to Boquete) for 1-2 people, and then rates increase incrementally for more people. THIS IS A ONE-WAY TRANSPORT, NOT ROUNDTRIP. We also offer the return from Boquete to the David Airport for the same additional one-way price. One-way travel time takes approximately 50 minutes. Please contact us for details.

Option 2: “More Money, Less Time” TAXI – A 50-minute taxi ride to Boquete for about $30-45 per taxi (1-3 people). Price is based on your negotiation skills, and last we checked, the going rate being asked is $45 for one vehicle. Many drivers will be waiting around the airport exit.

Option 3: “More Time, Less Money”  BUS – A one-hour public bus from the David bus station to Boquete Central Park for $1.75 per person. The bus runs hourly from around 5:00 am to 9:00 pm (from David to Boquete). The buses are located on the back side of the bus station, and the “Boquete” buses are the old yellow school buses with “Boquete” written across the front. If arriving to the David Airport, you will still need to take a taxi from the Airport to the David Bus Station (around $10).

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How to travel from Bocas del Toro to Boquete:

Air Panama now has a direct 25 minute flight from Bocas to the David Airport. It saves a lot of time and sometimes is the same prices as the 4 hour shuttle. Also, there are two shuttle companies providing daily transport from Bocas del Toro to Boquete. The trip takes about 4 hours, including the water taxi. If you are in Bocas town, you can make reservations just a few days in advance with (1) PTS Transport or (2) Hola Panama, which has a booking desk at the main water taxi dock. After the 30 minute water taxi ride, the shuttle picks you up at the Almirante water taxi dock, and takes you directly to Boquete (over the continental divide). You can also book advanced reservations with us (Boquete Outdoor Adventures). We also offer customized transport for your schedule which can be arranged as you wish. Please contact us for questions and details.

Option 1: Air Panama FLIGHT – 8am and 5pm – $39-79/p – flight to David. See schedule below, limited flight options available at this time.

Option 2: PTS Transport SHUTTLE - 12noon-4pm – $35/p – drop off at your hotel in Boquete.

Option 3: Hola Panama SHUTTLE - 11am-4pm – $30/p – drop off at the bus stop / central park in Boquete.

Option 4: BOA Private Transport -  Can be arranged based on your schedule for the one-way transport between Almirante and Boquete. Water taxi not included. Please contact us for booking. $90/p – minimum 2 people.

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How to travel from Costa Rica to Panama:

Option 1: “More Time, Less Money”  BUS – An 8-hour daily bus ride from San Jose, Costa Rica with the Tracopa Bus Company. $21 each way. Advanced reservations are not necessary, however it is a good idea to buy your ticket the day before, and you can only buy your tickets at the Tracopa Bus Station counter.

The ride will go through the Costa Rica – Panama border town, where you will need to get off the bus, pay an exit fee of $5, get your exit stamp at the immigration window, walk about 100 meters towards Panama, get your entry stamp at the Panama immigration window, have your luggage searched, and get back on the bus. The process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours or more. When entering Panama, the immigration officer may check for $500 cash, credit cards, bank statements, and proof of an exit flight out of Panama. If you are missing something, they may not let you enter and you could get stuck at the border. When back on the bus, it will be 1 hour more until you arrive in David.

Option 2: “More Money, Less Time” FLIGHT – Air Panama offers flights from San Jose Airport (SJO) to the David Airport (DAV). The flights are Monday, Wednesday, Friday around 11am and cost around $120-160/p each way. The flight time is under an hour. There is a one-hour time difference between Costa Rica and Panama. To make your reservations, go directly to the company’s website and search for your dates. UPDATE: FLIGHTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

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How to travel from Anywhere in the world to Panama:

The following is a “Complete List of Airlines” with DIRECT flights to Panama City via Tocumen International Airport (PTY) or Albrook Airport (PAC). All flights below are through Tocumen International (PTY) unless otherwise stated.


  • Copa Airlines: Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Córdoba


  • Aruba Airlines: Aruba
  • Copa Airlines: Aruba


  • Copa Airlines: Nassau


  • Copa Airlines: Belize City


  • Copa Airlines: Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru


  • Copa Airlines: Belo Horizonte–Confins, Brasilia, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos,


  • Air Canada: Toronto–Pearson
  • Air Transat: Montréal–Trudeau (seasonal), Toronto–Pearson
  • Copa Airlines: Montreal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
  • Sunwing Airlines: Toronto–Pearson, Montréal–Trudeau (seasonal)


  • Cayman Airways: Grand Cayman (seasonal)


  • Copa Airlines: Santiago de Chile


  • Air Panama (Albrook Airport PAC): Armenia, Medellín–Córdova
  • Avianca: Bogotá
  • Copa Airlines: Bogotá, Cali, Cartagena de Indias, Medellín–Córdova
  • Copa Airlines Colombia: Barranquilla, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena de Indias, Cúcuta, Medellín–Córdova, Pereira


  • Air Panama (Albrook Airport PAC): San Jose
  • Avianca Costa Rica: San José
  • Copa Airlines: Liberia, San José


  • Copa Airlines: Havana, Santa Clara


  • Copa Airlines:  Curaçao


  • Copa Airlines: Punta Cana, Santo Domingo


  • Copa Airlines: Guayaquil, Quito


  • Avianca El Salvador: San Salvador
  • Copa Airlines: San Salvador


  • Air France: Paris–Charles de Gaulle


  • Condor: Frankfurt
  • Lufthansa: Frankfurt


  • Conviasa: Managua
  • Copa Airlines: Guatemala City
  • Copa Airlines Colombia: Guatemala City


  • Copa Airlines: Georgetown–Cheddi Jagan


  • Copa Airlines: Port-au-Prince


  • Copa Airlines: Tegucigalpa


  • Copa Airlines: Kingston, Montego Bay


  • Aeroméxico: Mexico City, Monterrey
  • Copa Airlines: Cancún, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Puebla, Villahermosa


  • KLM: Amsterdam


  • Copa Airlines: Managua

PANAMA (domestic flights):

  • Air Panama (Albrook Airport PAC): Bahia Piña, Bocas del Toro, Carti, Changuinola, Chitre, Contadora, Corazón de Jesus, David, El Porvenir, El Real, Garachine, Isla San Jose, Jaque, La Palma, Mamitupo, Mulatupo, Pedasi, Playon Chico, Puerto Obaldia, Rio Sidra, Sambu, San Miguel, Tubuala, Tupile, Ustupo
  • Copa Airlines (Tocumen Airport PTY): David


  • Copa Airlines: Asunción


  • Copa Airlines: Lima


  • TAP: Portugal, Lisbon


  • Copa Airlines: San Juan


  • Copa Airlines: St. Maarten


  • Iberia: Madrid


  • Copa Airlines: Port of Spain


  • Copa Airlines: Montevideo


  • American Airlines: Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
  • Copa Airlines (affiliate of United): Boston, Chicago-O’Hare, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York – JFK, Orlando, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington-Dulles
  • Delta Air Lines: Atlanta
  • Spirit Airlines: Fort Lauderdale
  • United Airlines: Denver (seasonal), Houston–Intercontinental, Newark


  • Dubai International: Dubai


  • Avior Airlines: Barcelona
  • Conviasa: Caracas
  • Copa Airlines: Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia
  • SBA Airlines: Caracas
  • Venezolana: Maracaibo



Complete List organized by airline:

Aeroméxico: Mexico City, MEXICO

Air Canada: Toronto–Pearson, CANADA

Air France: Paris–Charles de Gaulle, FRANCE

Air Transat: Montréal–Trudeau (seasonal), Toronto–Pearson, CANADA

American Airlines: Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, USA

Aruba Airlines:  Aruba, ARUBA

Avior Airlines: Barcelona (VE), SPAIN

Avianca: Bogotá, COLOMBIA

Avianca Costa Rica: San José, COSTA RICA

Avianca El Salvador: San Salvador, EL SALVADOR

Cayman Airways: Grand Cayman (seasonal)

Condor: Frankfurt, GERMANY

Conviasa: Caracas VENEZUELA, Managua GUATEMALA

Copa Airlines: Aruba, Asunción, Belo Horizonte–Confins, Bogotá, Boston, Brasilia, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cali, Campinas, Cancún, Caracas, Cartagena de Indias, Chicago–O’Hare, Córdoba, Curaçao, David, Fort Lauderdale, Georgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Guayaquil, Havana, Iquitos, Kingston, Las Vegas, Liberia (CR), Lima, Los Angeles, Managua, Manaus, Maracaibo, Medellín–Córdova, Mexico City, Miami, Montego Bay, Monterrey, Montevideo, Montreal–Trudeau, Nassau, New Orleans, New York–JFK, Orlando, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Porto Alegre, Puebla, Punta Cana, Quito, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, San Andrés Island, San Francisco, San José (CR), San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz de la Sierra–Viru Viru, Santiago de Chile, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo, São Paulo–Guarulhos, St. Maarten, Tampa, Tegucigalpa, Toronto–Pearson, Valencia (VE), Villahermosa,Washington–Dulles

Copa Airlines Colombia: Barranquilla, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena de Indias, Cúcuta, Guatemala City, Medellín–Córdova, Pereira

Delta Air Lines: Atlanta, USA

Iberia: Madrid, SPAIN


Lufthansa: Frankfurt (begins 16 November 2015), GERMANY

SBA Airlines: Caracas, VENEZUELA

Spirit Airlines: Fort Lauderdale, USA

Sunwing Airlines: Toronto–Pearson, Montréal–Trudeau (sesonal), CANADA

TAP: Portugal, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

United Airlines: Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, USA

Venezolana: Maracaibo, VENEZUELA

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