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Cómo llegar a Bocas del Toro desde Panamá y Costa Rica
22 Nov

Guide of How to get to Bocas del Toro from Panamá and Costa Rica

Bocas del Toro is an excellent destiny to have some relaxing days and to enjoy one of the most beautiful Caribbean landscapes. This town is located in the north of Panama and it is visited not only for Panamanian tourists but also people from all over the world.

Bocas del Toro

The main attraction of Bocas del Toro is its archipelago of islands in the east coast of Panamá which borders Costa Rica. It also has a continental territory where there are national jungle parks and other attractions.

The archipelago has 9 main islands and all of them are full of beautiful beaches surrounded by the Caribbean crystalline sea. The tropical warm weather all the year makes them irresistible.

Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is a picturesque city which expands its tourism offers constantly. In the last years, the numbers of restaurants, hotels and tour operators have increased to improve their services.

The most popular question that arises when you are going to travel to this destiny is how to get to Bocas del Toro. There is something that you should know: Bocas del Toro is an island, so tourists can´t arrive by ground transportation only. This is the reason why we know all the routes to go to Bocas del Toro in a simple way.

If you want to enjoy this amazing tourist destiny, you need to read this post in which we explain you in a detailed way how to get to Bocas del Toro from Panama city and San Jose Costa Rica in order to enjoy an unforgettable and well-deserved holidays.

First of all, there are two ways of getting to Bocas del Toro: by plane and by land and water taxis.


Guide of how to get Bocas del Toro from Panama by plane

To go to Bocas del Toro from Panama, you can take a plane from International airport Albrook Marcos Gelabert in Panama city to International airport de Bocas del Toro. Air panama is the airline which flies this route and it offers two flights per day, but there are possibilities to find more flights during high season.



The flight lasts 45 minutes and flight’s ticket costs from u$s 80 to 150. The price of them depends on the year season (the tickets are more expensive from December to March).

Although Bocas del Toro airport is near to the Hotels area, It is recommendable not to move on foot. The distance you have to do, depends on where you have reservation. There are many taxi companies that offer you to transfer from airport to hotel with a variety of prices.


Guide of how to get Bocas del Toro from Panama by bus

To get Bocas del Toro by bus, you have to take a bus from Gran Terminal of Albrook. There is an office there, where you can buy tickets to get Bocas del Toro. There are 2 or 3 bus-journeys per day and each of them lasts 10 hours aprox. Bus’s tickets cost from 28,80 balboas (u$s28,70) It is important to say that the distance between Panama and Bocas del Toro is 600 kilometers.

Terminal de Albrook, Panamá

The bus goes to the north and it has a 45 minutes stop in Santiago town to eat, to go to the toilet or to relax. After that, the journey continues to Almirante town where the bus journey ends. You have to take a water taxi there to arrive to the archipelago.

The water taxi costs just U$S 1 /6 balboas/ and it lasts 25 minutes. Two companies transfer people from the continent to the island, and you can take water taxis every 30 minutes.

Colon is the main island of the archipelago and where Boca del Toro city is. The airport, the tourist zone and the most beautiful beaches are there too.


How to get Bocas del Toro from Costa Rica

Costa Rica, as a neighboring country of Panama, is another country which contributes with an important flow of tourists who come back to Costa Rica, amazed by the beautiful nature of Bocas del Toro. This fact is produced because the boundary between Panama and Costa Rica is too near. San José, the Costa Rican city, is not far from Bocas del Toro. It is just 270 kilometers by land. This is the reason why to get to Bocas del Toro from Costa Rica is simple and people can do it by plane and by bus/ water taxi.


If you are going to travel by bus, there are two companies that can help you. The Bocatoreño´s offers two bus-journeys per day and its buses leave in front of Cocori´s hotel in the center of San Jose. Buses Alfaro is near it and it offers bus journeys every day too.

The buses go to Sixaola which is the city bordering Panama. After migration process, the bus continues to Guabito. You can continue by bus or you can get a taxi to Puerto de Almirante. There you take a water taxi to Bocas del toro. There are a lot of people who travel in this way, so it is easy to find a secure transfer.


Logo de Nature AirLike from Panama, to go to Bocas del Toro you can take one of the two daily flights that the airlines have to Colon Island and Bocas del Toro.

From San Jose, Nature Air Company has flights to Bocas del Toro which last 1 hour. In general, Travel by plane is the most comfortable option because the flight is short so you save time.

Lastly, you can consider traveling from Costa Rica to Bocas del toro with the service that we offer you. This service includes lunch and the ticket to Bocas town. Besides that, we help you to make the migratory process in Costa Rica – Panama cross

When we arrive at Bocas del Toro, you can choose among the variety of hotels or you can consider options like staying in other islands of this paradise.

You have to know that Colon Island concentrate the principal tourist life but the rest of the islands can be a good option if you want to be relaxed.

Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro

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