Albrook Mall & Bus Terminal
The Panama City bus terminal is part of Albrook Mall. Albrook Mall is the largest shopping mall in Latin America with over 700 shops. Find almost anything you want here. Stores range from bargain to ultra-luxury. Three food courts offer huge variety of restaurants and fast-food joints. There’s also an arcade, bowling alley, movie theater and Metro that goes to some parts of the city.
Because of its connection to the bus terminal and bargain shops Albrook can get crowded on the weekends, especially during the holiday season. Multiplaza is a more upscale alternative.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10AM-9PM, Sun: 11AM-7PM
Albrook Bus Terminal: If you’re on a budget, you can get to places in Panama very cheaply by bus. The Bus Terminal is adjacent to the Mall, about 15 minutes from downtown Panama City.
Every city in the interior of the country is connected by a network of “bus stations”, even if it’s just a bus stop with a sign.
Most buses are comfortable and with A/C. Bring a sweater in case it gets too cold. For short trips, some buses are refurbished American school buses. The seats are not always comfortable and it can get crowded, but hey, this is an opportunity to mix it up with all those friendly locals.
From the Albrook terminal, you can take bus directly to all the major tourist destinations except for Pedasi (with one stop in between in Chitre).
One-way ticket prices range from $2.75 to $27.50. The prices below are one way.
Panama’s Riviera: Santa Clara, $3.95 Coronado, $2.80 Rio Hato: $3.95
El Valle de Antón: $4.75
David is the gateway to Boquete and Volcan. The trip takes 6 hours and the buses are comfortable with air conditioning. They leave at 10,11 & 12pm. and get to the David terminal in the early morning. From there, take a bus or taxi to Boquete or Volcan.
Bocas del Toro: Puerto Almirante is the port from which you can take a boat ride to Bocas’ main Colon Island (for about $4 ). You can take a bus there from the Albrook terminal for around $27.00
Pedasi and the Azuero Peninsula: Take a bus to the city of Chitre and from their another to Pedasi. The whole trip will take about 9 hours and cost about $15 .
Getting to Costa Rica: For $40 one way and $80 round trip you can take a comfortable night-bus to San Jose, Costa Rica. The trip takes about 15 hours. They leave at 11pm every night. You need to go to Albrook Terminal one or two days ahead of time to buy your ticket and be at terminal at 10PM to board.