Panama City Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Panama City

Where is it located?: Panama City is located in Panama, in the middle of the country, on the Panama Canal.

Why do people go there?: Panama City tends not to be a destination in its own right, except for those who have an obsession with the canal. Most visitors head to the city on their way north to Costa Rica or south to South America.

How do travelers get there?: Buses down from Costa Rica (with a ferry crossing) or up from South America are common for those who do not fly.

Currency: Balboa (PAB); US dollar (USD)

City Code: None needed

Population: 800,000

Languages: Spanish, English, many are bilingual`

Travel Information

Neighborhoods: Calle Uruguay

Attractions: Panama Canal, Colonial Influence, Gardens

Accommodations: Panama City Hostels, Panama City Hotels

Tourist Office: Panama-Instituto Paname�o de Turismo (IPAT) Apartado 4421, Centro de Convenciones ATLAPA, V�a Israel Panam� 5 +507-226 3167, +507-226 4614;; FAX +507-226-3483;//

Off-the-beaten-path: The Toy Box

Health Issues: None

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The dry season in the beginning part of the year is the most crowed and hot, but at least you’re dry.

Common Phrases: Hello!=Hola!; Goodbye=Adiós; Please=Por favour; Thank You=Gracias; Yes=Si; Sorry=Lo siento; My apologies=Perdón; May I?=Permiso?; How much is it?=Cuanto cuesta?; Do you speak English?=Habla inglés?; Good morning=Buenos dias; Good afternoon=Buenos tardes

How to get around?: Boats and buses carry you back and forth – although watch out for dodgy ships.

Good to know: Panama City is the administrative and political hub of Panama.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Panama City is the Tocumen International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Panama City travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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