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How to get from Panama City to Portobelo

You’ve experienced the lively energy of the capital, Panama City, and now you’re ready to have some chill time in a more laid back location. It’s time to head to Portobelo, a charming port city along the Caribbean coast.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a trip to this colonial city, known for its significance as a military fortification and a silver trading route. It’s a picturesque place that will feel like a world away from Panama’s capital, and a stunning contrast from the life of the city. But how do you get from Panama City to Portobelo?

How do I get from Panama City to Portobelo?

Panama City to Portobelo is about 98 km and 1 hour and 35 minutes driving time.

When travelling from Panama City to Portobelo, there are a couple of options available depending on your preference and priorities. The options are to take a local bus, or arrange private transportation.

For budget-conscious travellers, the bus is the most cost effective option, and the cheapest way to travel from Panama City to Portobelo. If convenience is your priority, the fastest way to travel from Panama City to Portobelo – and the best way to travel from Panama City to Portobelo – is by private car.

Panama City to Portobelo by bus

To get from Panama City to Portobelo by bus, you’ll need to head to Albrook Bus Terminal. It’s not possible to get to Portobelo directly, so you’ll need to change in Sabanitas, along the route to Colon. While a direct driver would take a little over 1.5 hours, taking into account unscheduled stops for other passengers and a transfer in Sabanitas, the journey can take up to 3 hours if you opt to travel by bus. It is cheap, though, costing around $5-6 USD per person for the journey in full.

Time intervalsHourly
First/Last departure6 AM / 9 PM
Avg. Price 2 persons$10.40 USD
Duration~2-3 hrs
Operating CompaniesUTRACOLPA

Panama City to Portobelo by taxi

Taking a private car is recommended if you prefer a convenient and comfortable option for travelling between different cities. Using a global trusted service like Daytrip, you will be picked up at your accommodation in Panama City and be driven to your destination in Portobelo. That means no bus stops, no crowds, and no confusion. Best of all, you’ll be transported by a knowledgeable, local driver and have the opportunity to make sightseeing stops along the way! A trip from Panama City to Portobelo can include stops at…

  • Templo Baha’i
  • Miraflores Visitor Center
  • Parque Municipal Summit

With comfort, convenience, and adventure, it is clear that a private transfer is the best option!

Book a private transfer from Panama City to Portobelo

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