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    Tucomen to Albrook

    How can you get from Tucomen Int'l to the bus station at Albrook. Is there a shuttle or express bus?? We're arriving early afternoon and want to head towardes David the same day. Thanks

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    Take a taxi, should be about $25. Then hop on a bus at Albrook to David, I think it's $12.50 for the bus. If you know where you are staying, you can ask the bus driver helper to drop you off near it, or wait until you get to the bus station and take another taxi or bus to your hotel. It will be a long day. If there is a hotel somewhere along the way that you would like to stop at, just tell the helper. All the buses have someone to make change and help people on and off the bus.

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    Hi Becky.. hope you received my post from your other response.
    I was hoping to find a shuttle or express bus between the airports. Yes, that may be a longer day than I want. I have never been to Panama but it looks like Santiago might be a decent "layover" spot. Any suggestions? We are not looking for "resorts" but more "typico" lodging. I have spent considerable time in Mexico, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Also spent 11 years in SE Asia, mostly Philippines. I enjoy getting on a bus.. and just getting off somewhere that looks interesting. My email: davidtogie@yahoo.com

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    I don't remember seeing any buses at the airport. You may have to walk to the main road to catch one. It's not that far to the main road....you could do it. We always rented a car when we came to visit, so I don't know for sure.

    If it was late when we got in, we just stayed at the Riande. It's about a mile from the airport. You never know what kind of room you will get there, good, bad, or ugly.

    If it was earlier, we always stayed at Hector's Bay View hotel at El Palmar Beach, in San Carlos. This is definitely not first class accommodations, but we enjoyed the ocean and the people were friendly. He even let us stay there with our 2 dogs that moved here with us. We weren't very adventurous, when we found someplace acceptable, we stayed with it.

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    If you are taking the bus I would probably suggest you stay either in Panama City overnight or get all the way to Santiago. Stopping in the middle, such as San Carlos, will mean you have to catch a bus off the highway there and then you are stuck with whatever happens to not be totally full. You might wind up stuck on a short bus (no pun intended) or spend an hour or two waiting. It happened to me going from El Valle to the Azuero. I literally had to wait 1.5 hrs to wind up scrunched on a short bus.

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    @ MRWOOHOO

    You haven't really "roughed it" until you've done the Bolivian Altiplano in the back of a 5 ton stake truck loaded with locals, chickens,goats& assorted livestock !! lol Definitely makes jaws drop around the dinner table at the Marriott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deepthinker View Post
    @ MRWOOHOO

    You haven't really "roughed it" until you've done the Bolivian Altiplano in the back of a 5 ton stake truck loaded with locals, chickens,goats& assorted livestock !! lol Definitely makes jaws drop around the dinner table at the Marriott.
    I couldn't say... I've never sat at the dinner table at the Marriott. I have eaten snake at the market in Cambodia, various bugs at street stands in Thailand, dog in the Philippines, chicken entrails in Mexico, and other nourishment.

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    Local cuisine

    If you get the chance try fresh criadilla on the barby. Yummy Rattlesnake is good too but you have to handle veeeeery carefully !! lol If it runs, flies, swims or slithers I've probably tried it at least once. Prefer to kill & cook what I eat that way I know for sure where it came from. Fresh grubs are great; 10,000,000 skunks can't be wrong. lol

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    Honestly the bus system here in Panama is pretty decent. Sometimes people have a pet bird or live chicken in a box but no big deal. Many expats with cars that live in the interior do take the bus into the city just because driving is a pain in the butt. Somebody here in Las Tablas just purchased 3 brand new large comfy buses because everybody was going to Chitre and catching a bus from there. As far as eating weird stuff, no thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRWOOHOO View Post
    If you are taking the bus I would probably suggest you stay either in Panama City overnight or get all the way to Santiago. Stopping in the middle, such as San Carlos, will mean you have to catch a bus off the highway there and then you are stuck with whatever happens to not be totally full. You might wind up stuck on a short bus (no pun intended) or spend an hour or two waiting. It happened to me going from El Valle to the Azuero. I literally had to wait 1.5 hrs to wind up scrunched on a short bus.
    I'll throw my two cents worth into the discussion. There is a fair sized bus stop/station on the East end of Penonome and there is a decent hotel (w/ restaurant) adjacent to the bus stop/station. We've stayed in the hotel (Guacamaya) many times and there are always buses coming and going at all hours from the station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by becky7474 View Post
    Take a taxi, should be about $25. Then hop on a bus at Albrook to David, I think it's $12.50 for the bus. If you know where you are staying, you can ask the bus driver helper to drop you off near it, or wait until you get to the bus station and take another taxi or bus to your hotel. It will be a long day. If there is a hotel somewhere along the way that you would like to stop at, just tell the helper. All the buses have someone to make change and help people on and off the bus.
    There appears to be no dedicated shuttle/transfer bus from the airport to the bus station....best to take a cab.

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    There are some busses that stop near the airport....but not exactly at the airport, you need to walk to the main road. And then try to cath a Corredor Sur that goes directly to the busterminal. It is though very dificult to get a corredor sur bus because they are almost always full, and they're not allowed to take more people with them than the ones that can sit down (no passengers may stand in a corredor sur like in a red devil) There are also buses that go to the terminal with a lot of stops: every bus wich bus"helper" screams Terminal directoooooo is going to the terminal, but it will take at least one hour, Corredor Sur takes about 20 minutes.
    Todo esto es vida, vivela!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennVol View Post
    There is a fair sized bus stop/station on the East end of Penonome and there is a decent hotel (w/ restaurant) adjacent to the bus stop/station.
    I forgot about Penonome. If you can get there you should be able to get a bus anywhere else.

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Most any bus will be running to Albrook Terminal from the airport. You could skip the taxi fare.

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    hi does anyone know how i would go about getting from albrook to Tucomen on the bus??
    thanks

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Never seen a bus running from Albrook to Tocumen.

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Do you want a bus that goes straight to Tocumen airport, or just the Tocumen area? I've never seen a bus that goes straight to the airport...most of the passengers at Albrook don't have a need to go to the airport. I'm sure there are plenty of buses that go out towards the airport. You will just have to get off the bus at the closest stop to the airport.

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Buses don't go to directly to the terminal at Tocumen Airport.

    They stop in front of the airport on Via Tocumen (which is probably a 7-8minutes walk with suitcases).

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Quote Originally Posted by Thegreatoggy View Post
    Buses don't go to directly to the terminal at Tocumen Airport.

    They stop in front of the airport on Via Tocumen (which is probably a 7-8minutes walk with suitcases).
    Is that a Diablo and how long does it take from Albrook to Tocumen?

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    yes, Diablo rojo but I doubt there's a direct one from Tocumen to Albrook (I'm pretty sure there isn't) so you would have to transfer several times (at least one...probably at La Grand Estacion in San Miguelito....with luggage...not a good idea imo)

    I don't recommend this option...just saying it exists

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Quote Originally Posted by Thegreatoggy View Post
    yes, Diablo rojo but I doubt there's a direct one from Tocumen to Albrook (I'm pretty sure there isn't) so you would have to transfer several times (at least one...probably at La Grand Estacion in San Miguelito....with luggage...not a good idea imo)

    I don't recommend this option...just saying it exists
    That is kinda what I thought. I'll spend the money on a cab. I will say I have seen this question asked several times on this forum.

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    there is a "corredor tocumen" going thru the corredor sur, but im not sure if it gets close to the airport.... These buses leave from the small foodcourt at the terminal...(at the foodcourt ask for buses "corredor tocumen" and they will tell you where exactly they leave) It costs one dollar
    Todo esto es vida, vivela!

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Spend the money, save the headache, take a taxi when transferring from either airport.

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Quote Originally Posted by davidp View Post
    Spend the money, save the headache, take a taxi when transferring from either airport.
    Excellent advice.

    There is no way in the world I would want to be dropped on the side of the road "close" to the Tocumen airport with multiple suitcases in the daytime, let alone at night. You might as well just give your stuff away at the Albrook terminal and save yourself the trouble of being robbed after you are dropped on the side of the road in Tocumen.

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Quote Originally Posted by TennVol View Post
    Excellent advice.

    There is no way in the world I would want to be dropped on the side of the road "close" to the Tocumen airport with multiple suitcases in the daytime, let alone at night. You might as well just give your stuff away at the Albrook terminal and save yourself the trouble of being robbed after you are dropped on the side of the road in Tocumen.
    Lol, besides, if you give your stuff away at least you will have made some new friends.

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Hi all,

    We have a flight from Tocumen back to Toronto at 8:45pm on Sunday.
    I'm coming from Bocas and planning to book a flight to Albrook at 5:45pm.
    Do I have enough time to get from Albrook to Tocumen and check-in (I'll take a taxi)?

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    On a Sunday the transportation should be about 30 mins from airport to airport. If a Friday it could take 1.5-2 hours.

    If you arrive at 5.45 PM no problem. Checking in online, only having carry-on and such would help.

    Quote Originally Posted by sergit View Post
    Hi all,

    We have a flight from Tocumen back to Toronto at 8:45pm on Sunday.
    I'm coming from Bocas and planning to book a flight to Albrook at 5:45pm.
    Do I have enough time to get from Albrook to Tocumen and check-in (I'll take a taxi)?

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    Thank you
    we actually have a suitcase to checkin. Hope it's not going to be a big deal.
    There is another flight early morning at 8am. Just want to use last few hours to snorkel instead of sitting in the city

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    Re: Tucomen to Albrook

    The Riande Aeropeurto hotel is a ripoff - if you walk in, they will say "we are full, but let me see what we can do". Then they come back with an outrageous rate (2-3x what you would expect). Just stay downtown.

    I would like to see a nice shuttle bus to/from Allbrook and Tocumen.



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