How to get to Casa Nativa Panama
Casa Nativa is truly located in the perfect spot in Panama City – in the neighborhood of Ancon. The beautiful jungle canopy above and around will give the impression that you are far away from the bustle of the city. Sometimes it is hard to believe just how close we are to the most popular destinations for the traveling hostelers.
When you take the 45 minute walk from Casa Nativa up to the top of Mt. Ancon, you will see exactly what we are talking about. We have a pocket of paradise.
Directions to get from Tocumen Int’l Airport to the hostel, by Bus or Taxi
Bus fare: 1.25$
Total travel time: Approx one hour.
Here is a map to the bus stop location at the airport: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zPnuDKFWmB1U.kF7uO8GEd8J4
Take the bus that says CORREDOR SUR ALBROOK, which has the least amount of stops.
The bus fare is $1.25, though some buses do not take cash. Fortunately, it is common for new riders with cash to offer to pay another rider the fare in exchange for them to use their bus pass card to pay for your fare.
Corredor Sur buses regularly come every 15 minutes.
Buses drop you at Albrook Terminal a huge public transportation hub which is attached to Panama City’s largest mall, Albrook Mall. This a large, safe station with lots of security around. Upon arriving Albrook, you can take a taxi for 2$ dollars per person to the hostel.
Taxi fare from the airport to the city is 30$ plus 5$ for additional persons.
Here is our address in Spanish so you can give it to the taxi driver:
Bajando la Av Arnulfo Arias, en Balboa Ancon, frente al Mercado de Artesanias, cruzar a la mano derecha donde se encuentra la fuerza armada, en AV MORGAN, es casa de esquina del lado izquierdo, después de ACOBIR.
Let us know if we can help you with anything else.
How to get to Panama City
1 Tocumen International Airport (IATA: PTY) is just outside Panama City (it’s part of the San Miguelito district, which has been incorporated as a separate city but essentially exists as part of Panama City). The airport is a hub for Copa Airlines, and is also served by American Airlines (Dallas/Ft.Worth, Miami), Delta Airlines (Atlanta, Georgia), United Airlines (Houston, Newark), Avianca (Bogotá, Colombia; San José, Costa Rica; San Salvador, El Salvador and Managua, Nicaragua). Most major Central American airlines, and several South American airlines and European Airlines also serve the city. There are at least six daily flights to and from Miami, two from Orlando and Atlanta, and three daily flights from Houston, 1 from Los Angeles LAX, two from Newark, and 1 from New York’s JFK. There are daily flights to Mexico City; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Caracas, Venezuela; Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Asunción, Paraguay; Havana, Cuba; Kingston, Jamaica, at least 7 Colombian cities (Medellín, Cali, Pereira and Bogotá included) and several international destinations. There’s also service to Madrid, Spain, and service to Amsterdam with KLM.
Getting to the city center from Tocumen is unfortunately not easy, as the metro does not yet serve it. Taxis cost $30, which can be reduced to $10 if you can find two other people to share with. Depending on traffic, the trip can take well over an hour.
There are metrobuses (modern, air-conditioned buses) which cost $1.25 to get to the city center from the airport, but these buses only accept fare cards, not cash. At the airport there are only machines to top up fare cards, but not to buy them. However, the bus is always full of people going to and from the airport, so you can probably find someone willing to pay your fare with their card and you pay them back in cash. Take the bus going to Albrook, from the bus stop that is across the street, farther from the airport, by the billboards. To get there follow the “public transport” sign by turning right as you exit the terminal, then follow the fence along to the right, cross the small parking lot, and follow the (mostly) covered sidewalk the rest of the way — or just follow people. It’s no more than a 5-minute walk. There are at least two different bus routes that go to the Albrook bus terminal; take the one marked Corredor Sur if at all possible for a half hour trip (depending on traffic), or take the local bus (Via España) for a slow (at least 1.5 hr) trip. You can buy a fare card for $2 at the Albrook bus terminal once you get there. Albrook in turn is served by the metro.
Getting back to the airport, you can catch a bus at the 5 de Mayo station. Head down the stairs in the pedestrian underpass to the bus station, and go left to platform 1, doors ‘C’ (Corredor Sur to Tocumen). At 4pm on a weekday there can be a substantial wait and the ride takes 50min due to rush hour.
Also, forget anything you may have heard about the red devil buses — they no longer serve the airport, although they are still common in the city.
Domestic flights leave out of 2 Gelabert/Albrook Airport (IATA: PAC), a former US military airfield (Albrook Air Force Base). Domestic airlines are safe, and many fly very modern small jet aircraft. There are daily flights to every major town and city in the country. The only carrier is AirPanama (Aeropuerlas shut down in 2012). Unlike Tocumen, this airport does have a metro station in close proximity, however the airport terminal is at the western side of the runway (and the metro station is to the east near the Albrook bus terminal) and walking to the metro station is not feasible.
Panamá Pacífico International Airport (IATA: BLB), a small airport previously known as Howard Air Force Base. VivaColombia offers daily flights to Medellin and Bogota. Taxis ask $30 for a ride to the city. You’ll cross the Panamá Canal on the way.
The only train service is between Panama City and Colón on the Panama Canal Railroad. It’s mostly a freight train, but it has a very nice passenger car. The train ride offers excellent views of the Panama Canal and the tropical rain forest. In a way it is the only “transcontinental commuter rail line” in the world as some people live in Colon and work in Panama City or vice versa and commute using this train.
Panama City has one of the most modern bus terminals in Latin America, the 3 Gran Terminal Nacional de Transporte (commonly referred to as “Albrook”). It’s the main hub and well organized. The bus terminal is next to the Albrook airport (the domestic airport) and it is very easy to find a bus here.
The long(er)-distance buses leave from the eastern side of the terminal on the ground level and you have to go through turnstiles by paying $0.10. Arrivals are usually on the first floor above the terminal building. All of the international buses (“tica buses” too) start and end in this terminal.
The metrobuses serving the bus terminal arrive and leave from the western side of the bus terminal (between the bus terminal and the Albrook Mall).
Within the terminal, you can buy a “RapiPass 3en1” card which can be used in the metrobus, metro and terminal ($0.10 terminal fee at turnstiles and toilet use). The card costs $2 and needs to be topped up. Turnstiles can only be accessed with this card (no cash payment possible), however people are generally very helpful and you can ask someone to swipe you through and giving the $0.10 to that person instead.
There are two food courts in the terminal, one at the southern end and one at the northern end. There are many drinking water fountains throughout the terminal. Toilets cost $0.25, are clean and can be paid with a $0.25 coin or with the RapiPass. Access to the metro station is via a bridge in the center of the terminal.
The adjacent mall offers practically all that a traveler may want: showers, cinemas and plenty of shopping, etc.
Ave. Morgan, 2468, Ancón,
Panama City, Panama
Phone: +507 387 0181