Tucomen to Albrook

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  1. david42

    david42 New Member

    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
     
  2. becky7474

    becky7474 New Member

    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.
     
  3. david42

    david42 New Member

    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
     
  4. becky7474

    becky7474 New Member

    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.
     
  5. MRWOOHOO

    MRWOOHOO New Member

    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.
     
  6. Deepthinker

    Deepthinker New Member

    @ 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.
     
  7. david42

    david42 New Member

    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.
     
  8. Deepthinker

    Deepthinker New Member

    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
     
  9. MRWOOHOO

    MRWOOHOO New Member

    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.
     
  10. TennVol

    TennVol New Member

    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.
     
  11. hhunter

    hhunter New Member

    There appears to be no dedicated shuttle/transfer bus from the airport to the bus station....best to take a cab.
     
  12. Annepannetje

    Annepannetje New Member

    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.
     
  13. MRWOOHOO

    MRWOOHOO New Member

    I forgot about Penonome. If you can get there you should be able to get a bus anywhere else.
     
  14. roglucas

    roglucas New Member

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

    MRPOWELL New Member

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

    MRWOOHOO New Member

    Never seen a bus running from Albrook to Tocumen.
     
  17. TennVol

    TennVol New Member

    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.
     
  18. Thegreatoggy

    Thegreatoggy New Member

    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).
     
  19. MRWOOHOO

    MRWOOHOO New Member

    Is that a Diablo and how long does it take from Albrook to Tocumen?
     
  20. Thegreatoggy

    Thegreatoggy New Member

    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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