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Top places to visit in Panama

Cheap flights to Panama from $143 One Way, $344 Round Trip

$344 return flights and $143 one-way flights to Panama were the cheapest prices found within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.


Deals For This Weekend's Flights

Origin Destination Travel Dates Flights From*
SJO Tocumen Jun 26 - Jul 2 $418
ATL Tocumen Jun 27 - Jul 4 $455
SJO David Jun 25 - Jun 27 $477
MEX Tocumen Jun 26 - Jul 3 $512
FLL Tocumen Jun 25 - Jun 28 $524
MIA Tocumen Jun 26 - Jul 21 $524
MIA David Jun 25 - Jul 7 $538
FLL David Jun 25 - Jul 7 $538
LGA Tocumen Jun 26 - Jul 20 $735
JFK Tocumen Jun 26 - Jul 5 $828
LAX Tocumen Jun 25 - Jul 12 $830
JFK David Jun 26 - Jul 4 $974
JFK David Jun 26 - Jul 4 $974
*Prices include taxes and fees

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Cheap Flights to Panama

Fly to the snake of land that divides Central America from South America and you’ll discover more than the eponymous canal that has made Panama such an important travel destination. There’s the excitement and multicultural exuberance of Panama City, rainforests, remote beaches and a lot more besides in the bubbling, melting pot of Panama.

When to Book Flights to Panama

Squeezing itself in a horizontal stretch sandwiched by the seventh and ninth degrees north of the equator, Panama has a tropical climate. Things can get very hot and humid in the lowlands but if you are visiting the highlands be prepared for more than a little chill as the sun sets.

It’s the shorter dry season, from late December to the end of April, that provides Panama with its peak season and you can expect the price of flights to peak at this time too.

You can avoid the crowds and the mark-ups in the rainy season, from May to December, but there is a climatic price to pay. In the mountains and rainforests peaks are clouded and walking tracks hard going thanks to the downpours. However, on the Pacific coast, the rains may be frequent but they are short-lived. You can grab a bargain flight to the beach and enjoy many sun-filled spells.

Having said this, if it’s the Caribbean coast you are heading for, you should be aware that there is twice as much rain here as the Pacific, even during the so-called dry season. March and October are the best months for those looking to enjoy the delights of Bocas del Toro.

How to Find the Best Flight Deals to Panama

Using Orbitz, you can quickly narrow down your Panama flight options and filter your results to quickly find the best deals for you.

Use our ‘Nearby airports’ option shows you if an alternative US departure point will lower the price of your flights – or if a flight to another airport in Panama, other than Panama City, will offer you a cheaper alternative.

If your vacation dates are not fixed you can also check the ‘My dates are flexible’ tick box to compare the cost of flights across a range of dates.

To highlight the best deals, you can sort and filter your flight results in a number of ways by using the options on the left-hand side of your search results. Zone in on certain types of flight – such as connecting/direct or refundable/non-refundable – or organize your results by price, flight duration, airline or time of day.

Main Airports in Panama

Panama’s Tocumen Airport is the largest and most important airport in Panama (and in Central America as a whole). The home of Copa Airlines (a member of Star Alliance), is in a seemingly constant state of expansion and upgrades – and it just gets better every year.

The airport is popular for connections between the Caribbean, South America, North America and Central America.

Tocumen is located about 30 minutes from Panama’s downtown center, and arriving by taxi, shuttle or rental car is manageable among the adjacent toll road, Corredor Sur.

The buses that are available for $0.25 (un cuara) to downtown are recommended for only the most adventurous of travelers.

Which Airlines Fly to Panama?

Carriers offering direct flights to Panama from US airports include:

  • United
  • Copa
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Delta
  • American Airlines
  • Air China

How to Get Around in Panama

With its well-maintained infrastructure and compact size, Panama is easy to travel around.

If you’re short on time domestic flights to destinations like Bocas del Toro, David and the villages of Guna Yala are worth considering. Colon is reached easily by car, taxi, bus or train from Panama City.

For domestic flights within Panama, the most important airport is Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport, usually referred to as Albrook Airport. It’s adjacent to the massive Albrook Mall, where the capital’s main bus terminal is located.

Rental cars are readily available and taxis widely available. If you are only staying in Panama City you won’t need a car and the infamously heavy traffic here can be frustrating.

Panama’s legendary buses — the Diablo Rojo, or Red Devil — are former American school buses painted in bright colors and kitted out with a salsa-blaring sound system. They are great fun to ride and complemented by the modern MetroBuses within Panama City and long-distance, air-conditioned buses throughout the country.

Panama City is home to Central America’s first modern subway system, and the Metro offers an impressively efficient way to traverse the capital. The Panama Canal Railway follows the canal from the capital to Colon, on the Caribbean coast.

You can also cruise the canal by boat aboard the Pacific Queen, a 300-passenger cruiser with excellent facilities. The full tour, runs from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean, and takes about eight hours.

Places to visit in Panama

Panama City

With a mix of very old and strikingly contemporary, few cities in Latin America can match the diversity and cosmopolitanism of the capital. Casco Viejo is a Unesco World Heritage Site while downtown is mainly devoted to modern commerce.

Panama Canal

Stretching 50 miles from Panama City in the south to Colón in the north, this work of engineering brilliance historically cost thousands of lives to create and remains of critical importance for trade routes today.

Bocas del Toro

The mangroves, beaches and coral reefs of Bocas del Toro, named after the shape of the land resembling a bull’s mouth, offer laid-back Caribbean vibes and watersports aplenty.

El Valle de Anton

Small-town charm and beautiful scenery make El Valle de Anton, a town in the Cocle province, a great place to bike or hike through verdant hills and lush forests.

Tips for Traveling in Panama

Make sure you try the national dish of sancocho, a chicken soup made with yuca, plantains and root vegetables that are distinctively flavored with the pungent, coriander-like cilantro herb.

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