Finding your way around
The Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen (tel. 507-238-2700, www.tocumenpanama.aero) receives flights from Europe and the United States. The national tourist information bureau (IPAT), as well as the main international car rental agencies, all have outlets at the airport.
The traffic in Panama City is often heavy, but finding your way around town is not particularly difficult. On certain days, several major downtown arteries become one-way streets. For example, the Las Americas Bridge becomes one-way at certain points during the weekend to facilitate access to the town.
Panama City does not have a government-run public bus company; and several small private companies serve different parts of the city. The buses tend to be old, are usually crowded and make frequent stops, so this may not the best means of transportation if you are in a hurry. Despite these inconveniences, bus travel is cheap and can be a good way to meet the locals.
Taxis can be found just about anywhere and are probably the safest way to get around town. In Panama City, taxis work by zone instead of with meters. You will have to negotiate the cost of the ride, and it is a good idea to agree on a price before you hop aboard.