Information & Facts
Open-air parking is available in front of the terminal.
Car hire companies represented in the arrivals hall are Alamo,
Avis, Barriga, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
The only public transport into Panama City is provided by
minivans dubbed 'Taxi de Turismo', which can be booked from the
Information Booth in the arrivals hall. The fare is US$15, and
transfer time is about half an hour. Regular taxis also operate day
and night at fixed prices depending on the number of passengers,
but are not metered. The taxi rank is outside the arrivals
There is a bank and ATM on the departure level. A restaurant and
coffee bar are situated on the mezzanine overlooking departures,
and snack bars in arrivals. Last-minute gifts can be bought at
several stores on the first and second floors, including duty free.
Baggage storage is available, and information booths are located in
The official language is Spanish. However, many
Panamanians speak both Spanish and English.
The official currency is the Panamanian Balboa (PAB), equal to
100 centesimos, but the US Dollar is accepted everywhere at a rate
of B1 = US$1. Balboa are available only in coin denominations. The
only paper currency used is US dollars. It is easy to exchange
currency and travellers cheques in Panama at banks, exchange shops,
hotels and the airport. Avoid the black market. The best rates are
offered at the larger banks. Old, creased and dirty foreign notes
may be refused for exchange. Most major credit cards, American
Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diners club, are widely accepted.
There are about 300 ATMs in Panama City. Banks are usually open
from 8am to 1.30pm on weekdays.
Local time is GMT -5.