What are the driving times between destinations?
Travel times in Panama can vary significantly depending on where you are going. If you are heading along a well-traveled route, it’s likely that the roads will be in good condition and your travel will be smooth and speedy. If, however, you are in more rural parts of Panama, such as the Darién or the southern Azuero Peninsula, you may encounter worse roads. The speed limit is limited to 50 km/h (30 mph) within cities and 80 km/h (50 mph) outside the cities. There may be bad traffic in urban areas; traffic jams are not uncommon.
The following list is a compilation of general travel times between Panama City and popular destinations: Gamboa (45 minutes), Portobelo (1.75 hrs.), Playa Coronado (1.25 hrs.), El Valle (2 hrs.), Playa Santa Clara (1.5 hrs.), Chitré (3.5 hrs.), Las Tablas (4 hrs.), Pedasi (4.5 hrs.), Santa Catalina (5.5 hrs.), Boca Chica/Boca Brava (6 hrs.), David (6 hrs.), Boquete (6.75 hrs.), Cerro Punta (7.5 hrs.), Paso Canoa/Costa Rican border (6.75 hrs.), Bocas del Toro (8.5 hrs.).