What are the roads like in Panama?


Most roads in Panama are quite good. The Interamericana (Interamerican Highway) runs down the country from east to west and is well paved throughout. Parts of the Interamericana in eastern Panama near the Darién turn to dirt roads, but on the whole the country’s highways are well maintained and without many potholes. Mountainous roads can be winding and small and may narrow into one-lane roads over bridges.

Motorists use the right side of the road. Within the city, there can be heavy traffic and bad drivers. Generally there are good road signs throughout Panama, but in remote areas this may not be the case. We generally recommend taking private transports or shuttles during your first trip to Panama. Doing so will allow you to travel smoothly and without hassle.