Tocumen Panama International Airport Guide (PTY)

Airport info
Code: PTY
Via Tocumen, Panama City, Panama

Tocumen Panama International Airport is situated 17km (11 miles) east of Panama City.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +507
238 2761.
Timezone: GMT -05:00

The largest airport in Panama, Tocumen Panama International Airport is a major Central American hub. Our Tocumen Panama International Airport guide provides airport contact details, as well as information on terminal facilities, public transportation and accommodation options.

Airport news

Expansion of the terminal in the form of the new North Pier was completed in 2012. Construction on the South Terminal area began in March 2013.


There are two information help desks in Arrivals. These provide bureaux de change facilities, hotel booking services and tourist information.

Transfer between terminals

The North Pier is connected to the rest of the terminal by moving walkways.

Driving directions

Tocumen Panama International Airport is accessible using either the South Corridor toll road or Avenida Domingo Diaz/Via Tocumen, both of which stretch northeast from Panama City. It takes less than 20 minutes via the toll road, whereas it can take an hour or more using the second option.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: Several public bus routes link Tocumen Panama International Airport and central Panama City (journey time: 60 minutes; fare: approximately US$1). However, it is advisable to use the pre-booked taxi service.

Shuttle: Some hotels offer shuttle services.

Taxi: Regulated ‘tourist taxis’ (tel: 238 4305) are available with pre-purchased fares – visitors cannot use other options. The price to Panama City starts at around US$25.

Terminal facilities


There is an ATM and a bank in Departures. Bureaux de change facilities are available at the information desk in Arrivals.


Cable & Wireless operates a telephone/fax facility, along with internet access. Public telephones can also be found throughout the terminal.


Restaurants offering Panamanian and international cuisine, as well as coffee shops and snack outlets, are available at Tocumen Panama International Airport. Options are situated in both the public and passenger-only areas.


There is a variety of shops in Departures, including duty-free outlets.


Porters are on hand to assist with luggage. Trolleys are available but cannot be taken out of the customs area.


Other facilities at Tocumen Panama International Airport include a medical clinic and shower rooms.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There are no business facilities at Tocumen Panama International Airport but there is a VIP lounge, the Tocumen Royal Saloon (tel: 238 2600), which caters for arriving and departing passengers.

Meeting and conference facilities are available at the Sheraton Panama Hotel and Convention Centre (tel: 305 5100;, 15 minutes from the airport in San Francisco, and also at the Riande Aeropuerto Hotel (tel: 291 9000;, a few minutes away.

Disabled facilities

Tocumen Panama International Airport caters to the needs of disabled passengers with a range of facilities, signage and wheelchair-accessible ramps and lifts.

Car parking

An open-air car park is directly in front of the terminal building.

Car rental

Car hire operators at Tocumen Panama International Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Thrifty, Sixt and some local operators. Each of these companies has desks in the public area of Arrivals.


There are no on-site hotels at Tocumen Panama International Airport; however there are two options within a short distance. Otherwise, all major accommodation is located in Panama City 17 km (11 miles) to the west – assistance with hotel bookings is available from the information desks in the terminal. Our Tocumen Panama International Airport guide offers the following accommodation options:

Sheraton Panama Hotel and Convention Centre

305 5100.

About 15 minutes from Tocumen Panama International Airport, the Sheraton is a large property with all the trappings expected of the luxury brand. A comprehensive sports and leisure offering complements its choice of restaurants, bars and extensive business facilities.

Via Israel y Calle 77, San Francisco, Panama City, Panama

Courtyard Panama MetroMall

304 9595.

Located within the MetroMall shopping centre with its choice of restaurants and shops, the Courtyard hotel is less than 15 minutes from Tocumen Panama International Airport by taxi. Hotel facilities include meeting space and a swimming pool. The on-site restaurant serves American-style fare.

Avenida Domingo Diaz via Tocumen, Centro Comercial MetroMall, Panama City, Panama

Riande Airport Hotel

291 9000.

Just a couple of minutes' drive from Tocumen Panama International Airport, this 183-room hotel is the most convenient option for those wishing to stay close to the terminal. This tranquil hotel has a large pool, business centre, meeting rooms, and is set in tropical gardens.

Avenida Domingo Diaz, El Dorado, Panama City, Panama