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Panama City Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Panama City Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I’m in hour 2 of a 16 hour wait at this airport and so far it’s not satisfying many of my needs. – Sean

PTY Airport Overview

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(Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports contributor / August 2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Panama City Tocumen Airport.

What to Expect

Panama City Airport (code: PTY) currently operates from  Terminal 1 and North Concourse.  A new South Terminal (Terminal 2) is now open and will be occupied, for the most part, by Copa Airlines. Flights are expected to start in Summer of 2019 which may alleviate overcrowding in the other Terminal.  In Terminal 1, travellers report that bathrooms can be dirty and some flights require additional security screening, so arrive to your gate early. Pay attention, as a few reviews describ e airport staff looking for bribes or running credit cards twice. When you have had the opportunity to experience Terminal 2, please write a review to help future travellers.

Eateries and shops are plentiful, though pricey, and none are open 24 hours, so plan ahead if you’re camping out. WiFi is free but may be limited to 30 minutes, use sparingly. For added comfort you may be able to access one of two airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Panama City Airport

Seating throughout the airport is equipped with armrests, not exactly comfortable for shuteye. A sleeping bag makes the floor your best option and an extra sweater or blanket combats cold air conditioning.  Explore our guide to sleeping in Panama City Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.  For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Panama City Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Panama City Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Crowne Plaza Panama Airport – (1 minutes from the airport) A free 24-hour airport shuttle runs every 30 minutes. To find the shuttle, follow the signs to parking areas. Cross the street and look for the purple and white Crowne Plaza bus. » Check Rates
  • Riande Aeropuerto – (3 minutes from the airport) A free airport shuttle is available. To find the shuttle, exit the airport and you will see the dedicated bus stop. The bus runs every 20 minutes. » Check Rates
  • Courtyard by Marriott Panama Metromall – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle is available. The hotel will arrange a taxi for your return to the airport. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Panama City Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Copa Club – Location: Airside, Second floor, above Gates 21 and 21A. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Tocumen Royal Saloon – Location: Landside, 3nd Floor. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes The Lounge Panama by Global Lounge Network – Location: Airside, near Gates 1 – 10. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Panama City Airport for 30 minutes.  (Confirmed by a reader in May 2019)

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Landside and Airside.

Banking Services – Banco Nacional de Panama is located in Sector 100.

Currency Exchange – Travelex has one location each in Sector 100 and the Duty-Free zone.

Duty Free and Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside in the Duty Free zone. A variety of souvenir shops are available landside in the public access hall. Hours: 5:30AM – 9:00PM (or 10:00PM). During high season, some shops stay open 24 hours.

Food & Drinks – The airport offers a good variety of restaurants and coffee shops (19 in total). According to the airport website, restaurants close by 10:00PM; however, during high season some operate 24 hours. Vending machines are available.

Information Desk – Location: Landside, Main Hall – Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – In March 2017, a reader let us know that there is a left luggage office after you exit the customs area. Rates are $5/day for a suitcase, but more expensive for large items like surfboards.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available free of charge at the medical clinic in Sector 100, near the car rental agencies. If needed, medical staff can transfer a sick or injured passenger from a different area of the airport to the medical clinic.

Pharmacy – Farmacias Arrocha is available. Location and hours: unknown.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Mobile Charging – Mobile charging is available, with power outlets compatible with US plugs.

Showers – Showers are available in the Copa Club. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Panama City airport is served by the following airlines: Air CanadaAir China • Air Europa • Air FranceAmerican Airlines • Aruba Airlines • Avianca • Avior Airlines • Condor • Conviasa • Copa AirlinesDelta Air LinesIberiaKLM • Laser Airlines • Lufthansa • SBA Airlines • SpiritTurkish AirlinesUnited Airlines • Venezolana.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


PTY airport is connected to the local bus transportation system. At the time of this update, a one-way ticket costs $0.25/person. For more information and to plan your route, visit the Panama City Tocument Airport website.

Shuttle Bus – The Tourism Authority of Panama provides a free shuttle bus from the Airport to the Metromall Shopping Center. The ride takes approximately 15 minutes. Service is available everyday except Saturdays. For more information, visit the Panama City Tocumen Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following agencies provide car rental service from Tocumen Airport: Ace • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Hertz • National • Sixt • Thrifty and more.

Hotel Shuttles

See Airport Hotels above.


Only taxis operated by Tourist Taxi Service can be boarded at Tocumen International Airport. These taxis are available exclusively to tourists in order to guarantee passenger safety and service. For a sample list of fares, visit the Panama City Airport website.

Last updated: 2020-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.