Panama Metro
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MUFan-TRIP
Cape Coral, FL38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
I used the Metro to get back to my Airbnb after visiting the Locks on a 1 night stay in Panama. I had a feeling using the vending machines might be a challenge so I searched all over the internet for some clear English instructions but couldn't find any. So hopefully you can pick up things from my experience.
First of all Most vending machines are only for reloading $ on a card you already have. The machines that do dispense cards DO NOT have an English button. Even the staffed kiosks couldn't sell me a card. They just changed my $ bills for fresh crisp ones and pointed to a vending machine.
To get a card you have to select a box in the upper left of the touch screen. I asked several of the others standing in line and even they seemed confused by the title of the touch screen button.
Here's the next trick. The vending machines only take cash. 1s or 5s. Once you select this box in the upper left a green light comes on by the bill slot. You have about 4 seconds to get your 2 $ bills in this slot. If one goes in but the second gets spit out because it's wrinkled and you don't get it back in in time the machine voids your request BUT keeps your dollar. Now I know why the staffed desk insisted on giving me crisp dollars.
Assuming you make it past this the machine spits out your Rapid card.
But this card has no funds on it. So you have to select a different item ( this option is clearer in Spanish), and once the green light turns on quickly but carefully put in a couple bucks to load the card.
One more thing. Everyone told me at Metro subway rides were always 50 cents which is a great deal. But that's not completely true. If you start in downtown and then transfer to line 2 which heads close to the airport they charge you an additional surcharge when you try to get off. So don't cut it to close particularly if you're using one card across several people.
Aside from the difficulty getting a card if you are a nonspanish speaking tourist to Metro is very nice. The stations are clean and easy to get in and out of. It's crowded but safe.
Written 12 August 2022
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ProsaicTraveller
Saskatoon, Canada325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We each got a $5 Metro card and used it about 15 times. We still had a whole bunch left over. Easy to use and so convenient. The Metro Stations were clean and efficient. Highly recommended way to travel within the city
Written 8 March 2020
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BVinLA
Los Angeles, CA93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The card purchase and charging process was a little confusing at first as they are separate processes. But once I had my card it proved to be a very efficient and reliable metro. The per ride price is a bargain compared to most subways, the trains are clean, the wait times low, and stations had modern wait time displays so one is never left wondering when or if a train will come. Overall I found the metro useful.
Written 8 October 2022
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SilverTraveler2
Castle Rock, WA438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Just had our first trip on the Panama City Subway. Staff was very helpful in obtaining our Metro Card and showed us how to charge it. Very simple process. Uou scan your card to enter and scan your card on the way out. Thirty-five cents to ride either one stop or the entire length of Line 1. The cars were very clean, and everyone onboard was fine. No drama, no threats, no graffiti. There were plenty of young people and they were dressed nicely. This is the first subway that I've ever taken, in any city, and it was great. We took the trip all the way to the Albrook Mall/National Bus Terminal, and you couldn't ask for a better service.
Written 23 August 2023
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PanamaVagabond
Chitre, Panama309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The metro is the most cost-effective and efficient mode of transportation available in Panama City.

The trains are frequent, clean, and on time.

the system is a little crowded during rush hour as everyone ones to use it.
Written 13 February 2023
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fernandez s
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Rode the metro train around town. Relatively simple , only 2-4 trains ~ 15 stops . Very clean . I am used to NY subways so.... it’s not 24/7. Security present, trains run frequently and air conditioned. Graffiti free. Cheap too. Only 35 cents , metro cards available. I did not understand why you need card exit as well but it only charges you one way.
Written 14 February 2020
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Tom M
Portland, OR61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The metro is very well designed and the trains come frequently. They may be packed during rush hour but we were not overwhelmed as you might be in some other cities. There are two lines now and a third one will start construction soon. Inexpensive at 35 cents per ride, including transfer. The metro cars are air conditioned and so are the underground stations. Above ground is not. You cannot get to the airport yet but you can get to MetroMall and then take a free bus to the airport if you buy something in the Mall. Great idea!!
Written 10 February 2020
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Paul F
St. Petersburg, FL46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Clean and Reliable. Trains were generally full. Took an hour to get from El Congrejo to Tocumen Airport. A taxi might take 30 or 40 minutes. Cost was $.80 with a $2 Metro card. cards easy to recharge and the 3 of us used the same card. Only negatives are the lack of benches at the stations and no signage directing you to the stations from the surrounding area.
Written 20 June 2023
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Ala F
Chicago, IL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The metro is very clean and easy to navigate. You purchase $2 card, one is ok for two people. You have add money or you can use credit card. We use change to add additional funds. It is in Spanish but people are very helpful. It is only 35 cents for one ride. Metro doesn't go to Tocumen airport. We took Metro to Albrook Mall. At Albrook is the main bus station from you can travel through all the Panama provinces.
Written 11 February 2020
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Elisha S
Eugene, OR13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I used the Metro to get around in Panama City. Note that it IS possible to get from the PTY airport to downtown, but there requires a short bus ride from the airport to take you to the Metro station. Fellow passengers were friendly and willing to help with directions in Spanish or English. They all wanted me to enjoy Panama City!
Written 9 March 2022
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