You will spend 11h 4m in the air with a direct flight to Panama from the UK. However, there are factors that may add a significant amount of time. Your departure airport is one consideration, but the number of stopovers along the way will also affect travel time. London Heathrow is the largest and busiest airport in the UK, and it can offer a wide range of flights to Panama. Other options include London City Airport and Birmingham Airport. You will land in one of two airports in Panama – Tocumen Aeropuerto international Airport is the largest commercial airport in Panama, but you may also elect to travel to Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport. Both are in close proximity to Panama City.
Currently, there are no direct flights to Panama from the UK. However, there are multiple cities that offer flights with one or two stopovers. Both will add time to the flight, but passengers may choose two stopover-flights to save money on tickets. London Heathrow and London City Airport both offer one-stopover flights, while Birmingham offers flights with two or even more stopovers. Note that a single stop can increase travel time up to 15h 30m while two stops can make this a 17h trip. Some flights have three stopovers, which increases travel time even more. Some of the more common stopover points, include Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport in Georgia, USA, Amsterdam, Boston, Miami International, and Charles de Gaul International in Paris.
The best way to get around Panama is by taxi, at least within Panama City and other urban centers. You’ll find traditional cabs here, as well as Uber. However, the roads are pretty well maintained, so renting your own car is also an option. Bus and train travel are also available for those moving between cities, and can be both affordable and comfortable. Air travel is also possible for those who want a faster trip.
You will discover a myriad of things to see and do during a visit to Panama. Visiting the Panama Canal is certainly one of the most common. You can also visit Casco Viejo, explore the Green Acres Chocolate Farm, or spend time in the Finca Los Monos Botanical Gardens. For those seeking to reconnect with nature, a visit to Coiba Island National Park is in order.
Yes, British citizens will need a passport to fly into Panama from the UK. However, you will not need a visa. With that being said, if you arrive by sea, you will need a visa, as well as proof of a return ticket and sufficient funds to live while in the country. If you enter Panama by land, you will usually need to show proof of an onward or return ticket.