Panama City travel guide

Panama City Tourism | Panama City Guide

You're Going to Love Panama City

With a population of 36,484, Panama City is a must-see destination in Florida, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Panama City has to offer.

Where to Eat in Panama City

If you’re looking for affordable options, G. Foley's (3212 W 23rd Street) and Dreamers Restaurant & Bar (1136 Thomas Dr) are great picks.

When to visit Panama City

Panama City in November
Estimated hotel price
$92
1 night at 3-star hotel
Panama City in November
Estimated hotel price
$92
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Panama City in July, when the average temperature is 80.6 °F, and the highest can go up to 87.8 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 44.6 °F, with an average temperature of 53.6 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 7.9″. In contrast, May is usually the driest month of the year in Panama City, with an average rainfall of 2.8″.

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How to Get to Panama City

Plane

When flying to Panama City, you’ll arrive at Panama City NW Florida Beaches (ECP), which is located 16 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Panama City include American Airlines, United Airlines and Air France. The shortest domestic flight to Panama City departs from Minneapolis and takes around 4h 19m.

Car

Another option to get to Panama City is to pick up a car rental from Pensacola, which is about 95 miles from Panama City. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Turo, among others, in Pensacola.

Bus

Panama City’s bus station is located 1.8 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to Panama City, you’ll arrive at Panama City NW Florida Beaches (ECP), which is located 16 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Panama City include American Airlines, United Airlines and Air France. The shortest domestic flight to Panama City departs from Minneapolis and takes around 4h 19m.

Car

Another option to get to Panama City is to pick up a car rental from Pensacola, which is about 95 miles from Panama City. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Turo, among others, in Pensacola.

Bus

Panama City’s bus station is located 1.8 miles from the city center.

Airlines serving Panama City

Lufthansa
Good (4,668 reviews)
KLM
Good (838 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,749 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,448 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,598 reviews)
Air France
Good (977 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,101 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,935 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,349 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,243 reviews)
Finnair
Good (764 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,941 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,539 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (4,574 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,363 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (520 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (765 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (948 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (770 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (737 reviews)
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Where to stay in Panama City

Average rates range from around $301 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $427 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Quality Inn & Suites and Best Western Plus Panama City Hotel.

Where to stay in popular areas of Panama City

Most booked hotels in Panama City

Hilton Garden Inn Panama City Airport
3 stars
Excellent (9.1, 343 reviews)
$129+
Hyatt Place Panama City Beach/Beachfront
3 stars
Excellent (9, 2228 reviews)
$221+
Holiday Inn Panama City
3 stars
Excellent (8.8, 229 reviews)
$160+
Hampton Inn & Suites Panama City Beach-Beachfront
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, 1113 reviews)
$189+
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Panama City
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, 691 reviews)
$116+
Days Inn by Wyndham Panama City Beach/Ocean Front
2 stars
Good (7.8, 3311 reviews)
$145+

Renting a car in Panama City

Renting a car in Panama City costs $85 per day, on average, or $254 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Panama City is the Hertz branch at 6401 West Bay Parkway, which is 16 miles from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 1% more expensive than at Panama City NW Florida Beaches.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in Panama City (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in Panama City is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Kia Forte or similar) are, on average, 62% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Panama City costs $85 per day, on average, or $254 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Panama City is the Hertz branch at 6401 West Bay Parkway, which is 16 miles from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 1% more expensive than at Panama City NW Florida Beaches.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in Panama City (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in Panama City is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Kia Forte or similar) are, on average, 62% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.