These Hop On Hop Off buses are very popular with tourists and cruise passengers in many parts of the world. Typically double-decker buses follow a predetermined route with specified stops along the way. You can make the entire 2-hour loop listening to a commentary in multiple languages, or hop off to visit a particular site and then hop back on another bus.
The Panama operation will use 5 buses, with the option to hop on or hop off at one of nine programmed stops including several malls (including the gigantic Albrook Mall) and shopping areas, Casco Viejo (sometimes called the old French area, or Colonial Panama City) which is where the Interoceanic Canal Museum is located as well as the Golden Altar, the Miraflores Panama Canal Locks and Visitor Center, and the location of the new “Bridge of Life” biomuseum designed by Frank Gehry. Prerecorded commentary is available via earphones in six languages [Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and German]. Tickets are $29 for 24 hours, $39 for 48 hours (children 4-12 are $24 and $34) and are available in hotels, generally on board, or in advance on line.
This is a great, new tour option for visitors to Panama City!
If you are planning to check out Panama or connecting through Panama’s rapidly growing Tocumen International you should know:
Panama is where the world meets . . . so what are you waiting for?
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On a related note . . . When the new North Concourse at Tocumen International opens in April, the airport will increase its annual passenger load from six million to nine million! [Put in perspective that’s roughly the same as Salt Lake City or Honolulu.] The new terminal will be able to handle wide bodied aircraft like the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 747. The next expansion is scheduled for completion in 2014, on the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal and the date for the opening of the new expansion of the Canal, and at that time Panama will become Latin America’s most internationally-connected airport.