Private tour

Panama City: Layover Private Tour

Panama City: Layover Private Tour

Activity provider: Safe Transportation Panama

From US$ 85 per person

Enjoy a quick tour around main tourist attractions in Panama City for those on a short layover in the city. Do not miss the chance to visit the Panama Canal with this 4-hour tour. Airport pick-up and drop off included.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Private group


  • Visit the best of Panama City on a private tour with an expert guide
  • Take advantage of your connection in Panama
  • Enjoy Panama City in safety and comfort
Full description

Using your flight number and airline name, a driver will track your flight until it lands. After landing, the driver will be waiting for you outside with a sign highlighting your name. The driver will assist you to the car with your luggage. Once in the car, the driver will head to the Miraflores Visitors Center at the Panama Canal where you will see the ships going through the Miraflores Locks on their way from one ocean to the other. The tour will be designed for you to visit the Panama Canal during the busiest time of the day so you can watch the whole process from a terrace. After leaving the Panama Canal, the guide will take you to the Amador Coastway, a road that connects 3 islands where you will have the opportunity to see the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry. The following destination will be the Old Town of Panama where you can appreciate the beauty of colonial buildings and handicraft shops while walking the quaint, narrow roads. After the Old Town, see the modern Panama City on your way to the airport.

  • Private transportation
  • Guide
  • Water
  • Highway tolls
  • Tickets for Miraflores Visitors Center ($10.00 per adult, $5.00 for children between 5 to 12 years old)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants 12 and older must present physical or digital proof that they've been fully vaccinated with a FDA or WHO-approved vaccine administered at least 14 days before the performance date. Children between 5-11 years old must present proof that they've received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved vaccine and be accompanied by a vaccinated adult meeting the theater's entry requirements. Guests whose last vaccine dose (excluding boosters) was fewer than 14 days before the performance date must also present either a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the performance starts or a negative antigen test taken no more than 6 hours before the performance starts

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Meeting point

Tocumen Airport or Panama Pacifico Airport. Meet the guide showing a sign with your name at Arrivals which is at the left after Customs.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • The best time to visit the Panama Canal is between 8:00 AM-10:00 AM and 2:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Participants coming from Brazil are required to bring their International Vaccination Certificate against yellow fever in order to be able to leave the airport
  • Negative COVID19 PCR or antigen test with less than 72 hours and a minimum of 7 hours between flights are required in order to be able to leave the airport
  • Tickets have an additional cost of USD $10 per person to be purchased at the Canal
  • This stop is optional because there is a free observation area from Pedro Miguel Locks which is the place to visit on Mondays when the Visitors Center is closed
  • The guide is also the driver to reduce contact
  • In order to be able to leave the airport it is necessary a minimum of 7 hours between flights, a full vaccination certificate against Covid-19 with more than 14 days since the last dose or a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test with less than 72 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 51 reviews

Review summary

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We booked the Panama City: Layover Private Tour and were incredibly satisfied with this activity. Our guide was prepared, friendly and knowledgable about the beautiful city of Panama!!! We were greeted and excorted to a comfortable, clean vehicle and given cold water upon entry. We toured the new city by car, the old city on foot and were able to witness the ship process through the canal as a perfect ending to our 5 hour tour. Dan Taylor was the best! Would highly recommend this activity to anyone visiting Panama City.

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July 26, 2022

What a great tour, highly recommend! My guide was courteous, knowledgeable, and just a good guy. Learned so much about a country I’ve never known. Highly recommend and will do it again when I come back. It was great being with someone that was able to teach me so much.

July 21, 2022

I had a 12 hour layover in Panama so i booked a private 4 hour tour. I got to see the canal and see deal of the sites. It was really good. The worst part was getting through customs. I was by myself and felt safe the entire time. My tour guide Dan was nice and knowledgeable. Next time I woukd store my luggage before leaving so that it woukd be easy to stay in the old town when my tour was over.

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May 1, 2022

Product ID: 110767