From Tocumen (and back)
There are 3 possible scenarios to get you from Panama’s International Airport Tocumen to the Balboa Inn:
We pick you up
You take a taxi
You drive with a rental car
(1) We pick you up
We highly recommend you let us arrange your airport pickup transfer. At $35 for 2 people addition cost is $10.00 per person. You can be sure to have a reliable driver that knows our exact location and doesn’t confuse us with another inn. We can arrange pickup at any time of the day or night. To use this service, simply arrange it during the booking process or send us your flight data. We will then send you a copy of these airport pickup instructions.
(2) You take a taxi
If you prefer to take an airport taxi. No problem. But please, make sure to print out this document and, very important, take it with you :-). Even the most geographically challenged taxi driver in Panama (and they are all very challenged!) should be able to make it. Remember, Panamanian taxi drivers can’t read maps so make sure you have google maps or print directions off before your arrival.
(3) You drive a rental car
No problem. Although driving in Panama City – depending on the time of day – is not always for the faint of heart, it certainly not as bad as Bangkok or Calcutta. As an option, you may actually consider picking up your rental car at Albrook airport after you arrive at the Balboa Inn. Driving in the Canal area is a whole different story and getting in and out of town, from Balboa, is very easy. We’re right near the Bridge of the America’s and the highway to Colon.
Don’t count on your rental-company supplied GPS! We just had guests (October 2010) that spent over 2 hours driving around because their GPS didn’t work. We also know some rental companies don’t update the local maps which can lead to all kinds of aggravation. When you call the Balboa Inn in such a case, we will recommend you flag down a taxi and have them lead you to the Balboa Inn. Please be sure to have our telephone numbers. 507 314 1520 cell & whatsap 507 6618 4414