How to Get to San Blas from Panama City [car / flights]

The Archipelago of San Blas (Guna Yala), one of the most paradisiacal and isolated places in Panama

San Blas is not a place to which you can travel without having previously booked both tours and lodging.

Arriving by Car to Carti, San Blas

Traveling by car is the cheapest way, but the heaviest way to get to San Blas. The price of a car in a shared car is between $ 25 and $ 35 per person and a private car for up to 6 people costs about $ 150 to $ 200 per way. It takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to reach one of the 3 piers of Cartí (Tupile, Barsukun and the old airport).

What you need to know if you travel to San Blas by Car?

  • The road that crosses the central mountain range of Panama towards San Blas in the Caribbean is in extreme tough. Only 4 × 4 cars or high SUVs can travel to this area.
  • The road is 100% paved, except for the areas near the piers where the cars are parked.
  • Many travelers usually get dizzy during the ride in the mountain range.
  • If you decide to travel in your own car, be sure to check the fluids and brakes.
  • During the journey through the mountain range there will be no telephone signal or Internet.

What fees you by in the road to San Blas?

  1. Entry tax: $ 20 for foreigners and $ 10 for Panamanians or residents of Panama (per person).
  2. In case of traveling in your own car there is a charge of $ 25 (for this vehicle).
  3. Pier Fee: $ 2 to $ 3 both foreigners and Panamanians (per person).

Driving directions to Carti, San Blas

  1. From Panama City, take the Corredor Sur towards the Tocumen airport, but instead of going to the airport, you should continue on the south corridor until the end.
  2. Followed by the end of Corredor Sur you will arrive at the following towns: La 24 de Diciembre (+20 minutes), Pacora (+30 minutes), and finally Chepo (+20 minutes).
  3. After the town of Chepo, you will find a gas station of the company A / B (continue straight ahead without detours).
  4. After 10 minutes of passing the A / B gas station, you will find on your left hand the entrance to the road that leads to San Blas, turn left. This road has no detours.
  5. One hour after entering the road you will find the first of 2 checkpoints where you must pay the entrance taxes and present your identification documents (Panamanian IDs and passports the foreigners).
  6. The Barzukun River pier is located just after the second checkpoint, turn to the right at the first exit (the entrance of the pier is not paved).
  7. The Tupile and the Old Airport piers located are at the end of the road without detours after having passed the second checkpoint, just on the coast.

Flying to San Blas With a Commercial Airline

Previously, Air Panama had commercial flights to 4 airstrips in San Blas: El Porvenir, Corazon de Jesus, Playon Chico and Puerto Obaldia. In 2013 Air Panama decided to fly only to Playon Chico and Puerto Obaldia.

Charter flight to San Blas

Aero Albrook provides the largest variety of aircraft and destinations in San Blas. El Porvenir, Corazon de Jesus, Playon Chico and Puerto Obaldia.

Charter Flights to El Porvenir

AircraftsOriginDurationOne Way
Robinson R66 - Helicopter
4 (800 pounds | 362kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
00:45$2,206.88
Islander BN2 - Turbo Prop
8 (1400 pounds | 635kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
00:36$1,337.50
Robinson R44 - Helicopter
3 (700 pounds | 317kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
00:45$1,605.00
Piper Seneca - Turbo Prop
3 (500 pounds | 226kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
00:36$1,136.88

Charter Flights to Playon Chico

AircraftsOriginDurationOne Way
Islander BN2 - Turbo Prop
8 (1400 pounds | 635kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
01:00$1,872.50
Piper Seneca - Turbo Prop
4 (750 pounds | 340kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
01:00$1,337.50

Charter Flights to Corazon de Jesus

AircraftsOriginDurationOne Way
Robinson R66 - Helicopter
4 (800 pounds | 362kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
00:51$2,501.13
Islander BN2 - Turbo Prop
8 (1400 pounds | 635kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
00:45$1,605.00
Robinson R44 - Helicopter
3 (700 pounds | 317kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
00:51$2,461.00
Piper Seneca - Turbo Prop
3 (500 pounds | 226kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
00:45$1,270.63

Charter Flights to Puerto Obaldia

AircraftsOriginDurationOne Way
Piper Seneca - Turbo Prop
3 (500 pounds | 226kg)
(PAC) Panama, PA
Panama City / Albrook Int.
01:24$2,273.75

Tours and Travel Packages in San Blas

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