Panama City boasts the very 1st metro system in Central America.
I enjoy traveling by subway, so I am happy that Panama City now has one.
My husband and I recently took the metro from the Iglesia de Carmen (Carmen Church) to the Albrook Mall.
You can see what the station looks like from the street in the photo to the left.
It was clean, cool, easy, and enjoyable.
A metro employee helped us figure out how to get money on our Rapi>Pass card for the metro
The Rapi>Pass Card
The Rapi>Pass card is a 3 in one public transportation card.
You use it in Panama City for
- Metro trains
- To enter the bus area of the Albrook bus terminal.
The card itself costs $2 and afterwards you recharge it with money and tap it to enter a bus or metro system. You can recharge it at many locations, including each metro station.
How To Use The Rapi>Card
You can add money to your card using the machine seen in one of the photos below. Then you tap it at turnstile in order to both enter or exit each station.
Here is a little photo essay of the journey. Click on any photo to start slideshow.
I have information on where the metro goes after the photos below.
Small World Moment
In a small world moment, when exiting at the Albrook station I ran into someone from Puerto Armuelles. She didn’t know how to use the card to exit and I helped her.
We spoke Spanish to each other for awhile and then realized we were both English speakers. She is originally from England. Her name is Jackie, or Miss Jackie, as many people call her since she worked for years at the Las Palmas school in Puerto Armuelles. I had heard of her, but never met her before.
She was on her way to England and taking her grand daughter with her. It was a fun meeting someone from Puerto like that.
Where The Metro Goes
Panama plans to have 4 metro lines. Right now it just has 1, Line 1.
The map of line 1 is on the left, and in the slideshow above.
Currently, Line 1 runs from Albrook Bus Terminal to Los Andes Commercial Center. In the future it will be extended from Los Andes to San Isidro.
Line 1 is 13.7km long with 12 stations, including seven underground stations and five elevated stations.
Line 2 will also be built in two phases. The first phase will go from San Migulieto to La Dorba and Phase 2 will include the route from Albrook to San Migulieto.
Line 3 will be 21km long, running from Albrook to La Chorrera. It will pass through a new bridge constructed on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.
Line 4 will run from Albrook to Rana de Oro.
Is Panama City Too Big For You?
Panama City is growing by leaps and bounds. It is becoming both nicer and bigger.
If you are looking for a slower paced small town, you many want to check out our town of Puerto Armuelles.
Puerto Armuelles is the only true beach town in Panama.
Find out more about Puerto Armuelles here.