Q - What is the best currency to use in Panama?
R. Panama uses the US dollar as its currency. The official name for it is the balboa, but it's exactly the same bill. People use the terms dólar and balboa interchangeably.
Q - How much cash should I bring to Panama?
R. The amount of cash you should carry depends on what you plan to do. If you envision a day of eating at better restaurants, having drinks, and maybe even buying a souvenir, you'll want $30-50 per person. However, if your hotel includes some meals and you're only planning on lounging along the beach, $20 should cover it.
Q - What is Panamanian food like?
R. Typical Panamanian food is based around beans, rice, plantains, and meat; including beef, chicken and pork. Seafood is widely available and excellent, and tropical fruit is plentiful. Unfortunately, green veggies don’t grow well down here, and as such there is not an abundance of leafy vegetables
Q - How much do I tip drivers and other service workers in Panama?
R. Like tipping in general, this is largely a personal choice and depends on the service rendered. If you feel that the person has been helpful, then tip them. If not, do not feel obligated to tip. However, Panamanians don’t earn huge salaries, so these tips can be an important source of income. For porters or baggage handlers, $2 to $3 should do it. For more extensive services – such as for naturalist guides or shuttle drivers – you may want to tip more.
Q - What are the medical facilities like in Panama?
R. Panama has great medical facilities and doctors, particularly in Panama City and other large cities. Many doctors speak English and provide high-quality care for their patients. Outside of larger cities there are regional hospitals and clinics. Doctors are on-site and at most places an appointment is not necessary. There are also pharmacies scattered across Panama where travelers can purchase both prescription and non-prescription drugs. Travelers who are considering visiting more adventurous, remote places may want to consider buying travel insurance.
Q - Is crime a problem in Panama?
In most places, crime is not a problem in Panama. Most Panamanians are warm and welcoming and do not engage in violent acts. There are, however, a few areas of Panama where crime is an issue, mostly in impoverished urban areas with high unemployment rates. For Example Colon, San Miguelito are areas that you have to be careful or visit it with a tour guide.
Q - What should I do in case of an emergency in Panama?
R. In case of a medical emergency, dial 911—this will call the ambulance service. If the ambulance does not arrive promptly, however, try to grab a taxi and get to the nearest hospital. For other emergencies, you can reach the police by calling 104 or the fire department by calling 103.
Q - Is the water safe to drink in Panama?
In most places, the water in Panama is safe to drink. The Panama Canal Company had a high standard for hygiene, and as a result the water is clean in Panama City and much of the rest of the country. Bocas del Toro is one of the few places in Panama that does not have reliably safe water.
Q - What services does R&E provide?
R - We specialize in airport transfers in Panama City. This includes airport pickups from Tocumen Airport PTY to Albrook Airport PAC to Panama city Center and back. We also provide private English Speaking drivers services for tours or longer rides to some other provinces.
Q - How can I find my driver at the airport?
R. - When booking your airport taxi, you will specify what you would like us to write on the name sign. When the driver comes to the arrival hall, he will be holding a name sign with your name (or whatever you requested) at the "Tourist desk". That's why it's so easy to find the right person. If you have any problems finding your driver, you can always give us a phone call or request a callback on our website, and our dispatchers will help you find the driver.
Q - What if my flight is delayed?
R - Because we track your flight status, the driver will enter the arrival hall only after the actual arrival of your flight - even if it's delayed. There is no extra charge for this service.
Q - What payment methods do you accept?
R - We accept cash, and you can also pay for your ride with the credit card online. If you don't have any cash on hand, our driver will gladly stop at the closest ATM for you.
You can also choose to pay for your ride with the credit card online. Once your booking has been made, we will email your invoice with the payment link in addition to our booking confirmation email. If you decide to pay for your ride with the credit card, please make your payment beforehand.
Q - Are there any hidden costs?
Not at all. The price for the airport transfer is a flat rate. This means you pay a one-time fixed price that isn't dependent on the traffic, your flight delay, or any other factors. The flat rate includes all parking fees at the airport, meeting you with the name sign at the arrival hall, tracking your flight status, waiting for you at the arrival hall for up to 60 minutes. If you need a English Speaking driver has a surcharge.
Q - Can I cancel my booking?
R - Yes. In order to avoid any cancellation fees, please cancel your booking no later than 8 hours before your pick-up time. If you miss your flight and plan to catch the next one available, you can simply change the pick-up time and keep your booking.
Have questions or need help?
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