I need to buy a cel phone when we arrive. Can I buy one in the Airport. Are there kiosks in Casco Viejo?
I've never seen (but haven't been looking) for a cellphone kiosk at the airport. Short walk and you can get one in Casco.
I don't believe there is anywhere at the airport that you can purchase a phone when you arrive. I have seen places that will sell you the high end phones, but all you will need is a cheap ($20) phone that you can buy the phone cards with time on them.
Once you get to your destinations there will be a bunch of places around there that sell the phones. You can even have the taxi that is taking you to your hotel. Tell him you want to go to Movistar or Movil to buy a phone. I would stay away from Digicel.
Thank you for your info.
Driving from the airport towards Playa Blanca, is there a good spot to pull over to buy a cheap cell? Best coverage?
Sorry . . . would NOT suggest a visitor drive anywhere near Via Espana, unless you want a closeup look at the subway station under construction, are fond of detours and like LOTS of traffic.
AND, just to complicate your drive - Bridge of the Americas will have only two lanes open starting on January 10th - they tried closing it a couple of days ago and the traffic jam was so monumental they reopened all the lanes until they can come up with a better plan. So . . . I might suggest Albrook Mall for your phone shopping and use the Puente Centenario (Centennial Bridge) to get out of PC.
Thanks for the bridge update. I copied a listing of streets to take out of the airport, but changing to the other bridge.....
Would it be too much trouble to map out a route? I have a map but it's mucho confusing. Thanks.
@chrisk - Today's situation (not to be confused with what might be happening tomorrow) the Puente de las Américas (Bridge of the Americas) is open. The repair plans have changed everyday this week. They (the government) basically have no clue on how to deal with the 50,000+ vehicles that use that bridge every day.
Your "mucho confusing" comment is exactly why we always suggest visitors should NOT drive from the airport if they have ANY alternative way of getting to their destination.
If you'd like to PM me with your email address I can send directions plus a map - that may or may not be accurate when you get here.
Thanks, Steve. The friend we are visiting said she would send a driver. We did drive once before when our friends were moving there, and it was a nightmare of getting lost in the city.
Enjoy Panama. You're are getting off to a good start by leaving the initial drive to someone else.