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Is it safe to take a taxi in Colon, Panama

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Is it safe to take a taxi in Colon, Panama

I am planning to travel by bus, and I would like to know if the terminal bus and taxis at Colon are safe to take? Thanks

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1. Re: Is it safe to take a taxi in Colon, Panama

Colón is not a particularly safe city. I'm not familiar with the bus or the bus terminal. I do think that you'll be reasonably safe while you're in a taxi -- as long as you keep the windows rolled up. The question is, where are you going to be when you get out of the taxi? Make sure the taxi takes you directly to where you want to go, and definitely do not walk around on your own.

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2. Re: Is it safe to take a taxi in Colon, Panama

Good Evening Juanca72:

Yes Juanca72, it is safe to take an Express Bus from Panama to Colon and also safe to take taxi at the bus terminal in Colon to take you to your destination.

Regards, Roberto

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3. Re: Is it safe to take a taxi in Colon, Panama

As GB says - a lot depends on where you want to go after you arrive and also what time of day it is.

I drop my staff off at the bus terminal between 9:30 and 10pm some nights when our driver is off and it's not the nicest area in Panama to be wandering about at that time of day.

I go all over Colon during the day picking up things for the hotel/restaurant and don't feel uncomfortable but then I know where I am going, I am in my own vehicle and I speak Spanish.

The buses from Panama City to Colon are fine - do take the express as the other buses stop at every little town in between and don't take the toll highway.

Another option if the timing is right is to take the train over (7:15am Monday to Friday except holidays) - great trip and there's always taxis waiting when you get off the train.

Hope this helps,


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4. Re: Is it safe to take a taxi in Colon, Panama

Yes-yes..I heard the TRAIN ride was a lovely way to get there. I plan to do this when we go this July.

I also want to travel the journey to Bocas.

I already know it is a smaller plane ride and then a boat, and it is RAINY season, but water is not a problem, or the "getting there" part. Some of the best places are worth the effort.

They have lovely bed and breakfasts there, and I already found the prrfect place when we go for a few days~

Thanks for the TRAIN advice~

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