For Costa Rica Vacation,  

Travel to Nicaragua or through-travel to South America via Panama City,  Bus Central America on Tica Bus, Chiapas to Panama City.  
For budget travelers and backpacking travelers  through Southern Mexico to Central America or for those on a luxury bus trip to a Costa Rica Vacation, a Guatemalan ruins trip, or a trip as far south as Panama City, there is a bus option that takes some of the anxiety out of crossing borders and finding the next bus. This system is called the Tica Bus for short and stands for Tansportes Internacionales Centroamericanos:

The 2012 ticket price for a trip from Tapachula in Chiapas Mexico to Panama City Panama in Central America is $254. USD round trip, paid in US Dollars, travelers checks, or the currency of the country only, no checks or credit cards accepted.

Make reservation via email and pay when arriving at the terminal.

The above mentioned trip leaves
Tapachula Chiapas Mexico and goes through Guatemala to El Salvador where it stops for the night. It then goes to Managua and stops for the overnight. The bus then makes a day and overnight trip to Panama.
Trips to
Costa Rica via executive service available.

Central America Travel Schedule

The Tica Bus  Luxury Seating at a Backpackers Price

Central America Travel,  Tica Bus, Cross Border Chiapas to Panama

Beyond Panama south there is no reliable road.  During the rainy season the roads are flooded and at other times dangerous.  The roads turn to dirt track and only a few 4wd vehicles make the passage through the Darien Gap. Otherwise air or boat is the only way to reach south America from Panama.
Bus service through Central America can be made simpler and safer by the Tica Bus.

Ticas Bus  runs a total of 38 air-conditioned buses that have reclining seats, restrooms, window curtains, TV, and video.
  • Tapachula Chiapas to Panama City     $254 USD.


Leave Tapachula at 7:00 am, arrive at Guatemala at 12:00 noon.
  • Guatemala
Leave Guatemala at 1:00 p.m, arrive at El Salvador approximately at 5:00 p.m.
  • El Salvador
Leave El Salvador at 5:00 a.m, arrive at Nicaragua approximately
at 5:00 p.m.
  • Nicaragua
Leave Nicaragua at 6:00 a.m, and 12:00 noon, arrive at Costa Rica approximately at 4:00 p.m.  5:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m.
  • Costa Rica
Leave Costa Rica at 10:00 p.m  on the same day and arrive at Panama City at 4 in the afternoon the following day.

Passengers can stop for extended stays in the terminal cities, the ticket is still honored, they must however make a reservation and reserve a seat to continue. Passengers pay additional for their hostel or hotel, and food. Other expenses that are the passenger’s responsibility would be the visa and each country’s customs charge which averages $7

Tica runs a total of 38 air-conditioned, 54-passenger buses that have reclining seats, restrooms, window curtains, TV and video.
Tica Bus
Tour Central America by bus and cruise through the several countries while remaining on the Tica Bus if you choose.  Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama City are major stops.  Travel from Tapachula Chiapas,  Mexico to Panama City  a budget travel price and enjoy safe and convenient, border crossing.

Fare Costa Rica from Tapachula

For Costa Rica Executive Class service from Tapachula to San Jose Costa Rica      $88.00,   one way, $176.00 round trip   see full Schedule

Take a Budget Travel Bus through Central America. Travel the Tica Bus from Tapachula Chiapas to Panama City, Panama.
The cross-border Tica Bus stops in hub cities for hotel stays.
See the bus fares and list of destinations below

Tica Bus Schedule and Fares

Tica Central America Bus Service page includes a 2013 Round Trip ticket price for a trip from Tapachula in Chiapas Mexico to Panama City, Panama, and fares to ther Central America Cities  Ticket paid in US Dollars, travelers checks, or the currency of the country
no checks or credit cards accepted.       See Fares Below

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