For independent travelers through Southern Mexico to Central America as far south as Panama City there is a bus option that takes some of the anxiety out of crossing the many borders and finding the next bus. This system is called the Tica bus for short and stands for Tansportes Internacionales Centroamericanos:
  • Tica Bus Reservations
Make reservation via email and pay when arriving at the terminal. Cash only, local currency,  no credit cards.
  • Tica Bus Route, Tapachula to Panama City
The above mentioned trip leaves 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.
Central America Bus Travel, Crossing Borders on The Tica Bus,   Luxury Seating at a Backpackers Price

Bus Central America, Border Crossing Made Easy, Tica Bus

Mexico to Panama Central America is $356. USD  Round trip
The 2014 ticket price for a trip from Tapachula in Chiapas Mexico to Panama City Panama in Central America is $356. USD round trip, paid in US Dollars, travelers checks, or the currency of the country only, Credit cards accepted only for online sales of advanced tickets  See this page for email and credit card information
.  Buy tickets for trips south from Tapachula, Chiapas through ADO Bus in Oaxaca City or OCC Bus in Tapachula, Chiapas.
Bus service through Central America and crossing the many borders can
be made simpler and safer by the Tica Bus.
The line runs a total of 38, air-conditioned buses that have reclining seats,
restrooms, window curtains, TV , video.
  • Chiapas
Buses leave from the terminal in Tapachula Chiapas at 7 am and cross the border into Guatemala. Arrive Guatemala City 12 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 at 4 in the afternoon the following day.
  • Arrive Panama City
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.
  • Expenses
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, (bring sweater) 54-passenger buses that have reclining seats, restrooms, window curtains, TV ( Earplugs)  movies.
To Bus Central America, border crossings are  made easy by the Tica Bus.  See below for the 2014 ticket price and schedule for a trip from Tapachula in Chiapas Mexico to Panama City Panama in Central America, round trip.
Tica Bus Fares
Central America Bus
Tica Bus Schedule
Tica Bus Routes
Tica Bus, Central America
Bus Tapachula Panama City
Bus Central America, Crossing Borders Made Easier: Tica Bus
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Beyond Panama south there is no reliable road. The road turns to dirt track and becomes impassible during the rainy season and dangerous any time.  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.
Link to advanced Tica Bus Ticket buying
info and email
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