Bus Central America: Tica Bus, Chiapas to Panama City

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 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 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.
South America Travel,  Central America Bus Travel, Tica Bus, Chiapas to Panama
by the Tica Bus.
The line runs a total of 38 air-conditioned buses that have reclining seats, restrooms, window curtains, TV and video.

Leave Guatemala at 1:00 p.m., arrive at El Salvador approximately at 5:00 p.m.

El Salvador at 5:00 a.m., arrive at Nicaragua approximately
at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Leave Costa Rica at 10:00 p.m. on the same day and arrive at
Panama 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 Logo
To travel to South America by Bus take first the tica bus to Panama city .  From there boat to Columbia.
Tapachula Chiapas to Panama City. No roads south of the Darien Gap make a boat or plane trip necessary.
Tica Bus Fares Below

  • Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico to  Guatemala  Economy One Way $19.00   Round trip $38.00
  • Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico to El Salvador:  Economy  $37.00 One Way,    $74.00  Round Trip
  • Tapachula to Nicaragua  Econ.  $67.00,   $120.00 RT     Executive   $85.00,   $170.00
  • Tapachula to Costa Rica Econ. $92.00    $184.00  RT     Exec.          $97.00,   $194.00
  • Tapachula to Panama      Econ  $127.00  $254.00  RT     Exec.          $142.00  $284.00
  • Tapachula  to Tegucigalpa, Honduras     Economy Only   $52.00     $104.00 RT
Fares are approximate as of January 2012 and do change without notice
Tica Bus Fares
Central America Bus
Tica Bus Schedule
Tica Bus Routes
Tica Bus, Central America
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