Tica Bus, Cross Border, Central America Bus
The Tica Bus is a Cross-Border, first-class bus serving Central America

Beyond Panama City, South

Beyond Panama south there is no reliable road into Columbia. The road becomes impassible during the rainy season and dangerous at other times.  
  • Darien Gap
Some 4wd  vehicles make the passage through the Darien Gap but otherwise there is no passenger service.
Air from Panama City or one of the many small boats offering service to Colombia are the best ways to reach South America from Panama.

Tica Bus, Central America Bus Shedule, Bus Fares

Tica Cross-Border Bus

For independent travelers through Southern Mexico to Central America,  as far south as Panama City,  this is a bus option that takes some of the anxiety out of finding the next bus.
This system, called Tica Bus, stands for
Tansportes Internacionales Centroamericanos:

Schedule of  Extended City Stops

The above mentioned trip leaves Tapachula in Chiapas State, Mexico and goes through Guatemala to El Salvador where it stops for the night.

Managua Nicaragua

The bus then goes to Managua and stops for the overnight. The bus then makes a day and overnight trip to Panama City.

    Tica Bus Schedule, Departure times

The time schedule of departures from each city for the trip South from Tapachula in Chiapas, Mexico to Panama City, Panama  is listed below.
  • Tapachula Chiapas
Leave Tapachula at 7:00 am, arrive at Guatemala at 12:00 noon.
  • Guatemala City, 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.
  • Managua, 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.

Tica Bus Passengers Can visit Cities with Extended Stops

Passengers can stop for extended stays in the terminal cities, the ticket is still honored but the passenger must make a reservation and reserve a seat to continue.
  • Passenger Costs
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.
Tica runs a total of 38 air-conditioned, 54-passenger buses.

Tica Buses  service between Central and Mexico offers reclining seats, lavatory, window curtains, and TV movies.

Bus Fares and Details

Tica Bus Service  2015 ticket price for a trip from Tapachula in Chiapas Mexico to Panama City Panama in Central America is $362 USD, RT(see price schedule below).
  • Booking
Email the reservation and Pay for tickets on pickup in US Dollars, travelers checks, or the currency of the country only. 
Credit card sales are online for advanced purchase.  See details and Tica Email info .
Tica Central America Bus Service to Panama City from Tapachula Chiapas runs 38 air-conditioned buses that cross the borders. See Schedule and Fares
Tica Bus, Central America Bus Service, Tapachula Chiapas to Panama City

Tica Bus Ticket Prices

Ticket Price 2015
The 2015 ticket price for a trip from Tapachula in Chiapas Mexico to Panama City Panama in Central America is $362. USD round trip, paid in US Dollars, travelers checks, or the currency of the country only. Credit cards accepted for advanced sales online.  See Info .
Make reservation ahead via email and then Pay and Pick up tickets at the station.
Buy Tica Bus tickets to Guatemala through ADO Bus at the
Tapachula OCC Bus station.

Terminal Tapachula, Tica Bus Location     

Oriente and 3rd North
Colonial Centro CP 30700,  Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico

The same bus terminal used by OCC Bus  
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Tica Website

The Tica website does not function well as of July 2014 nor are the telephones in order. 
Buying tickets online or in advance is difficult except at the Tapachula OCC Bus terminal for buses leaving Tapachula Chiapas Mexico and headed for Panama. 

Use the Tica email to order Tickets

Use this link for advanced booking of Tica Bus info and email

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