To Pamana City, Panama

Beyond Panama to the south there is no reliable road.   This area, called the Darien Gap, is impassible during the rainy season and dangerous any time of the year and only a few 4wd vehicles make the passage.  Otherwise airline or boat is the only way to reach South America from Panama.

Tica Bus, Cross-Border Central America Bus Service

  Central America Bus Travel

The Tica Bus is a cross-border bus that runs bus routes through Central America with first class buses.

  Bus Cross Borders

For independent travelers who want to go 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 borders. The Tica Bus system stands for Tansportes Internacionales Centroamericanos:
Tica Buses run from Tapachula Chiapas, Mexico to Panama City, Panama.

  • Tica Bus Route
The above mentioned trip leaves Tapachula in Chiapas Mexico and goes through Guatemala to El Salvador where it stops for the night. The bus then goes to Managua and stops for the overnight. The bus then makes a day and overnight trip to Panama.
Tthe OCC Bus Terminal in Tapachula will sell tickets for Tica Bus routes.

    Bus Routes Through Central America

This is the schedule for a trip South from Tapachula in Chiapas, Mexico.
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 at 4 in the afternoon the following day.

Extended Stops For Passengers

Passengers can stop for extended stays in the terminal cities in Central America, the ticket is still honored.  The passenger must,  however,  make a reservation and reserve a seat to continue. Passengers pay additional for their lodging and food. Other expenses that are the passenger’s responsibility would be the visa and each country’s customs charge.

Tica runs 38, air-conditioned, 54-passenger buses that have reclining seats, restrooms, window curtains, TV and video.

Tica Buses  serve Central America between Mexico and Panama. Buses have reclining seats, lavatory, window curtains, TV and video.

Ticket Prices, Cross-Border Tica Bus

See below ticket price for the bus routes from Tapachula in Chiapas Mexico to Panama City Panama in Central America.  Pay at the terminal in US Dollars, travelers checks, or the currency of the country See this page for credit card advanced sales 

Tica Bus Central America Bus Service, cross-border buses
Tica Bus runs cross-border bus routes  through Central America from Mexico to Panama.  
Tica Bus crosses Borders and makes the trip safer and simpler. You stay on the same bus throughout your trip if you choose.
See link for Tica Bus
Schedule and Fares Below
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 Credit cards accepted for online, advanced sales   See Link.
Make reservation
via email and pay when arriving at the terminal.
The Tica website lacks function but you can order tickets via email or buy tickets on Tica Bus at 
Tapachula's OCC Bus Station.

  Tica Bus Terminal Chiapas

Oriente and 3rd North, Colonial Centro CP 30700,  Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
Cristobal Colon Station, The same bus terminal used by OCC Bus     Tickets  OCC Bus terminal Tapachula sells Tica Bus Tickets for trips to Guatemala from Tapachula

Tica Bus is a Central America Bus Service that crosses borders.
Use this link for advanced Tica Bus Ticket purchase
Sales info and email

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