Many travelers look at Panama City as merely a gateway to other parts of Panama. Whether you’re off to explore Bocas del Toro, Boquete, or the San Blas Islands, there’s a good chance you’ll land in Panama City before you take off on another flight or bus to your final destination.
However, I highly recommend allowing yourself a few days in Panama City, rather than booking it across town to Albrook Station, where the domestic flights and buses depart from.
Even if you just reserve one day at the beginning of your trip and one at the end — assuming you arrive and depart through PTY — you will not regret taking the time to explore this amazing city. During my 11-day language learning vacation in Panama, I spent three days in Panama City, and I could have easily spent more!