Bocas del Toro is easily accessed as follows:
Buses from Panama City leave in the evening between 7pm and 8pm from the Albrook bus terminal, and the journey takes about 10 hours to Almirante. From there, you will have to take a water taxi to the main island, which takes another 30 minutes and costs $6 per person. You’ll be arriving to Almirante at around 7.00 am. Tickets have to be purchased on the same day you travel at the Albrook Bus terminal ($30). The buses are ice cold at night, so make sure to wear a sweater and trousers.
If you prefer to travel during the day, you can catch a ride to David first (7 to 8 hours drive) leaving from the same bus terminal, and from David take a smaller bus to Almirante (4-4.5 hours). Busses to David leave every hour. Make sure to leave no later than 2pm from David however, as the last water taxi from Almirante to the island leaves at 6pm. It’s recommended to catch a bus from Panama City at no later than 7.00am if you want to go this route.
One of the most popular places to visit outside of Bocas del Toro is the highlands of Chiriquí, places like Boquete, Volcán and Cerro Punta are excellent places to discover and also very easy to access from Bocas del Toro thanks to shuttle services that run between Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro. There are two options available for shuttle Boquete to Bocas del Toro and vice versa.
Hello Travel Panama offers private shuttle services for the moment between Boquete and Bocas del Toro. The service has a max of 8 persons and costs about $200, reservations are necessary. Contact their office by visiting their website or via WhatsApp: +507 6771-0170
Panamá Adventours offers private shuttle services as well as daily shuttle services and private transportation in smaller vehicles. They offer daily shuttle services to both Boquete and David, Chiriqui at around $35/ per person. If you have a small group of friends you can rent their private shuttle service or even an SUV for a smaller and personal experience. You can also contact their office via WhatsApp: +507 6879-5506