Most people drive to Playa Venao, so transportation options are still somewhat limited. But here are some ways you can get around!
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Most taxis operate out of Pedasi, but are contactable by phone. If you’re leaving from Venao, cabs frequently charge you extra for pick-up as they are based out of Pedasi.
- Pedasi-Venao ($15-20)
- Las Tablas-Venao ($35-45)
- Las Tablas-Pedasi ($20-30)
- Venao – Chitre Airport ($50-65)
Between Venao and Pedasi, local buses run three times daily. Apart from these are privately-operated shuttles with Selina hostels.
Worth noting that the transport system can be very unreliable. Sometimes the bus breaks down, sometimes it leaves early or very late.
Book the Selina shuttle in advace as it may not depart if it doesn’t have enough passengers, especially in the low season.
Access to other cities:
- Access to Las Tablas is much easier from Pedasi, as a shuttle bus runs all day in 30-45 minute frequencies.
- Access to Chitre requires a transfer from Las Tablas.
- Access to Panama City is best from Las Tablas or Chitre.
Pedasi Bus Stop
Piquera de Buses
Located behind Supermercado El Pueblo
(the central supermarket next to the big PEDASI sign, Mayor’s office, post office, Bakery, etc).
Pedasi – Las Tablas:
Buses run every 30-45 minutes. $2.40 fare
* Leaves Pedasi between the hours, 5:30am – 4:30pm.
* Leaves Las Tablas between the hours, 5am – 6pm.
* Note: Arrive 15-30 mins early for the first bus as it gets packed!
Pedasi – Venao:
Buses run 3x daily. $2 fare
* Leaves Pedasi at 7am, 12pm, 2pm.
* Leaves Venao at 7:15am, 9:15am, 3:15pm.
The drive from Venao – Pedasi is approx 20-25 mins. Still the fastest way to get around is by car.
Since the Pedasi branch closed down recently, the closest place to rent a car would be in Chitre. The easiest place to do it is at the airport especially if you fly in.
Believe it or not, hitchhiking is pretty common and considered safe around these areas! Flag down a car or truck and tell the driver where you’re going, and he/she can either take you part or the entire way.
Be careful what car you flag down as the roads between Pedasi and Venao can be gnarly depending on season! It ranges from slightly bumpy to large-scale potholes. The can be unbearable (and very unsafe) riding on the back of a cattle truck, for example.