I fly into Panama City on the afternoon of Friday November 15 and need to be in Colon the next day by like 2pm for a 7 day cruise.
Sadly and for some unknown but stupid reason, the train that runs between the two cities and along the Canal only runs Monday-Friday. I checked with three different tour operators and they all told me the same thing.
So. Since paying $120 for a "transfer" seems a little excessive, what other options are there? Any evening cruises down the Canal? Any good (ie reliable) bus routes? Other suggestions? Can't seem to find flights between the two cities either (seems odd...).
I will be making the return trip to Panama City on Sunday the 24th of November, and any help or suggestions are very much appreciated!
There are no flights because Colon is a backwater port and very poor. If I were you, I'd repeat the question on the Panama section of Tripadvisor Forums.
I found the following on Virtualtourist:
Panama City/Colon Bus Service
Because of problems with train schedules (see separate tip), I took the bus from Panama City to Colon and return. The service departs hourly from the main (Albrook) bus terminal in Panama City and the main terminal in Colon and takes about two hours. The Greyhound-style buses were older models and could be a bit cleaner, but the service was a big step up from the school buses that provide most of Panama's bus service, and the air conditioning worked. The biggest drawback was the very loud action movies that played continuously on the overhead monitors. The body count must have approached a thousand during each two hour trip. Unless your taste runs to blood and gore, bring ear plugs and something to read.