A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Adelaide vs. Panama City for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Adelaide or Panama City?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Adelaide and Panama City can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Adelaide or Panama City?


Adelaide is the often overlooked capital city of the State of South Australia. It's also the fifth largest city in the country. Despite being skipped by most travelers, Adelaide is an interesting city to explore and has a decent amount to offer open minded travelers. It has some fascinating architecture, unique shopping, and wonderful cafes and restaurants. Part of the appeal of Adelaide is its location in the midst of Australia's wine regions, including McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley. Any of these destinations could be visited as a day trip from Adelaide.

Panama City

Panama City is the cosmopolitan capital city of the country of Panama. With a population of almost 900,000 and almost 1.5 million in the metropolitan area, it's a very diverse city with expat residents from all over the world. You don't have to search far to find someone who speaks English, and many Panamanians are quite helpful and friendly.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Eco Tours in Australia, The Best Coach Bus Tours in Australia, The Best 2-Week Tours from Panama City, and The Best Adventure Tours to Panama.

Which place is cheaper, Panama City or Adelaide?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Adelaide is $111, while the average daily cost in Panama City is $86. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Adelaide and Panama City in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Adelaide $66
    Panama City $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Adelaide $132
    Panama City $70
Compare Hotels in Adelaide and Panama City

Looking for a hotel in Adelaide or Panama City? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Adelaide

Hotels in Panama City

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Adelaide Hotel Prices and Panama City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Adelaide $19
    Panama City $11
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Adelaide

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Adelaide are as follows:

  • Shuttle from the Train Station

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Adelaide

Also for Adelaide, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Full-Day Private City Tour with Hotel Transfers: $498
  • Adelaide Airport (ADL): Private Transfer to Adelaide Port: $252
  • Adelaide Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Adelaide city: $252
  • Adelaide Airport (ADL): Private Transfer to Adelaide hotels: $218
  • ADL Airport Private Transfer to Downtown: $119
  • Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Luxury Car: $106
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Adelaide Airport ADL to Adelaide in Luxury Van: $92
  • Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Luxury Van: $92
  • Adelaide Airport (ADL) to Adelaide - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $77
  • Private One way Transfer from Adelaide Airport(ADL) to Adelaide: $39
  • Adelaide Airport(ADL)to Adelaide city - Arrival Private Transfer: $38
  • Adelaide to Adelaide Airport (ADL) - Departure Private Transfer : $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Panama City

Also for Panama City, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfers from PTY Airport to Playa Bonita or Gamboa and Back: $33
  • Transfer service to Riu Playa and hotels in Playa Blanca.: $75
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Panama City - Panama Tocumen Airport (PTY): $15
  • Transfer from Tocumen Airport to Colon Cruise Port: $67
  • Transfer from Playa Bonita or Gamboa to PTY Airport: $35
  • Transfer from Panama City Hotel to Tocumen Airport: $23
  • Transfer from PTY Airport or Panama City to Cruise Terminal: $30
  • Transfer Tocumen Airport to Panama City Hotels.: $25
  • Transfer Amador Cruise Terminal - Tocumen Airport: $45
  • Transfer Airport to Hotel Westin Playa Bonita or Dreams Playa Bonita: $30
  • Transfer Airport or Hotel To Playa Venao Panama or vice versa: $260
  • Transfer Airport - City / Min 2 pax: $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Adelaide or Panama City?

Prices for flights to both Panama City and Adelaide change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Adelaide $31
    Panama City $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Adelaide

For Adelaide, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • HandleBar Bike Tour with Pub Stops & Dinner Option: $30
  • Local Food Tour and Tastings with Guide: $79
  • Small-Group River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Tour with Dinner: $197
  • Pipi Catching and Cooking Experience in Goolwa : $237

Typical Food Prices in Panama City

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Panama City:

  • Sandwich

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Panama City

For Panama City, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Panamanian Dinner and Folkloric Show Ticket with Pickup: $60
  • Panama Evening Food Tour: $60
  • 4-Hour Guided Panamanian Cooking Class and Markets Experience: $85
  • 10-Recipe Boozy Panamanian Cooking Class : $85
  • Panama: 10-Recipe Boozy Panamanian Cooking Class + Dinner: $85
  • The 'Real' Panamanian Private Food Tour: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Adelaide $14
    Panama City $66

Tours and Activities in Adelaide

For Adelaide, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2h Wine Experience, Vineyard walk, 6 wines, charcuterie board: $60
  • 3 Hour Sailing Adventure on Brindabella: $122
  • 3-Day Yorkes Peninsula Coastal Wilderness Tour from Adelaide: $1,856
  • 5-Day Flinders Ranges & Outback Eco Tour from Adelaide: $2,188
  • 90 Minute Port River Dolphin & Ships Graveyard Cruise: $60
  • 90-Minute Maritime and Dolphins Cruise in Port Adelaide: $60
  • Abseiling Adventure in Adelaide: $101
  • Adelaide Central Market Tour with Lunch: $123
  • Adelaide Central Markets: Food Walking Tour: $46
  • Adelaide City Highlights Tour: $57
  • Adelaide City Highlights Tour: $53
  • Adelaide City to Sea Bike Tour: $114

Tours and Activities in Panama City

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Panama City.

  • City Tour y Canal de Panamá: $35
  • #1 Walking Tour in Casco Viejo, Panama Canal Museum & Lunch : $77
  • "Panama Tour: Canal, Old Town, Amador, and Americas Lookout": $145
  • 1- or 2-Night Experience in San Blas Islands: $260
  • 2 Hours Tour to Panama La Vieja for Groups: $170
  • 2-Day San Blas Adventure from Panama City: $270
  • 3 Hour Airport Tour from Tocumen: $125
  • 3-Hour Private Tour in Panama La Vieja: $45
  • 4-hour tour in Panama: $75
  • 5 Hours Tour to Monkey Island Embera community Gamboa Panama: $165
  • 6-Hour Culture and Nature Tour in Embera Tribe: $125
  • 6-Hour Panama Canal Ship Cruise: $250

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Adelaide $23
    Panama City $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Adelaide

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Adelaide:

  • Private Pinot Noir Wine Tasting & Platter in Adelaide Hills: $31
  • River Torrens Desserts And Wine Tour: $43
  • McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting Tour: $52
  • McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon): $54
  • Highlights, Hahndorf, & McLaren Vale Wine Tastings: $79
  • Adelaide Highlights, Hahndorf & McLaren Vale Wine Tasting and Sightseeing Tour: $81
  • From Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour: $101
  • The Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch: $112
  • From Barossa Valley Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour: $112
  • Barossa Valley Full-Day Wine Tasting & Maggie Beers Farm Join Us: $115
  • Barossa: Wine Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $115
  • Barossa Valley Wine Tours - Small Private Groups : $128

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Adelaide and Panama City, we can see that Adelaide is more expensive. And not only is Panama City much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Adelaide is in Pacific and Panama City is in Central America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Panama City would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Panama City and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Adelaide would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Adelaide than you might in Panama City.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Adelaide Expensive? and Is Panama City Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Adelaide or Panama City?

Adelaide has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Panama City. When comparing the sizes of Adelaide and Panama City, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.