A Travel Price Comparison for Panama Pedasi vs. Panama City for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pedasi or Panama City?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Pedasi or Panama City, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Pedasi or Panama City?


Pedasi is in the Los Santos province of the Pacific West region of Panama. It's on the edge of the Azuero Peninsula and has a population of just over 2000 people. The town is predominantly a fishing village and is set on a beautiful, rocky coastline, making it a dramatic place to visit. The town is small, but you'll find a few restaurants around town that are worth eating at. The area is well known for having some great carnivals and most travelers visit with the plan to enjoy some sport fishing, diving, snorkeling, or surfing. There are also some great national parks and preserves nearby.

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 Budget Tours to Panama, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Panama City, The Best 2-Week Tours from Panama City, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Panama.

Which place is cheaper, Panama City or Pedasi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Pedasi is $38, while the average daily cost in Panama City is $87. 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 Pedasi and Panama City in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pedasi $13
    Panama City $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pedasi $26
    Panama City $70
Compare Hotels in Pedasi and Panama City

Looking for a hotel in Pedasi 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 Pedasi

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: Panama City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pedasi $5.46
    Panama City $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Panama City

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

  • Embera Indian Village Tour w/ Airport Transfer: $290
  • Panama Tocumen Airport (PTY): Private Transfer to Coronado: $268
  • Transfer to Panama City, Hotel and City tour - 1 night: $266
  • Panama Tocumen Airport (PTY): Transfer to Decameron hotels: $264
  • Round trip transfer in private Car from Tocumen Airport to Playa Blanca-Farallon: $240
  • Half-Day City & Canal Tour w/ Airport Transfer: $215
  • Private Transfer from PTY to Playa Blanca resorts: $206
  • Private Transfer from Panama Tocumen Airport (PTY) to Playa Blanca resorts : $206
  • Transfer in private minivan from Panama Tocumen Airport to Playa Blanca-Farallon: $160
  • Skip the Line: Miraflores Visitor Center Ticket with Transfer: $155
  • Private Transfer from Panama Airport (PTY) to Colón Resorts: $137
  • Private Transfer from Panama Tocumen Airport (PTY) to Colón resorts: $137

Is it cheaper to fly into Pedasi or Panama City?

Prices for flights to both Panama City and Pedasi 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
    Pedasi $18
    Panama City $21

Typical Food Prices in Panama City

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

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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:

  • Panama Evening Food Tour: $60
  • Panama: 10-Recipe Boozy Panamanian Cooking Class + Dinner: $85
  • 10-Recipe Boozy Panamanian Cooking Class : $85
  • The 'Real' Panamanian Private Food Tour: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pedasi -
    Panama City $66

Tours and Activities in Panama City

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

  • Canopy-ziplining Adventures in Anton Valley: $195
  • City Tour y Canal de Panamá: $35
  • #1 Walking Tour in Casco Viejo, Panama Canal Museum & Lunch : $77
  • "Bridge of the Americas Stand-Up Paddle Private 2 hours Tour " : $100
  • 1- or 2-Night Experience in San Blas Islands: $260
  • 2 Hours Private Luxury Tour in a Convertible Car in Panama City: $255
  • 2 Hours Tour to Panama La Vieja for Groups: $170
  • 2-Day San Blas Adventure from Panama City: $270
  • 3 Hours Private Photo Tour in Casco Antiguo: $90
  • 3-Hour Private Tour in Panama La Vieja: $45
  • 4-Hour Gatun Lake Boat Tour and Jungle Wildlife: $99
  • 5-Hour Tour in Agua Clara New Locks: $100

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pedasi $2.88
    Panama City $18

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pedasi and Panama City, we can see that Panama City is more expensive. And not only is Pedasi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Pedasi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Pedasi 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 Panama City would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Panama City than you might in Pedasi.

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

Which is Bigger, Pedasi or Panama City?

Panama City has a larger population, and is about 260 times larger than the population of Pedasi. When comparing the sizes of Pedasi 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.