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David, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama

How much does it cost to travel to David?

You should plan to spend around $32 (B/.32) per day on your vacation in David. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $10 (B/.10) on meals
  • $12 (B/.12) on local transportation
  • $25 (B/.25) on hotels

A one week trip to David for two people costs, on average, $442 (B/.441). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to David cost?

A one week trip to David usually costs around $221 (B/.221) for one person and $442 (B/.441) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to David on average costs around $442 (B/.441) for one person and $885 (B/.882) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in David will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to David on average costs around $948 (B/.946) for one person and $1,896 (B/.1,891) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to David has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is David expensive to visit?

David is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Panama, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring David in depth.

Within Central America, David is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Central America for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as David.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is David Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to David?

The average David trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these David travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) B/.25 ($25)
Local Transportation 1 B/.12 ($12)
Food 2 B/.10 ($10)
Entertainment 1 B/.4.38 ($4)
Accommodation Budget in David
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in David is $12 (B/.12). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in David is $25 (B/.25). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in David

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in David based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $64. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in David
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in David is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 (B/.12) per person, per day, on local transportation in David.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to David
How much does it cost to go to David? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in David
The price of renting a car in David will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in David
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in David can vary, the average cost of food in David is $10 (B/.10) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in David should cost around $4.05 (B/.4.04) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in David is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in David
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in David typically cost an average of $4.39 (B/.4.38) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Water Budget in David
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.47 (B/.1.46) on bottled water in David per day. The public water in David is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

David On a Budget
In the Pacific West of Panama, David is the capital city of Chiriqui province. The city's population of almost 150,000 is among the wealthiest in the country. There is a well established middle class and unemployment remains low in the area. The area has grown rapidly in recent years with growing commercial and banking sectors. The city is well connected to the rest of the country by the Pan American Highway.

Chiriqui province continues to grow as a tourist destination, and David has expanded its tourist facilities to meet the growing demand. There are a range of hotels in the city including a couple of backpacker hostels.

The temperature in David stays relatively consistent throughout the year. Average highs in January and February are in the mid to high 90s Fahrenheit. Average highs in September, October, and November are in the high 80s Fahrenheit. The rainy season is from mid April through mid December and the dry season is from mid December through early April.
One enjoyable day trip from David is to visit the Los Pozos de Caldera hot springs. These hot springs can be reached by taking a Caldera bound bus from the David bus terminal. Just tell the driver you'd like to go to the hot springs and you'll be let off about an hour later. From there, its about a 2.5 kilometer walk on a paved road to the entrance.
Central David is laid out as a grid. The streets are numbered and easy to navigate. Most residential areas are in the outer parts of the city and are made up of detached single family homes. The population density of the city is relatively low. In the center of town, buildings are usually between two and five stories high.

The northern parts of the city are where the wealthiest neighborhoods are found. These areas also have commericial zones with many stores and restaurants.

The Chiriqui province continues to grow as a tourist destination and David is growing to meet these demands. The city's hotels are concentrated in the city center near the banking and business district. The city also has a couple of hostels where backpackers frequent.

In the middle of the city is Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Park. This area is a pleasant place to relax with a lot of shade as well as ice cream and handicraft vendors.

David has no shortage of activities for travelers. There are plenty of nightclubs, bars, and a couple of casinos if that's your style. If you're in the city in the early part of the year there are likely to be some festivities around town related to Carnavales. If you're more the outdoor, adventure sport type, then there are many places to explore within only an hour's drive of David.
Food and Dining
There are a variety of different dining options in David. If you're looking for cheap food, head to a Chobeca's Burgers, which is basically Panama's version of McDonalds. They don't offer burgers, however, but instead you'll find Panamanian food that's worth sampling at least once. There's a Chinese restaurant in town as well so if you're looking for something different head to Restaurante Chiriqui. You'll find plenty of other options around town as well so explore and try something new with each meal.

It's possible to fly to David from either Panama City or San Jose, Costa Rica. The bus ride from Panama City is about 7 hours and the buses usually stop in the city of Santiago on the way. It's also possible to travel to David from the Paso Canoas border with Costa Rica, as well as Boquete, and Almirante. If you're looking for a more comfortable transportation option and you have some money to spend, you can check out the Costa Rica Executive Transportation, which will offer luxury transportation between David and Costa Rica. They also provide airport transportation.

Once you're in the city, you can travel around David by bus. It's easy to pick up a bus at the terminal, as every bus route passes through there. You can catch a bus by waiting on the side of the road almost anywhere. Simply wave down the bus with the destination written on its window. If you're driving in David, make sure you proceed with caution and remain a defensive driver as traffic can be a bit crazy.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.