The government announced today that the cost to use the Panama Metro will be .35 cents a ride (.70 round trip) and charges will begin on June 15, 2014.

The Metro was inaugurated on April 5 and since it’s opening it has been completely free for users to ride. President Martinelli had assured users that the cost of the Metro would not be more than $1. Most people that were surveyed thought the price would be .75 cents or $1 so some people are pleased with today’s announcement while others are skeptical. The price is fairly in line with Metro costs in the rest of Latin America.

Cost comparison of a Metro ride in Latin America in U.S. dollars at today’s exchange rate:

  • S£o Paulo, Brazil: $1.36 (R$3)
  • Santiago, Chile: $1.23 ($680 CLP)
  • Medellin, Colombia: $.81 ($1,560 COP)
  • Lima, Peru: $.54 (S/.1.5)
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: $.46 (RD$20)
  • Mexico City, Mexico: $.39 ($5 MXN)
  • Panama City, Panama: $.35
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: $.31 ($2.50 ARS)
  • Caracas, Venezuela: $.24 (Bs1.50)

The first line of the Panama Metro includes 19 trains each with 3 cars and 15 stations going from Albrook to Los Andes (being extended to San Isidro this year). Operating hours are 5:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 7:00 am to 10:00 pm on Sundays . Line two is planned to go from Multiplaza to 24 de Diciembre with a connection point to line one.

What do you think of the announced Metro price? Leave a comment below…

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4 Comments

  1. I mean, For ME. it would be really nice to pay only a nickel. But, when it comes to the real price. How much will the government really needs to pay for it. That's the real concern.

  2. Chris Gregory Reply

    I completely agree. I was expecting the metro to be around $1 to $1.50.

  3. Joey Fallas Reply

    The outgoing President Martinelli set this price as a set-up for problems for the the President Elect Varela. The price of the fare at $0.35 is not a viable or sustainable fare. The next administration will have to raise the price to ensure the proper operation and maintenance of the system. Then when Varela or the administrator is forced to raise the price, the people will protest. This was done by Martinelli as a vindictive move. If the Cambio Demorcratico party with Jose Domingo Arias had won the election the fare would have been well over that price.

  4. Shelly McCullough Reply

    Wow! That price is fantastic. They will definitely keep up ridership now.

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