I live in Panama City so I don’t need a car. Cars are very expensive, as far as I am concerned. I also don’t like to have to hassle the traffic. I have a taxi driver here. He takes me around.
There are subways in Panama City. The first subway line is in place and the second is about to begin construction. The third one is in the planning stages and that will have an even greater impact. The last time I took the subway, it was 35 cents. I think they plan to raise it to 65 cents now.
We have Uber, which is a private taxi service. It is very popular in Europe and North America. They are like taxis, only more expensive and they come specifically for you.
I walk a lot. I enjoy walking. I don’t live far away from the supermarket, movie theaters, and restaurants. I can go to most places on foot. When I can’t, I just take a cab. It costs me US $1 or $2 to go to the places I’m interested in.
People often have cars in Panama City, but like any city in the world, they have to find parking and battle urban traffic at rush hour. If you don’t mind that, fine.
If you’re in the countryside, you need a car. When I go to the country, I go with friends who are headed that way. A lot of people take the bus.
The buses are fine. They just take a little longer to get to where you are going but many Americans and Canadians have gotten into the habit of using buses here when they don’t have cars.
Panama is a small country. You can get to anywhere in the country in only 6 or 7 hours. Once in awhile, I wish I had my own car but that’s very rare. It only happens once every two or four months and I just deal with it.