The cheapest times to fly from PTY to SJC are

  • January 22nd to February 11th
  • February 26th to March 11th
  • April 9th to May 6th
  • August 6th to November 25th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from PTY to SJC is late September. Prices can be as high as $1908 for Sunday flights during early January, or as low as $561 for Tuesday flights around late September.


When to Fly to San Jose

Flying from Panama City (PTY) to San Jose, CA (SJC) will usually cost between $563 to $1104 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late September with an average ticket price of $563. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $1229. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $666 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $684 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PTY to SJC flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the PTY to SJC route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

PTY to SJC Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PTY to SJC flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Panama City. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $193 (22%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $642. Return trip prices are from the SJC to PTY flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from PTY to SJC can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 6 hour 54 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from PTY to SJC while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in Sacramento, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from SJC
  • Usually 12.57% less expensive than SJC
  • 1-layover flights available

See PTY to SMF flights

Destination alternative #2: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, CA

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SJC
  • Usually 3.73% less expensive than SJC
  • Nonstop flights available

See PTY to SFO flights


Flight Hacking PTY to SJC

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from PTY to SJC — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Miami, FL (PTY > MIA > SJC)

  • Price for both tickets: $671
  • Average savings: $13 (1.86%)

See PTY to flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from PTY to SJC? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska, American, COPA, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to Tocumen International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3290 miles or 5295 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from PTY to SJC?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PTY to SJC flight is about 6 hour 54 minutes.

How many flights go between Panama City and San Jose, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 14 available flights from PTY to SJC.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codePTY
Origination airport nameTocumen International Airport
CityPanama City

Return Airport

Destination codeSJC
Destination airport nameNorman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
CitySan Jose, CA
Countrythe United States


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