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This tour on the newly restored Panama Canal Railway, the western hemisphere's first transcontinental railroad, follows the east bank of the canal that offers excellent views of the waterway and rainforests along its shoreline.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought it would be cool to travel on the historic railway...not so much. It was a crowded train ride and ended near the dump in Colon. Skip it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank horsebackbeachlover
Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant train rice, perfect for kids. It's somewhat disorganized and many employees are rude. It does bring you to Colon, but no idea why you would want to go there! It's nice if you go as a family.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank damg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The doors open and crowd runs up to counter. No line formed and if you pay with cash you get in faster so take cash. Then everyone runs to train and first ones get to get into observation car. I sat in the car with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bettyIllinois
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The train doesn't actually pull the ship through the locks but, in fact, guides it to keep it straight so as not to hit the walls of the canal.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SCCLane
Reviewed December 17, 2018

Great train ride from the Atlantic to the Pacific cutting through the isthmus! So much history here (read up about it before you go) and lovely scenery en route, appreciated especially when riding in the dome car. A meal is included!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Elaine H
Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

Took the train from Panama City to Colon. Purchased my ticket directly at the local train station. USD 25/ one-way. Train leaves at 7:15am, station opens at 6:30h. It only rides Mo-Fr. For the return tickets are sold directly on the train. Cash only! Very...More

1  Thank Rolf283
Reviewed November 29, 2018

Great time. traveled from colon to Panama City. Very friendly staff, well priced food and drink, a great view of canal.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank 222tracker
Reviewed November 15, 2018

Another way to see the Panama canal. Try to sit in the dome car on the left side of the train to best views . The whole trip from Panama city to Colon takes about 90 minutes.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rose_Inger
Reviewed November 6, 2018

It was still dark out when we arrived, but the office was fast and efficient, we boarded with excellent seats in the observation car. We were given beverages and snacks and headed out on time for a very pleasant ride. At the terminus we took...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sidcaver
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Great trip from Panama City to Colon to see the newer Locks. The train is very clean, with great staff and service. Take a light jacket for the train.

Date of experience: October 2018
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fillmyboots
September 29, 2016|
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Response from Capo_in_B | Reviewed this property |
Hey Fillmyboots, if I was on a balcony of cruise ship through the canal, I would skip the Panama City Railway. You will be right in the heart of the best parts. The railway goes in and out and really does not go by the... More
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bubbles911
July 19, 2016|
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Response from MaruyEnrique | Reviewed this property |
The train departs early morning (7 something) and returns in the afternoon. I do not recall the guide. We visited the port and the stores. We had lunch in a restaurant there.
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