We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Panama Canal Railway

Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (171)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“dome car”(16 reviews)
“panama canal”(41 reviews)
“nice ride”(6 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Colon, Panama
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Colon
from US$146.15
More Info
from US$110.00
More Info
Reviews (198)
Filter reviews
131 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsdome carpanama canalnice ridesnacks and drinksgreat journeypassenger carsbeautiful tripopen airstep outsidejourney takesvintage trainsmooth rideincluding snackscomplimentary coffeecoast to coaststep back in timehour and minutes
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 131 reviews
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Mostly used by tourists the Canal railway trip is an interesting one, particularly if you have access to the open space inbetween carriages, so as to be able to admire the views and take photographs, which was virtually impossible when I took the train. Make...More

4  Thank Iolanda A
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

Good experience. a very convenient trip from Colon to Panama City. just enter the train, find a good seat for you, and Later one lady will come and give u the ticket. ticket fee $ 25, including snacks box and a cup of coffee. 1...More

2  Thank Fonzpty
Reviewed May 6, 2018

This was a great way to see the Canal and surrounding area. The train was clean and provided snacks and drinks. You can move around and it is a fun way to see sights.

1  Thank solsenz
Reviewed April 11, 2018

Nice little 2 hour train ride through the jungle to Cristobal. The carriages have large platforms so you can just step outside for pics. The railroad parallels the canal more or less. If you're a serious rail fan you can ride in the cab with...More

Thank Mike V
Reviewed March 12, 2018

The train takes you from the Atlantic to Pacific along the Canal. Great views from the dome car. There are snacks and drinks available.

Thank Brimsmith
Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

After visiting the new 3rd Locke we got onboard the Panama Canal railway. Old cartridges very nice leather seats quite comfortable. The journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. We were served with hot or cold drink and a snack box. It was a...More

1  Thank Drinamoon
Reviewed March 3, 2018

We travelled on the Panama Canal railway after we had visited the locks. The train is a vintage train which travels across Panama alongside the canal and lake. There are great views of the countryside. We were given a snack pack and offered drinks, complimentary...More

1  Thank wgsmall2017
Reviewed February 28, 2018

An awesome way to se some remote rainforest and parts of the canal, was a great experience. we spent the night in Panama city and took the bus back to Colon where we got a cab back to our resort. Bus was 3 or 4...More

2  Thank Bear M
Reviewed February 28, 2018

Amazing Panama Rail Dome Car ride from Colon to the Miraflores Locks. Beautiful scenic tour seeing vessels in transit. At Miraflores we viewed the locks and the 4 exhibition halls on the history of the Panama Canal. It certainly was a step back in time...More

Thank Ron S
Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

We took the train from Colon to Panama. It was part of a tour organized by our cruise line, Holland America. We chose to sit in the dome car section, very nice. Clean, comfortable, good bathroom. Fantastic views.

Thank Melissa W
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 9 hotels in Colon
Hotel Andros
15 reviews
.82 km away
Sand Diamond Hotel
118 reviews
.83 km away
Radisson Colon 2000 Hotel & Casino
334 reviews
1.14 km away
Meryland Hotel
19 reviews
1.19 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 22 restaurants in Colon
Grand Cafe at Panaderia Mediterranea
54 reviews
1.33 km away
Restaurante Arrecifes
88 reviews
1.29 km away
Cafe Lebanese
26 reviews
1.39 km away
Rotana Cafe
14 reviews
1.25 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 23 attractions in Colon
Agua Clara Locks
90 reviews
1.33 km away
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion
9 reviews
1.30 km away
Port Colon 2000
176 reviews
1.32 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Donna T
May 31, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Drinamoon | Reviewed this property |
Explain exactly what you want to know? Are you actually on a cruise or your travelling to pick up your cruise? Most cruise liners book the train for you as a tourist, but if your travelling independently you would need to... More
March 10, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Tony R | Reviewed this property |
No need to book train. you pay on the train and it is buttons with a snack box included. Only one carriage is glass top though so queue at the platform 10 mins early
Rosemary W
February 26, 2018|
Response from Tony R | Reviewed this property |
No left luggage facility