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.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 272 3165
Website
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this...
Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this fifty-mile waterway transports ships by raising them from sea level to more than 85 feet via a series of gravity-powered locks.
read more
Visit Panama Canal like an insider
Top Rated
$105*
and up
Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 6,453 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4271
    Excellent
  • 1700
    Very good
  • 416
    Average
  • 44
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
impressive

interesting to see such great enginnering work, especially if you think it was built in the beginning of 20th century. some reviews say you should come between 9-11 but I think it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
marilena57
,
Sao Paulo
Add Photo Write a Review

6,453 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Sao Paulo
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
39 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

interesting to see such great enginnering work, especially if you think it was built in the beginning of 20th century. some reviews say you should come between 9-11 but I think it is the busiest time full of excursions, tours, etc. if you around 11 you'll still see the big ships coming and going without all the hassle. You have... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Raquel Pfulg, Tour Director and Ragelio, bus driver were the best. This is our second Caravan Tour and we're glad we used this tour company. Raquel & Ragelio are both natives of Panama. They were very passionate about their country. In our 8 day stay, we were able to see from Panama City to Colon and even stay in Gamboa... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Heredia, Costa Rica
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

this is an impressive place, definitely the highlight of the trip to panama. worth taking the full tour, including the movie, museum, and the deck. A MUST

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Educational. But the $15 entrance fee is quite steep considering theres really not not much to do and see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
florida
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

almost sorry I went. was really disappointed. opt in to go to restaurant----that way entry is FREE instead of $15 each. you can do everything but the movie for free. and many restaurants to choose from. guess I was expecting something more. I was more fascinated by driving over the Bridge of Americas and seeing the boats below or going... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Long Beach, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We cruised the Panama Canal on the Island Princess, and it was fascinating. The person who spoke throughout the day about the canal, it's history, how it works, the construction of the canal and the future of it; was great and kept everyones interest. We were more interested the Canal then the cruise ports. If it's the canal that your... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Perhaps it's because of my Dutch background but I wasn't too impressed by the canal visit. Surely the history, effort and financial benefits that sit behind it are immense, but the actual canal is.. Well, just a canal, with locks, and big boats.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

If you are in Panama do not miss this exceptional enginerring operations. There is the option to experience the lochs by ferry but we found the museum and lookout areas to be just as worthwhile.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The visit to Canal is a must if you go to Panama. Visit Canal between 9-12 or 2-5 because this is the time when most of the cruise/cargo ships passes through the Canal and currently only 40 ships passes through the Canal in 24 hours so timing is crucial otherwise you will spend hours in Sun to wait for best... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Go at a time when ships are coming through. Approx 2x a day during the daytime. We had to spend quite a bitt of time waiting. However it was totally worth the wait. Amazing to see the Miraflores Locks work the ships through. Great museum tour and 3-d movie. Even with 2 teen girls; it held their attention.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Panama Canal also viewed

Panama City, Panama Province
 
Panama City, Panama Province
Panama City, Panama Province
 

Been to Panama Canal? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Panama Canal and other visitors
13 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Panama Canal staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?