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
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
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
$145*
and up
Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise
More Info
$105*
and up
Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 7,264 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4828
    Excellent
  • 1892
    Very good
  • 471
    Average
  • 48
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
awesome experience when in Panama

You must visit the canal locks. Truly a wonder of engineering and the museum tells the incredible story of how they were built. Well worth a half day detour, and I found I never... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
pashathenomad
,
Sarasota, Florida

Similar Things to Do in Panama City

Add Photo Write a Review

7,264 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Sarasota, Florida
Level Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

You must visit the canal locks. Truly a wonder of engineering and the museum tells the incredible story of how they were built. Well worth a half day detour, and I found I never tired of watching big ships come through the locks!

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. John, Virgin Islands
Level Contributor
70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent visitor center...go early, lots of crowds. But great to see the locks and ships come thru.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santiago, Chile
Level Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This was built more than 100 years ago? The engineering feat is amazing - needs to be seen. Miraflores visitor center is the place to go.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is real living history in the making. you should come see a once in a lifetime event. The new locks are finished and they have started filling them up, it will take up to four months to fill.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

"It's a canal... they're all the same" -- was pretty much my summation before dragging myself along. I couldn't have been more wrong, it's actually an incredibly impressive operation. Cargo moves through every half and hour or so, and there are different heights that you can see the ships pass through. Museum, tour and all info inside which is very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is a great attraction for anyone visiting Panama, located about a fifteen minute drive outside the city, Miraflores Locks are located here. There is a very good museum to relay the history of the canal as well as a 3 D cinema experience which shows what the area was like before the canal was built. The best times to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Roanoke, Virginia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Caravan.com did an excellent job seeing Panama in April 2013, seeing all the locks & how they operated from outside and then road a boat through all the locks to see how they worked from the inside, fantastic! Panama was a great country where you could swim in the Atlantic & Pacific in the same day. Caravan booked 5 star... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Its very economically important to the population; although the 2 billion received every year from transit costs is not divided among the population; the money is appropriated in corrupt circles and the locals remain poor

Was this review helpful? Yes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A marvel of man kinds ingenuity.Something to see for yourself, very cool tour!!!! The tour group Panama Marine Adventures did a great job, ask for Gus who drives the bus to be your guide, very professional and informative.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Georgetown, Texas
Level Contributor
35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We took a trip through the canal on a boat. It took about 4 hours and was a really good way to experience the canal. Definitely recommend it.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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

Additional Information about Panama Canal

Address: Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 272 3165
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City

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
21 questions
Ask a question
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Nashville, Illinois
5 months ago

See all questions (21)

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?