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Panama Canal Railway

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #10 of 55 attractions in Panama City
Type: Scenic Railroads
Activities: Group tours/train
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This tour on the newly restored Panama Canal Railway, the western hemisphere's first transcontinental railroad, follows the east bank of the canal... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Bloomington, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Very comfortable train ride across Panama from Pacific (Panama City) to Atlantic (Colon) along the Canal. Takes about an hour and is a worthwhile excursion. Make arrangements in Colon for transportation beforehand as Colon can be difficult to navigate safely.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Not much to say about the railway itself. Used primarily for cargo transport from the Pacific to the Caribbean and back due to the current limitation on the size of the ships passing through the canal. There is a passenger train that you can ride to the other coast and back.

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Phoenix, Arizona, Usa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a tourist way of relaxing an seeing the country from the safety of a well done railroad. Maybe AMTRAK will learn how to treat its passangers. WOuld like to see the train brink back the old steam engines what a HOOT that would be.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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160 reviews 160 reviews
25 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The ride is not cheap at 25 dollars but I think it's an added bonus when visiting this part of the country. Some nice views of the canal but also of the countryside, rainforest and waters alongside the railway.

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Kingston, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

There are a few transcontinental railways, but only one of them travels across the entire continent in 1 hour. This historic tourist train is well worth your time and money as you will see the canal from a different perspective. I used an offline map and gps to see what landmarks I was passing and enjoyed the scenery. You will... More

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Birm
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Background: I'm not a cruise passenger nor a typical vacation tourist. I still enjoy some nicer experiences but always have to be mindful of budget as I'm traveling long term. That said, I'd give the train from PC to Colon a solid 3.5 rating, as it was essentially what we expected but really nothing extraordinary. For about $3 you can... More

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Honolulu
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The train ride through the jungle was fun with the train whistle blasting frequently when near little crossroads.

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Basel, Schweiz
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The railway goes only once a day in each direction. Salon waggons with Panorama views through the rain forest. You leave at 7am, but there is a coffee bar!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I did this as part of a day long tour with Rudy's Tours. Early pickup at hotel and a drive to the station. The train moves at a nice pace through jungle, along lakes, and parallels the canal as you cross from Pacific to Atlantic. Rudy picked us up at Colon and our day continued with a stop at the... More

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Summerland, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The trip from Panama City to Colon is a fun trip by train. The train leaves early in the morning and people line up for it as there is no reserved seating. On the day I went, it had rained the previous afternoon and the windows in the "dome" car were OK to see through but too streaked and dirty... More

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