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Address: Panama City, Panama
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: This tour on the newly restored Panama Canal Railway, the western...
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.
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One of the 7 wonders of the world

The first time I traveled to Panama City in 2002 and had the chance to go to the Canal I was wondering what everyone thought was so interesting or wonderful about it. When the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Lewiston, Idaho

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Lewiston, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The first time I traveled to Panama City in 2002 and had the chance to go to the Canal I was wondering what everyone thought was so interesting or wonderful about it. When the ships started coming in and the train helped to pull them into the locks I was aww struck. It is the most amazing thing I have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

historical man made marvel, very simple but shows how human can think about applying its simple scientific knowledge. Must visit when in Panama City with family and friends and the attraction is well maintained.

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Sunset Beach, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Our cruise ship arrived at the locks at 5 AM. We completed the transit of the three locks by 8 AM. Lots of good pictures. Tender off ship, got on bus and went directly to a viewing area to watch a ship pass thru the locks. Hey Princess we saw this action since 5 AM what's new? Another bus to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This historical train leaves Panama city every morning at 7am, on it's way north to Colon. From the photographs and the review, I was expecting some kind of magical, charming railway trip thru dense rain forest. In reality, while you do go thru rain forest, there's not much to see. While seated in the "panoramic" car, you see Gatun lake... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We took the Panama Canal Dome Train which ran adjacent the canal as an excursion from a cruise ship. It was a wonderful day out and a great experience. It wasn't cheap but well worth it. Four of us went and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. A quick summary of the trip - it took about an hour by train... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The train is a great way to get a feel for the scale of the Panama Canal. It's also a great place to meet tourists, as they are the only ones that take this train.

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Ellenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

A wonderful and well thought link to get freight from Atlantic to Pacific from ships that are over size for the canal. However with the new locks due to open soon then the traffic flows may become less. It also has a little known passenger service which had one train each way but not sure if thus still runs. Locomotive... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Panama Canal Railway was in fact built in 1855, long before the canal was built. The canal largely shadowed the railway as it was crucial to the canal's construction. So when you ride the train you are never far from the canal. For a good stretch the railway passes through lake Gatun. The tourist car is entirely glass above... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Decided to take this trip on my own one morning. The staff on the train were friendly and I enjoyed the coffee as the a/c on the train works really well. One complaint is that they should wash the windows on the canal side much more frequently as it obstructs the great views from inside the train. The outside areas... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We took the one hour ride from Panama City to Colon and found it to be a beautiful ride along the Panama Canal. It was nice to see it from a different perspective.

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Address: Address: Panama City, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City

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