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Panama Canal Railway

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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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Great experience. A definite tick in the box

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

If you want a climate controlled, bug-free, no sunblock needed, smooth panoramic ride through scenic rain forest from Panama City to Colon, this is it. Purchase snacks and drinks onboard for a nominal fee or bring your own. We selected upper level seating. A table separated couples; two people faced forward; two faced backward. Leg room was limited.

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Panama City, Panama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Its always a great ride w a client. Can sight see and hold a meeting all in a one hour ride. The free snack is a ending plus.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We took the train from near the Aldbrook mall to Colon on the Caribbean coast. The restored 1938 car with the glass ceiling allowed you to see the rain forest up close without being in it. It is a nice trip, taking about an hour and this is on the world's first transcontinental railroad.

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