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Address: Panama City, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Panama Canal railway

Great trip. Worth the cost. Boarded in Colon at late afternoon. Fun to see the canal at sunset! Glad I chose this excursion!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Judy S
Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great trip. Worth the cost. Boarded in Colon at late afternoon. Fun to see the canal at sunset! Glad I chose this excursion!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This rail trip was fun filled and informative. The Panama Canal Railroad is run by the Illinois Central RR, who knew?? The main function of the tracks is to move containers from one side of the Panama to the other and workers from home to work and back home. The conductors on our train were super nice. This train shakes,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

If you like trains take this trip on the restored dome car train from Panama to Colon. You can also stand outside in the viewing area if you want to take pictures but for comfort the dome car has good viewing. If you have several days to spend or time to waste it is a nice way to start the... More 

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Fairfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I choose to ride the RR in one direction; taking the bus to Colon and riding back on the train. It didn't seem worthwhile to stay the day in Colon, especially on a tight schedule. For most of the journey I stood in the viewing open end part of the car so that I could take pics and even spotted... More 

1 Thank willys6
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Still one of my favourite ways to move between Colon and Panama. It is worth the trip. This time is felt sad and nostalgic as less and less people use the train after the highway was opened. Those wagons once used by the Arab and Jew communities as well as the executives of the companies in the Colon free trade... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Having time to spare while traveling for business is very cool. After visiting and exploring the Pacific side of the Panama Canal one Sunday, we found ourselves with a free weekday, so we decided to explore the Atlantic side. Traveling to Colon by train was attractive. The ride is very nice and short and you have to be there early... More 

1 Thank Carlos A
Panama City, Panama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I like trains and wanted to at least say, "I've been to see the Panama Canal". There were not as many ships or close-ups as I expected, but t was pleasant ride. We decided to take the express bus (take Metro to Albrook) to Colon and took the railway back (so we wouldn't have to get up so early for... More 

3 Thank JimE_1111
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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