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Panama Canal Railway

Address: Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #31 of 118 Activities in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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...
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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 that offers excellent views of the waterway and rainforests along its shoreline.
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Ellenton, Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Lafayette, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The train is an excellent way to cross the Isthmus is an hour and fifteen minutes. However, it makes only two scheduled trips, one in the morning for business travelers to cross the Isthmus and another in the evening for their return to Panama City. Cruise ships often charter it for a special trip from Colon on the Atlantic side... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

While there is no denying that water way locks are an engineers solution to dealing with mutli levels but $15 seems a lot of money. Considering time spent getting there, tickets $30 for two of us and the travel expense to get to this tourist site, I must simply say that it is a canal that large ships go through.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was a perfect treat. Only 60 minute ride, talkes you to Colon, but stay away from Colon. Go see the Gatun locks, much less crowded.

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