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Panama Canal Railway

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #13 of 57 Attractions in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/train
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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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Lafayette, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Jenkintown, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

In terms of scenic, gorgeous RR trips, this is rather underwhelming, although to watch from a distance, it's really interesting to see how the container cars follow the canal to help expedite the transfer of cargo through the canal. Unless you love to get up VERY early in the AM, not really a tragedy to skip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

When I first went to Panama 16 years ago the train was in ruins. It seemed to be such a shame. Since then teh train and the tracks have been restored and you can take the scenic run from Panama City to Colon and back all in the same day.

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San Francisco, California
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39 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I would describe this as a pleasant trip - nothing special. We didn't see many ships in the canal nor did we see anything that we would not have seen while driving. I nice way to get to Colon. Our guide picked us up at the Colon station and then we went to San Lorenzo and Portobello, went to the... More

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A comfortable way to come and go to Colon. The trip is fast, silent and you will enjoy the sight through the big windows of train

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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Travelling alongside the Panama Canal following the route of the Canal was amazing. Refreshments are available while the view from the observation car is breathtaking. Knowing the railway was constructed to enable the Canal to be built is mind-blowing.

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Wautoma, Wisconsin
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

As stated earlier, we rode this train from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic. Lovely train cars (domed roof) and a very pleasant ride along the canal.

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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We took the train on the return journey, it was very interesting and a member of staff answeres everyones questions..He was great at giving information on everthing we passed ..very good trip

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