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Panama Canal Railway

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #14 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Wichita, Kansas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 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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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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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NJ
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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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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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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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