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Address: Colon, Panama

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Ocean to ocean in just over an hour

At $25.- the ride from Panama City to Colon in the fully restored vintage coaches is a must. Great views of the canal and jungle from the open side viewing platforms in each coach.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

At $25.- the ride from Panama City to Colon in the fully restored vintage coaches is a must. Great views of the canal and jungle from the open side viewing platforms in each coach.

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Kanata, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you like trains, this is a nice ride through the countryside. You don`t see a lot of the canal, but you do get a couple of glimpses. Saw some construction of the new canal as well. They do make announcements on the train to point out the various sites along the way. The ride is just a bit over... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

THis is a blast. The railway funds along the canal from ocean to ocean. there are several stops along the way and you can get a good idea of the topography , the wild life and the remoteness of this place. The natural scenic beauty come through and a great spot for pictures, You get a chance to see the... More 

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Del Mar, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I had gone through the canal a couple of years ago on a cruise boat and really loved it. On this recent cruise we just stopped at Colon, Panama and being a train buff I wanted to take this historic train across the Isthmus of Panama to Panama City. The train trip was fine and I enjoyed it as it... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The railway drops you off in Colon which is not a good place to be. The people on the railroad try to get you off the train and out of the fenced compound asap. They don't want to hng around there either. Train ride was nice, leaving a 7:30 Panama City time and taking about an hour. They give you... More 

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Napa, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We took this tour while taking a Princess Cruise. The train is very clean the guide was very friendly and super funny, and talked to everybody on board and explained in detail what we were seeing. They have snacks, drinks and bathrooms on board. There is the dome car which we took and the regular cars. The dome cars are... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We took the train from Colon to Panama City, and I must say I was disappointed. Yes the history of the railway is fascinating, but that's about it. Aside from the scenery at the beginning, there is not much to see on this train ride, mostly just trees. For the price, its not worth it.

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This tour you need to do! You will learn so much and see stuff that probably you will never see anywhere else. Takes like 30 or 40 min to see everything, and stay to watch a boat (or cruise is you have time) pass thru the canal. Real nice to see!

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We've all heard of the Panama Canal, but how many of us have heard of the Panama Canal Railway? I never had until I recently visited Panama. Of course, we sailed through the Canal on our cruise ship, but an equally interesting bonus of our trip was sightseeing the area aboard a train traveling through the nearby countryside. The cars... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We rode from Colon to Panama City and it was a beautiful trip. Had seats in the dome car but ended up on the observation deck most of the trip. Was fun to have the wind blowing on us and to see the views with no window blur. Sights along the way include marshes, jungle, the dredging, ships on the... More 

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