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Address: Colon, Panama
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We took the Panama Canal railroad journey by rail and bus and had a most enjoyable day. At first the windows were all fogged up due to the light rain and humidity but the open... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Merrickville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We took the Panama Canal railroad journey by rail and bus and had a most enjoyable day. At first the windows were all fogged up due to the light rain and humidity but the open air viewing areas on each carriage provided a great alternative - after a short time the windows were clear as well although some folks continued... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A trip on the Panama Canal Railway train gives one a new insight into the jungle of Panama, the amazing Gatun Lake and wonderful views of the Canal and the locks. We loved the trip and would highly recommend it if you've already journeyed up the Canal.

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Mar del Plata, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We did the railway ride through a tour guide Luis, great guy (read my other reviews to see who or drop me a message, I can't post it here); we used him for another one of his tours later that week...EXCELLENT Tour Guide. Luis picked us up at the hotel, he took us out to this gourmet coffee shop early... More 

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Dubai
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We took the train ride from Colon to Panama City, and then a bus back. The train is clean, well preserved, and has a lot of interesting history. But, the 90 minute ride to Panama City was nothing special. Most of the trip was thru forest regions, with a few brief glimpses of the canal. The only good thing about... More 

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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We enjoyed a great ride on the Panama Canal Railway from the Gatun Locks to the west coast and Panama City. A great journey which took us along the canal and by the construction of the new canal being built parallel to the one in operation now. A great trip in an old 50's RR car used on the east... More 

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LONDON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The railway is a good option to allow you to see the Panama canal and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on same day. Took the train from Colon to Panama City. Comfy 'old style' trains with trolley service, open air platforms and observation car. As others have reported there was a delay before we started, but this seems the norm... More 

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Mississauga
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This trip was scheduled to be 3 1/2 hours and it turned into 5 1/2 hours because there is only one track and if a commercial trail comes you have to wait for them to pass. Over all the scenery was ok not great and the train seats are uncomfortable. So make sure you have a good back. It is... More 

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Playa Coronado, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a great trip. Go with a guide or tour company. Colon is a very old port city with sailors and others arriving after many days at sea from both oceans. The huge free trade zone brings in buyers from all over the world. Do not go alone. Go in a group. And better, with a tour company/guide. Don't... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Took the train from Panama City to Colon this morning. The ride was fun and comfortable. I expected some guide or history lesson but i guess thats not included on the train. When we arrived in Colon we were very sad to see the city in such disrepair. It was obvious that no one had taken care of this city... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you only have a day to "see Panama", this is a good choice, though you really just get to see trees and water enroute from Colon to Panama City. This was offered as a day trip on a Panama Canal cruise. We got to sit in the glass domed car with snacks for purchase, which were reasonable in price.... More 

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Address: Address: Colon, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Colon Province  >  Colon

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