We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Panama Canal Railway

Other
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Colon, Panama

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 71 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Get a Guide

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
RandRI
,
LONDON
Add Photo Write a Review

71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
LONDON
Top Contributor
223 reviews 223 reviews
86 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mississauga
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Playa Coronado, Panama
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
449 reviews 449 reviews
285 attraction reviews
306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 9
Kanata, Canada
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
662 reviews 662 reviews
239 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Del Mar, California
Top Contributor
461 reviews 461 reviews
129 attraction reviews
319 helpful votes 319 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Panama Canal Railway also viewed

Colon, Colon Province
Panama City, Panama Province
 
Panama City, Panama Province
Colon, Colon Province
 

Been to Panama Canal Railway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Panama Canal Railway and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
St. John, Virgin Islands
Toronto, Canada

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Panama Canal Railway staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?