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Panama Canal Railway Company

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Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: +507 317-6070
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

This tour on the newly restored Panama Canal Railway, the western...

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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Close enough to touch

There for about two weeks, the canal and this lock were right across the street from us. It was incredible to see the ships this close.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert C
Tampa, Florida
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Cincinnati, OH
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Skip the dome car and get a seat with more legroom in an adjoining coach. Dome car needs work as some windows are leaking..

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There for about two weeks, the canal and this lock were right across the street from us. It was incredible to see the ships this close.

Thank Robert C
Whitehorse, Yukon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was top of my list in Panama, and I wasn't disappointed. It's a great way to travel from Panama City to Colon. We pre-arranged a driver meet us once we arrived in Colon, and I'm glad we did because there's not much at the Colon station. Scenery was great, and it was fun following the canal on a historic... More 

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Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

It only takes 1 hour coast to coast and gives a great overview of the entire Panama Canal system. There is a dome carriage and refreshments on board. At the final stop, Colon, you see the older locks and the huge new one, built to take large cruise ships. The information over the tannoy is great. The is also a... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

The train is a very fun adventure. The "vista Dome" car is the best to see the area as you travel across Panama close to the locks. The fair $25 includes a snack box and a beverage.

Thank bbon2ur
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We took the train to go to "Zona Libre" in Colon. Very comfortable train ride, with nice views of the canal. It is a little expensive, $25 each way, for a one hour ride. But with the views, it's worth taking the train one way and taking a bus (< $4.00) the other direction. Do take your passport if your... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

If you have to go to Colon from Panama City or the reverse this is a way to go. I did not think it was a sightseeing trip since you normally saw jungle. There was no descriptive info on what woy were passing.

Thank HarryLeland_nc
North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

One of the first items to be built for the canal was the railroad. It allowed for the movement of material in and out of the canal cut. Now the railroad operates engines, called mules to assist in the movement of the ships through the canal. As many as 8 mules can be used depending on the size of the... More 

Thank Captnslow
Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

I would like to recommend the railway to tourist but specially for Panamanians. It is an excellent trip to enjoy our tropical forest and have a look from a different perspective to the Canal effluents. The trip takes 1 hour and you will get a small snack box on board. People at the counter are very friendly and will help... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

The train is really comfortable with large windows to view the scenery. A light breakfast snack and coffee was also served. It was a very interesting ride and, coupled with an earlier trip on the canal in a boat, really made sense to take this train to get a big picture of the canal from the train point of view.

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