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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Tralee, Ireland
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Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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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.

Thank beatrice1946
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Here is how we did the train tour from Panama City on a Wednesday. We headed to Albrook Mall by Metro around 13:00. Inside the Bus Station there is a window for tickets to Colon, but a guard at the gate said an express bus was leaving and we could pay on the bus. Off we went after sitting for... More 

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Marietta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We took the morning train to Colon. Our tour driver met us in Colon for the rest of the tour. The train was air conditioned and had restroom facilities. They served a light snack as part of the trip. You can sit in the air conditioned viewing cars or stand on the open air platforms with are better for photos.... More 

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Alta Loma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

Had a private tour guide that took us to Colon and caught the afternoon train back to Panama City. Very enjoyable ride, beautiful scenery along the route. Were able to see the locks as we passed. Very clean and fun experience.

Thank Linda W

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