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Panama Canal Railway Company
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Panamá Canal Railway Tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Panama City, Panama
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great trip!!”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

For a wonderfully relaxing ride to the Gatun Locks take the railway. The cars are comfortable and spacious and the view along the way is simply breath taking.

Visited October 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Limited experience of the canal”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

We bused to Colon and took the train back to San Jose. There were about 15 passengers in the dome car, and not many in the other cars. Most of the trip is through the trees, or along the edges of lakes, so the view is okay but unchanging -- and there weren't many ships moving along the bits of canal we could fleetingly see from the train. An enjoyable enough ride but taking a boat through part of the canal, which we did later, is a much better way to spend the day. Colon is just a dirty, rundown port city, there is nothing interesting to see or do.

Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Not on weekends”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Unfortunately after an early rise and a cab ride to the train station to head to the Gatun Locks, we were met with disappointment when told that the trains were not running and don't run on the weekends despite it being tourist season and brochures and tour books stating the opposite. Sigh.

Visited August 2012
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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115 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Beautiful train!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We took the Panal Canal Railway from Panama City to Colon in mid-September. It took about 70 minutes, although it was posted as being 55 minutes. The whole trip was through the rainforest and along the lakes of the Panama Canal. We also passed the Pedro Miguel Locks. The train car is beautiful and luxurious, with painted glass windows, a snack bar, and restroom. Complimentary coffee was served at the start of the trip. I have been on several trains, and this train car was very nice by comparison. We could go outside to an open platform for additional views and photo opportunities. There was a souvenir shop at the Panama City station, but I didn't see one when we arrived in Colon. We were warned about the dangers of Colon, and advised to take a taxi once we got there. We did; we took a taxi straight to the Colon bus terminal, and went right back to Panama City. The train was $25 per person, and the bus was $2.

Visited September 2012
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Smithfield, Virginia
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“OK if its part of a bigger tour package”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you simply want a train ride or say you've crossed Panama, the train is a good experience. You will see the jungle, and the canal up close from time to time, but it's basically a train ride. There are better ways to enjoy the canal if you have limited time.

In our case, our guide dropped us at the station in Panama City and picked us up on the other end at Colon for a day of touring the Gatun Locks, Fort San Lorenzo, and Fort Morgan. Built into this kind of package the train ride does a nice job of rounding out the day.

Visited January 2012
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