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“Panama Railway to Colon a must do”

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.
Reviewed July 13, 2013

It is an awesome trip, but I suggest only 1 way and get a guide to bring you back (or taxi). This way, you have flexibility while in Colon/Portobelo/San Lorenzo/Gatun locks area. Cabs back are about $30-$40.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip on the Panama Canal Railway. I went from Panama City to Colon. A little nostalgia as you ride in old fashioned comfort in the cars. You get to see the canal, ships, and some of the jungle along the way.

1  Thank Jimmy A
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Just stepped off the train from Panama to Colon. What a joy. There is only one train a day in each direction alongside the canal run by the Panama Canal Rail Company leaves Panama at 07:15 and returns from Colon at 17:15. Cost is $25 single (a comparable bus is $2.50), but the train is olde worlde elegant - each carriage has the luxury feel of 1st class with nice plush leather seats and wood pannelled walls. The journey takes an hour as the train meanders along giving great views of Gatun Lake and glimpses of the ships as they negotiate the canal. Comes with a complementary tea/coffee/fruit juice at the start and a rather odd "food parcel" as you get off containing some biscuits, peanuts, crisps, raisins and a boiled sweet in a PCRC box with a map of the journey... Worth doing once just for the spectacle.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

we've been to panama 5-6 times and finally rode the historic panama canal railroad! what a great trip! it follows the canal from the east coast to the west and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

1  Thank Lynn P
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

The Panama Canal Railway has two train departures. 7:15 AM in Panama City (Pacific) and 5:15 in Colon (Atlantic). The 'train station' in Panama is open only for those two times; there is no train station in Colon (there is a platform to get off the train; that is all). It's fun and quaint and the scenery is nice. It is a novel way to spend a morning, and for that, worth the trip. We see some of the canal especially Lake Gatun which is part of the Panama Canal. Seated high up for good views. Once you get to Colon you are on your own and the taxi drivers charge a lot of money for transport. Probably best to arrange transport before you leave Panama. I only went one way; took the bus back. The roads in Panama are very good; I'm comparing them to Costa Rica.
If you take the train to Colon, then do go to the New Panama Canal Observation Center where you can see the construction of one of the larger locks. The Center has a couple of videos (English and Spanish) and panels with good explanations about the construction. You are right in front of it and can watch it progress. The new locks will be able to accommodate Post Panamax ships with over 14,000 containers on board. You will also see ships lining up to go through the existing lock. There is a nice outdoor restaurant as well as a small exhibition hall. I saw the canal in Colon and went on a boat tour in Panama. The Colon lock expansion site is the most impressive to me.
If you want to take the bus back to Panama, it is $3.75 US, about a two hour ride and you arrive at a very large bus station where you can take a local bus or a taxi.

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