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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.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Level 6 Contributor
289 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is one canal feature you see from the main road. Just be on the look when you are nearby. The railway carries a very important function for the Panamanian economy. It transports goods from one coast to the other without incurring in the high canal fees.

Visited February 2013
Thank Pedro T
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Trip through time”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Ride the train the wealthy prospectors rode from Colon to Panama City as they made their way to California. Anyone who loves a train ride will thoroughly enjoy this one as it cuts through the jungle so tightly you can touch the leaves and palms. You'll ramble past Gatun Lake, through the jungle, even past Noriega's current digs (the "nicest" prison in Panama supposedly). I had the pleasure of riding at sunset as a tropical storm rolled in. Felt like I was in a different time period, like out of Indiana Jones. A fantastic way to see Panama while traveling from one end to the other and I do think a visit to Colon, with a guide, is a must for anyone going to Panama just to see the stark contrast between Panama City and Colon. Panama is a country of contrasts, it's part of it's magic and beauty, much like the train ride itself - magical and beautiful.

Visited February 2013
3 Thank Erin O
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Austin, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Panama Railway to Colon a must do”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the scenery from the train.”
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.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Jimmy A
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London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A trip for rail and canal lovers”
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.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank whizzyuk
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