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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Panama City, Panama
+507 317-6070
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Comfortable way to cross Panama between Colon and Panama City. The observation car gives great views of the scenery, the canal, and the lakes.

Thank Jon H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed going on this train trip as part of our in-depth Panama Canal trip. It has a new area to sit and see the views as the train travels through the jungle.

Thank fooded
Reviewed 21 May 2018

We took the 7:15 am train from Panama city to Colon and it was great! Make sure you sit on the left side as that is where the canal is. Views are great, though it can be chilly due to the air conditioning. They served...More

Thank Esther-in-Malaysia
Reviewed 19 May 2018

Taking the Panama Canal Rail train from Panama City to Colon and back is a great way to experience the Panama Canal. The price is worth it. For $25 per person each way, we rode in the observer deck car (the best place to be...More

Thank brianhX1193UU
Reviewed 9 May 2018

Travelled on famous Panama rail company from Atlantic to Pacific approx 40 mls. travelled in classic rail coaches, along Gatun lake and down the side of canal. Views were obscured by dense undergrowth but good intermittent views of canal

Thank ddtnorthumberland
Reviewed 4 May 2018

If you don't have much time in the Panama Canal, this is a great way to go Ocean to Ocean. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the ride was enjoyable. The car was air conditioned, we got a nice snack box and drink. It was...More

Thank SLiebbe
Reviewed 3 May 2018

The train trip was included in our 9 day group tour of Panama. If we had been traveling alone, we most likely would have booked it as it sounded neat to traverse a 150 year old railroad. The dome car was fun to sit it...More

Thank William W
Reviewed 2 May 2018

We took the train from Colon to Panama city in the afternoon. I would not recommend doing it that way during the rainseason, because it will be dark when you reach Panama City, which is a shame. The rest of the experience was really nice,...More

Thank hartenbergh
Reviewed 11 April 2018

Having spent 5 days transiting the canal, we saw NOTHING new from the train. It only runs once a day each way, and the schedule is not convenient - you end up in rush hour traffic when you disembark and end up spending more time...More

Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Our family enjoyed stepping back in time and riding the historic railroad. A snack and coffee were included. We loved the views of the jungle and canal along the way. A good alternative to the bus--and no traffic!

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30 September 2016|
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Response from Capo_in_B | Reviewed this property |
Hey Fillmyboots, if I was on a balcony of cruise ship through the canal, I would skip the Panama City Railway. You will be right in the heart of the best parts. The railway goes in and out and really does not go by the... More
19 July 2016|
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Response from MaruyEnrique | Reviewed this property |
The train departs early morning (7 something) and returns in the afternoon. I do not recall the guide. We visited the port and the stores. We had lunch in a restaurant there.
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