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Panama Canal Railway Company

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Address: Panama City, Panama
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+507 317-6070
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Panamá Canal Railway Tour
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Nice Scenery

We took the ride from Panama City to Colon. The tickets go on sale about an hour before the train leaves. Everyone gets their ticket and rushes to get in the observation car. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 March 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

We took the ride from Panama City to Colon. The tickets go on sale about an hour before the train leaves. Everyone gets their ticket and rushes to get in the observation car. We had trouble getting a seat in there as it was reserved for a group, but we insisted, and were given two seats, Coffee is served almost... More 

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Fredonia, Ny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

Very neat experience to be on the Atlantic Ocean in the morning and the Pacific Ocean in the afternoon of the same day!

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Contadora Island, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

We have lived in Panama for 9 years and crossing the Isthmus on the train has been on our bucket list since we got here. It took having visitors who also wanted to do this to get us on the train. The ride was beautiful and very comfortable. The viewing car was fully taken up with a tour group and... More 

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Sacramento
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

Reaching the Panama Canal via cruise ship and learning the "Hows and Whys" of the project was very interesting..."Seeing is truly believing!"

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St. Albert, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2013

Well it's a train ride. Nice scenery whizzes by. Attendants talked to each other - very loud and in Spanish. We got a good seat, not everyone did. Dirty windows prevent any really good photos. Train rides are always fun. Take a car for the return trip, hopefully you get a driver that isn't in a hurry like Antonio, our... More 

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London, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

The low-down: early start (7.15am), expensive ($50 return), takes an hour to get up to Colon but offers fabulous views of the canal and surrounding rainforrest on both sides from within the (ice-cold airconditioned) carriages or better still from the out-in-the-air viewing platforms/carriages. It would have got another star but for one thing: the return journey is not until 5.15pm.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

The windows on the canal side were so fogged over -for most of the trip. The regular windows in the other cars likely were fine. WAY TOO COLD in the observation car. Bring warm fleece!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

We were in a "viewing car" which is elevated and with big windows on both sides. Unfortunately, it leaves quite early that the windows remain foggy for a while before you can see anything. Further,you better carry a jacket or sweater because it is very cold with the air conditioner. I know that being in Panama, a warm outfit is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

The train passes thru the jungle of Panama and its lake, very little to see with regards to the canal. It's an hour ride and it is very expensive at $25 one way. And once you get to Colon you have to wait until 5pm to get back to Panama city if you intend to ride back the train. There... More 

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

This is a supremely comfortable train. The journey takes only an hour and travels through scenic countryside, including over lakes. Drinks are available on the train. The one-way fare is $25 per person, payable on board. The train leaves Panama City at 7.15 in the morning and returns from Colon at 5.15 in the afternoon. It's probably not a good... More 

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