Panama Canal Railway, Colon
(3.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
The 1849 California Gold Rush led to a sudden and desperate demand for transportation of hopeful gold miners to California, and thus Panama Canal Railway was born. Construction began in 1850 and the first official journey took place in 1955. The railway was coined a transcontinental railroad--the first of its kind-- connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through Central America with 77 km (48 mi) of rail running parallel to the Panama Canal. The rail provides both freight and passenger service, offering a scenic view of ships, jungle, and wildlife. Put Panama Canal Railway into our Colon vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We took a smaller boat from Panama City through the Canal to Colon then took the Railway back to Panama City. I was able to stand outside between the cars and watch the passing rain forest, Lake Gatun...  more »
  • A train at the old and a home service, coffee etc... for $ 25 per adult, return to panama and colon in 1 hour. But beware a departure at 7:15 and return at 5 pm
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  • We were of Panama Columbus in the passenger train coming from Albrook to the 7h15am every day. They were 55 minutes of much comfort, visual incredible (as it is on the Bank of the Canal), at a speed that allows you to enjoy and a small breakfast. All USD25 and, really, a different and fun experience. Super advice. It problem is that there is only a schedule of ida (7h15am) and another of return of Colon (not I'm safe, but is near them 5 pm). It is super tourist and passenger wagon is beautiful.
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