Panama City: Canal Railway & Gatun Locks Half-Day Tour

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Panama City: Canal Railway & Gatun Locks Half-Day Tour

From US$ 210 per person

Spend a half day traveling from Panama City to see the Panama Canal. Enjoy a 1-hour train ride along canal and travel the Isthmus of Panama from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Cross Lake Gatun and visit the Gatun Locks, admiring the lush rainforests.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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English, Spanish


  • Travel from Panama City to Colon by rail
  • Sit back and relax on a 1-hour train ride along the Panama Canal
  • Cross the Isthmus of Panama from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean
  • Take in the view of the lush rainforests surrounding you
  • See various small towns along the way, as well as the islands of Gatun Lake
  • Tour the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal and hear about the history of the place
  • Relax on your way home from Colon to your hotel in Panama City
Full description
Take an interesting and unique journey by rail as you spend a half day traveling to and exploring the Panama Canal. Depart from Panama City and make your way to Colon, enjoying a 1-hor journey by rail along the canal. You will depart from Panama City in the early morning and follow a route that is 58 miles (93 kilometers) long across the Isthmus of Panama, journeying from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Take in the lush rainforests and small towns of Panama and marvel at the small islands of the man-made Gatun Lake as you traverse this scenic route. Arriving in Colon, you will be taken on a guided tour of the Gatun Locks of Panama Canal. Explore this impressive installation, located between Lake Gatun and the Atlantic Ocean. You will witness spectacular examples of canal engineering and learn all about the construction of the Panama Canal and its importance to the region. Built in 1855, the Panama Canal railway was the first trans-continental route in the Americas. The railway has been open to tourists since 2001, and offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience for international travelers. Be a part of this historic experience and come away with remarkable memories of your time in Panama. You will be transferred from Colon back to your hotel in Panama City at the end of your tour.
  • Transportation
  • Train ticket
  • Bilingual driver/guide (English and Spanish)
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Guides in other languages (German, French, Italian) upon request.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and don't forget to bring your camera, sunscreen, hat, and a bottle of water.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 11 reviews

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Great way to see the Panamá Canal

We had a great time and our guide was phenomenal. Very personable and knew a lot about the city. It was only two of us for the entire tour so it was great to have all our questions answered and build a connection with our guide. The train ride to colon was beautiful and there is free refreshments provided. I definitely recommend if you are wanting to see the canal in a unique way.

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February 24, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our day trip on the Canal Train and visiting the Canal Locks. We were picked up on time in a quality passenger van right at our residence. Our guide, Byron was extremely friendly, gracious, patient and caring with all of us but especially my 87-year-old father. Byron was helpful and knowledgable and shared many insights during our walk through the old city. I would gladly recommend this tour to anybody spending any time in Panama City.

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February 13, 2019

Best day f the entire vacation.

I learned so much about Panama and the people of Panama. Arsinio was by far the best guide we have had. Very knowledgable, kind, knew what our needs would be and very ok with being flexible in the agenda. I cannot say enough about the tour or our guide. So well worth the money!

April 19, 2016

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