Historic Train, Fort & Canal Tour

Panama Canal Railway trip

Duration: 9 hours     |    Price = $160

* Minimum of 3 people needed to run this tour - Available on Mondays and Fridays. For other dates please inquire.

  • Historic Panama Canal Railway
  • New Visitor Center at Gatun Locks Expansion site
  • Chagres National Park
  • Fort San Lorenzo
  • US Fort Sherman
Tour Includes:
  • Transportation
  • Train passage (discounted if not available)
  • Entrance fees to new visitor center Gatun expansion
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Tax / Tolls

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Historic Train Tour

Tour Description

We get an early start and are boarding the train by 7am leaving Panama City behind heading for the province of Colon on the historic Panama Canal Railway, a "transcontinental" railroad!

*not available on weekends or holidays and still not running due to 'covid'

The Panama Canal Railway links the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in Central America. The route stretches 47.6 miles across the Isthmus of Panama from Balboa to Colón and it takes you on a scenic journey through lush rainforests as it cruises alongside the Canal for about 1 hour.

You will be met by the guide on the other side and our first stop is the Panama Canal Expansion Visitor Center at Aguaclara Locks. See the new, bigger, set of locks recently completed in 2016 and the giant ships that they hold! There is also a nice short video and amazing views of Lake Gatun and on out to the Caribbean.

We then cross the newest bridge over the canal, known as the Atlantic Bridge, and head into the Chagres National Park to visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Fort San Lorenzo, first built during the late 16th century, which stands guard at the mouth of the Chagres river. Monkeys, sloths, and anteaters are often seen, as are several species of birds, lizards, and butterflies. Learn about the legacy of pirates, shipwrecks and Spanish Gold!

Before we head back to Panama City, we stop for lunch on the water at the historic US Fort Sherman which is now a nice little marina (lunch not included).

Please keep in mind that this tour has an early start time and does not include breakfast. We recommend that you take measures to plan ahead by having something to eat at your hotel or bring with you, before we pick you up in the morning.

Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 3 people to be offered at this price. Contact us about other possible dates.

*Since the train is STILL not running, we can start later and visit Agua Clara Locks and the fort for $130pp

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