The interoceanic railroad

When the Panama Railroad opened in 1855, it became the world's first transcontinental railway. At that time, it provided necessary transporation to prospectors en route to California during the gold rush. The railroad's use today of carrying cargo from one ocean to another has given it the nickname of 'the dry canal'. From Monday to Friday it also shuttles passengers from Panama City to Colón on the Atlantic in the morning, with a return trip in the evening.

You can board the train at the Corozal station early in the morning and enjoy a trip through the jungle and past tourist sites. The train passes nearby the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks and the Summit golf course before crossing the bridge over the Chagres River by the town of Gamboa, the division of the Panama Canal dredging. The tracks flank Lake Gatún several times, affording a glimpse at the huge ships sailing by, and then border the canal expansion work being done on the Atlantic coast before arriving at the city of Colón.

To extend your trip, you can arrange for a car to pick you up on the Atlantic coast and drive to the Gatún Locks to watch the canal operations. Afterwards, pass by the Americans' former Fort Sherman and onto the historic Fort San Lorenzo, which stands watch over the mouth of the Chagres River, the starting point of the Camino de Cruces path. If you still have time, visit historic Portobelo.

An interesting piece of trivia is that in 1913 the inter-oceanic railroad transported 2,916,657 passengers and 2,026,852 tons of freight across the Isthmus, which was reported to be the heaviest traffic per mile of any railway in the world.

How to arrive?

The Corozal Passenger Station (Pacific Coast) is located near Albrook.

The Atlantic Passenger Station is located in Monte Esperanza in the city of Colón, near Cristobal Port.

Ticket Price:

 Valid for one-way travel

Panama - Colon or Colon - Panama

Adults

$25.00

Children (ages 2 -12 years old)

$15.00

Retired / Senior Citizens

$17.50

 

 

 

 

The rate for retirees and senior citizens only applies for Panamanian citizens or permanent residents.

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday
  • Departure from Panama City to Colón            7:15 a.m
  • Departure from Colón to Panama City            5:15 p.m
  • Travel time: One hour

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