±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Get useful expat articles, health and financial news, social media recommendations and more in your inbox each month - free!



We respect your privacy - we don't spam and you can unsubscribe at any time.

±Compare Expat Providers

Expat Health Insurance Quotes

Foreign Currency Exchange Quotes

International Moving Quotes

We're very social! Follow Expat Focus on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+

Expat Focus Facebook PageExpat Focus on TwitterExpat Focus Pinterest PageExpat Focus Google+ Page

Notify me when new content is added about a country

±Expat Focus Partners

Rail Travel

Panama - Rail Travel


Panama only has one railroad that is in use. This is the Panama Canal Railway Company which takes passengers between Panama City and Colon. There have been narrow gauge railways in use in the Chiriqui Province, but these ceased functioning in the latter part of the 20th century and the tracks have been dismantled. The Panama Canal railway was built to assist with the construction of the canal, transporting materials and workers in the early years. When the Panamanian authorities have looked at the possibility of constructing more railway lines it has been dismissed as too expensive. In the past plans have been made to connect Panama to Mexico by rail, although these have yet to come to fruition.

The Canal Railway Company now runs both freight and passenger trains, although it is mainly used by tourists who visit the region and some commuters. There is one train for passengers which leaves Panama City at 7.15 am each day during the week. This arrives in Colon at 8.15 am. The return train leaves Colon at 5.15 pm and arrives back in Panama City at 6.15 pm. Passengers can board the train at the recently constructed station located in the Allbrook suburb in the northern part of Panama City. The older station is now defunct and has been converted into a fast food restaurant. The train only runs once in each direction each day, so passengers that miss it may find themselves stranded.

The train offers excellent facilities including first class executive coaches, air conditioning and refreshments. The seats are made from leather and offer passengers plenty of room to relax. There are lamp-lighted compartments and for those who want to take in the views there are some viewing decks which are open air. The trains are accessible for some passengers who have mobility problems and assistance can be provided if needed, although it is a good idea to contact the company in advance with details to find out exactly how they can help. Contact details can be obtained from the company’s website.

There are a variety of ticket prices and options. Children under 2 do not need to have a ticket and those between the ages of 2 and 12 can have a heavily discounted ticket. Those wishing to use the railway for just one journey will find it cost effective to buy a one-way ticket for the journey out and the journey home. Those who need to use the railway on a regular basis will find it offers value for money to buy a monthly pass. This gives them a reserved seat and they can use the train whenever they need to. Those who are buying tickets on the day will not have a reserved seat.

There are currently plans to construct another railway system in Panama City, but this time it is a metro underground system. Due to the growth of the capital city, there is a need to ease the increasing traffic problems in the area after it was estimated that up to 4000 new cars find their way onto the capital’s streets each month. It is estimated that up to 40,000 passengers per hour will be able to use the new Metro system. The new underground system will operate between 4.30 am and midnight every day of the week and will be concentrated on the bigger problem areas in the city.

The metro is expected to help to change the face of the city, with metro station locations encouraging people to live close by and businesses to establish themselves where they can be easily reached by public transport. It is also expected that the poorer areas which are served by the metro will undergo regeneration, providing good investment opportunities.

The plans are for the metro to cover 14 kilometres and have 16 stations which begin at the National Bus Terminal in Albrook. The first leg of the journey will be overland until the line reaches the complex of government offices in Curundu where it will then head underground until it reaches Via Fernandez de Cordoba, when it goes overland again to Los Andes. The metro is expected to be able to fulfil public transport needs along this route until the year 2035.


Useful Resources

Panama Canal Railway Company
Bldg. T-376, Corozal West
P.O. Box 2669 Balboa - Ancon, Panama,
Republic of Panama
www.panarail.com
Email: info@panarail.com
Tel: (507) 317 6070
Fax: (507) 317 6061


Read more about this country



Expat Health Insurance Partners


Aetna

Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.

Cigna

Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.