Miraflores Locks Tours

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The world-famous Panama Canal is a must-see for visitors to Panama City, but to fully appreciate it, head to the Miraflores Locks. The engineering marvel in action is a mesmerizing scene, with some 700 tons (635 tonnes) of machinery, reinforced against the mighty Pacific, and cargo-laden ships squeezing through with just inches to spare.
 
The Basics
There are several locks in the Panama City area, including the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel, Gatun, and Cocoli locks. Closest to the city, the Miraflores Locks are the only site set up for visitors. Explore the state-of-the-art 4-story Visitors Center, where fascinating exhibitions, video and 3D film presentations, and interactive displays chronicle the building of the Panama Canal, its history, how it operates, and the passage of ships through the locks. Tickets include access to the two viewing terraces with a prime view over the locks.
 
A stop at the Miraflores Visitors Center is a popular inclusion on Panama City tours, often in combination with a drive through the Panama Canal Zone, a photo stop at the Bridge of the Americas, or a walking tour of Old Town (Casco Viejo), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • On-site facilities include restrooms, a gift shop, and a restaurant with a view over the locks.
  • Allow up to two hours for your visit, including time to watch the ships pass through the locks.
  • Exhibitions are in both English and Spanish, and films alternate between English and Spanish language screenings.
  • The Miraflores Visitor Center is fully wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get to There
The Miraflores Locks are located about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from downtown Panama City. Buses to Paraíso or Gamboa from the Albrook Bus Terminal will drop you off along the highway, an around 15-minute signposted walk to the locks. Alternatively, taxis are easy to find and will often agree on a round-trip price, depending on how long you want to spend at the locks.

When to Get There
The locks are most exciting when the big ships arrive—typically between 9am–11:30am, and 3pm–5pm—and an early start is the best way to avoid the crowds.
 
Panama Canal
Built in 1914, the 51-mile-long (82 kilometer) waterway of the Panama Canal allows maritime traffic to pass along the narrow Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans—saving ships an impressive 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 kilometers) of travel around South America. More than 14,000 ships pass through the canal each year, and many are purpose-built to fit through the narrow locks—just 110 feet (34 meters) wide.
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Address: Panama Canal, Eastern Shore, Panama
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Miraflores Visitor Center with Transfer

Explore the Panama Canal with a tour of its Miraflores Visitor Center. Make use of a convenient hotel pickup (optional) and explore a museum dedicated to the history of this engineering marvel. Check out the center’s four exhibition halls, stop by a theater for a film about its construction, relax with a delicious meal at Atlantic & Pacific Co. restaurant, and capture photos of its locks from the observation deck.  
  • Duration: 1 to 5 hrs
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US$90,00
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  • Duration: 1 to 5 hrs
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Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

Combine a tour of the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks with a walking tour of Panama City’s UNESCO-listed Casco Viejo and a city driving tour to notable landmarks —it’s a full-day of sightseeing at the capital’s top attractions. Admire city views from atop Ancón Hill; visit a local market; see the Bridge of the Americas from the Amador Causeway; and more. This small-group tour runs with a maximum of nine people, ensuring personalized attention from your informative guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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US$75,00
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Fuerte Amador Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day Tour of Panama City and Canal

Discover the highlights of Panama City on a full-day shore excursion that visits the Miraflores Locks and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Casco Viejo (Old Town). Get close views of the Panama Canal from the viewing platforms, stop into the visitor's center, and follow your guide on a walking tour of the Old Town. Includes port pickup and drop-off, and the option to further explore the Old City on your own at the end of the tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Eco Canal Cruise On Gatún Lake And Miraflores Locks

Explore the manmade body of water at the heart of the Panama Canal on a 5-hour boat tour of Gatún Lake from Panama City. Learn how mountain peaks turned into islands when the canal was flooded, preserving unique wildlife and untouched jungle environments. Watch for monkeys, sloths and crocodiles as you cruise the shoreline, discover back channels and quiet bays, then learn about the engineering history of the canal at Miraflores Locks.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$165,60
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Panama City Tour And The Canal

Gain valuable insight into the history of Panama City during this 3-hour tour of Casco Antiguo and the Panama Canal. Get acquainted with the colonial history of the city, founded by French colonists in 1673. At the Miraflores Locks, view the gargantuan ships making their way through the Panama Canal, then visit the four exhibition halls of the Miraflores Visitors Center. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Half Day Panama Canal, Amador Causeway and Old Town Tour

Explore the Causeway of Amador, Old Town Panama and the Mira Flores Locks in the Panama Canal during this half-day tour in Panama City. Stand by and watch as ships travel through the Mira Flores Locks, then visit the accompanying museum. Continue to Flamenco Island in the Causeway of Amador, a group of interconnected islands. In Casco Antiguo, see the Presidential House and spend time strolling through the historic streets. Along the way, listen to your guide's commentary about the history and culture of Panama City. Round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels is included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Half-Day Panama City Tour

Get an introduction to Panama City on a 5-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off in centrally-located Panama City hotels. Find panoramic views of the city from Ancon Hill, watch ships passing through the Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks, then tour Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO-listed neighborhood filled with colonial-era landmarks.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$65,00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour

Enhance your experience of the Panama Canal  boat trip from Panama City. After boarding your vessel, you’ll travel down the entire length of the world-famous Panama Canal, passing prominent features such as Bridge of Americas and the Miraflores Locks. As you cruise, your tour guide will provide history-rich commentary and direct your attention to Guillard’s Cut and Gamboa Lake. Enjoy excellent views from elevated lookout decks and opt to refresh with snacks and beverages throughout your cruise. Round-trip transport from your downtown Panama City hotel is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$225,00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour

Combine a highlights tour of Panama City with a visit to the Miraflores Locks on this guided excursion. With a guide in the lead to provide transportation and insightful commentary, make stops at Ancon Hill, Casco Viejo, the Amador Causeway, and the Miraflores Locks. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Panama City included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Panama City Tour in a Traditional Local Trolley

Get the perfect overview of Panama City’s most iconic sites with a 4-hour tour in a colorful trolley. Learn about the engineering triumphs of the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Locks, and watch ships pass through the mammoth lock gates. Follow the causeway to a series of four islands for panoramic views of the city, and explore the atmospheric streets of Casco Viejo, where you’ll find enchanting colonial architecture and colorful local life.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$50,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Panama City's Top Tour

This comprehensive Panama City tour showcases the best of this Central American destination and highlights more than just the famous canal. Spend the day exploring old town, Amador Causeway, Cerro Ancon and the visitor center at Miraflores Locks, plus so much more. It's the perfect way for first-time visitors and travelers tight on time to see it all!
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$120,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Boat Tour

Travel through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal on this 5- to 6-hour boat tour from Panama City. Experience how the locks work firsthand aboard a boat; tour includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$180,00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Panama Canal Layover Tour

Got a layover in the Panama City airport? This 3-hour tour allows you to use that time to experience the Panama Canal including transportation and a guided tour of the Miraflores Visitor Center. See ships passing through canal locks and learn about canal construction and history before returning to the airport to catch your flight.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$80,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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5-Hour Tour of Panama City, Panama from Tocumen Airport

Layovers happen. Travelers in Panama City, Panama can make the most of that time with this 5-hour tour of the city, including the Panama Canal, from the Tocumen Airport. Watch massive ships pass through locks on the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitor Center. Explore the historic streets and churches in the hip Casco Viejo neighborhood. Admire the city skyline from the Amador Causeway.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour

See the Panama Canal and Panama City’s UNESCO-listed, historic center on a 4-hour tour of Panama City that includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel. Watch ships passing through the Miraflores Locks, follow the Amador Causeway for views back towards downtown Panama City, then see the colonial-era architecture of Casco Viejo.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$52,50
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Panama City, Panama

Cover four top destinations in Panama City, Panama in one full-day tour. Get an up-close view of ships in the Panama Canal as they rise and lower more than 50 feet through the Miraflores lock. Tour of the Panama Viejo archaeological site. Get views of the city skyline from the Amador Causeway. Then explore the historic streets of the chic Casco Viejo neighborhood.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$125,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Parque Natural Metropolitano and Ancon Hill Tour from Panama City

Explore a tropical forest in the heart of Panama City on a half-day walking tour through the Parque Natural Metropolitano and Ancon Hill. Watch for sloths, monkeys and tree frogs as you hike through the lush jungle, and learn the names for Panama’s native plants and animals. Take in sweeping views of the capital from the top of Ancon Hill, see flocks of birds erupt from the foliage and experience the tranquility of Panama City’s only wildlife refuge. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$191,99
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Panama City Tour

Get a personalized introduction to Panama City on a 5-hour, private tour that includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel. See the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal, drive the Amador Causeway to a trio of of tiny islands, then explore the UNESCO-listed neighborhood of Casco Viejo.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$110,00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Panama Canal and City Sightseeing Tour

Visit Panamá City's highlights and landmarks on this 6-hour comprehensive sightseeing tour. Stop at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center to get an up-close view of boats passing through the canal's locks. Eat lunch on the Causeway of Amador, where a narrow strip of land connects 3 islands in the Bay of Panamá. Explore the Casco Viejo neighborhood of the city to admire the spectacular examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Drive down Balboa Avenue into downtown Panamá for great views of the city skyline. Along the way, learn about the intricacies of Panamanian culture, history and traditions from your local guide. Round-trip transportation from Panamá City hotels is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$200,00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Luxury 3 Night Vacation with Hotel, Tours, and Shopping in Panama City, Panama

This four-day package delivers a luxury "express" vacation in Panama City, Panama without all the planning. Private airport transfers and a five-star hotel with breakfast are included. Guided sightseeing includes watching ships pass through the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitor Center, city views from the Amador Causeway, and the architecture of the hip Casco Viejo neighborhood, plus a full day of shopping with a car and driver.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$499,00
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Panama Canal through the Chagres River

HIGHLIGHTS 7 nights all included packageEmbera Villages4x4, hiking, rafting, kayaking...Pristine Chagres National ParkPanama CanalPanama CanalForth San LorenzoCampingGateway: Panama City If you're an experienced sea kayaker looking for a trip that will test your skills and leave you satisfyingly exhausted, then you will enjoy a thorough exploration of the Chagres River in a small group of people, from beginning to end. A dam at the river's northern terminus, just before it meets the Atlantic Ocean, forms Gatun Lake, which makes up the main body of the Panama Canal. You'll hear the roar of howler monkeys from the vast jungle on your left and spot giant ships from a safe distance on your right as you paddle the length of Gatun Lake, sleeping as a guest in the huts of indigenous Embera tribes and wilderness camps along the way.
  • Duration: 8 days
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US$1 850,00
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7-Nights Low Cost San Blas Islands

Visit Panama City and the San Blas Islands on a 7-night trip that combines Panama’s vibrant capital and a remote archipelago of tropical islands. With the logistics of accommodations and ground transfers taken care of, as well as meals in the San Blas Islands, you’ll have the flexibility to explore on your own or join guided tours; airport car service upon arrival and departure ensures a stress-free escape.
  • Duration: 8 days
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US$889,00
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  • Duration: 8 days
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