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Miraflores Locks

Miraflores Locks

Panama Canal, Eastern Shore, Panama

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.

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Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour
Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour
$66.67 per adult
Traveler Favorite
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Panama for the first time.So much better then what my hotel offer
Toni, our guide made the whole process seamless. Very knowledgeable. The canal was impressive the other sites were beautiful.
CHRESAFIS_P, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Panama City

star-5
Tony was awesome!
Kevin_W, Jul 2022
Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour
Tony was amazing. He took awesome care of us and his knowledge of the city was amazing. Highly recommend him.
star-4
I really liked the tour...
MariaFernanda_M, Jul 2022
Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour
I really liked the tour and Tony was very knowledgeable, however, the only con is that in the website it said that lunch and tickets to the Panama Canal, but we had to pay for it so thought the price was expensive for jot including this.
star-5
Panama city tour
Heidi_O, Apr 2022
Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour
Tony was great in showing us the Canal zone, Old Town and Miraflores locks. He provided interesting facts about all the places we visited. Great experience, don't miss out on this opportunity.
star-5
Best Panama canal and Panama City tour program from Colon + Excellent tour guide
Taehwan_K, May 2022
Cruiseline Excursion Colon: Panama City tour and Miraflores Locks
Excellent Must-to-do tour from Colon to Panama. One of the best tour guide, "Sandiago" I met so far. He is young, but very professional and with good patience! If anyone considers Panama canal lock and Panama city tour from Colon, I strongly recommend to use this tour program instead of direct booking from Cruise ship.
star-5
Awesome tour.
Charles_T, May 2022
Cruiseline Excursion Colon: Panama City tour and Miraflores Locks
Santigo made our Panama tour the best. He was very knowledgeable and knew just what we wanted to see and do. Best tour on whole trip.
star-5
Informative and great value
Dawn_W, Jul 2022
Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour
Seeing the locks in action was definitely the highlight of the trip. Our guide Tony spoke excellent Englush and was very knowledgeable, not only about the canal but about Panama in general. He was friendly, helpful and courteous. Tony was very flexible in working around the weather and a strike that was going on. This was a great value and we would highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Extremely enjoyable!
Mary_E, Jun 2022
Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour
Touring city information given by guide very knowledgeable. View of 🚢 going through locks! Knew lots of history having lived here many years.
star-4
Locks and more
Octavia_W, Feb 2022
Panama City Tour and Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks)
I really liked my excursion. Fairly priced for the things I experienced. I would have rated five stars if the cost of the Locks were included (cost was ONLY for a reservation NOT a ticket) and if my tour guide spoke a bit more English.
star-5
Fun tour
Perl_J, Apr 2022
Cruiseline Excursion Colon: Panama City tour and Miraflores Locks
Santiago is simply wonderful. Very knowledgeable, charming and accommodating. This is one of the best tours and the first we had giving us not only water but also local beer on the bus. They also gave us the sweetest pineapples!!! The ride to the locks was long but Santiago made it fun
star-5
Miraflores Locks
John_D, Nov 2019
Reopened Panama Canal Miraflores Locks, City Tour and taste of Geisha Coffee.
Omg, I had an amazing time with my tour guide Benjamin. He is well knowledge on the history of the canal. My private tour included a visit to the Miraflores Locks, The Coastway, and Casco Viejo which was amazing for photography. At the canal, you must watch the IMAX movie about the history of the canal it’s worth the cost.
star-5
Santiago is the best. He...
Shirley_H, Apr 2022
Cruiseline Excursion Colon: Panama City tour and Miraflores Locks
Santiago is the best. He doesn’t rush you He gave us plenty of time to take pictures and roam around
star-5
Loved it
Riccy_M, Apr 2022
Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour
Nice tour, good guide. Recommended 👌🏻 Beautiful places. Loved it. They pick you up, comfortable ride, perfect for anyone
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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