Alaska Railroad Schedule and Rates
The Alaska Railroad offers a number of routes including the Denali Star which runs north from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Fairbanks, and the Coastal Classic which runs south from Anchorage to Seward. Service from Anchorage to Whittier is also available, great for cruise ship transfers. Below you will find description of each service along with Alaska Railroad schedules and rates.
Alaska Railroad Denali Star
The Denali Star rail route travels north of Anchorage along the Knik Arm and through the towns of Wasilla and Talkeetna. Heading north from Talkeetna you will pass over Hurricane Gulch and through Broad Pass before arriving at the railroad station at Denali National Park. The bridge at Hurricane spans 918 feet, some 296 feet over the Chulitna River. Your trip from Denali Park to Fairbanks will take you through Healy and Nenana and several other small communities. The entire railroad trip spans over 350 miles and takes 12 hours. Nearly everyone breaks the train trip up and stays in Denali National Park or Talkeetna for a few nights. Your railroad journey offers a number of great views of Mt. Denali, and an excellent chance to see wildlife such as moose, bald eagles, and bear.
Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic
The Coastal Classic rail route travels south of Anchorage along the spectacular Turnagain Arm then rises through the Kenai Peninsula's scenic Turnagain and Moose Passes before arriving in the quaint seaside town of Seward. The train travels roughly 130 miles in each direction and takes about four hours one-way. On your trip you will have an excellent chance to see glaciers and wildlife such as moose, Dall Sheep, and beluga whales. Many people overnight in Seward to enjoy a cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park and a walk to the face of Exit Glacier.
In addition, for passengers departing Whittier by cruise ship we also offer Alaska Railroad service from Anchorage to Whittier. This trip has a convenient 9:45am departure time and will drop you off right at the cruise ship terminal in Whittier. Park Connection bus service from Anchorage to Whittier and Whittier to Anchorage is also available for cruise passengers. See more information on our Alaska Cruise Transfers page.
If you would like check availability or get more information on a particular Alaska Railroad run, please select the event from our Alaska Transportation page.
The first rate shown for each trip is the standard or Adventure Class rate, followed by the GoldStar rate. The GoldStar Dome Service is the top-of-the-line rail service featuring the newest full dome rail cars, the largest picture windows and the finest dining options with all-inclusive meals. You can read more about your options here. Peak season runs from June 1st through August 31st. Children under 12 travel at 50% off the adult price listed for Adventure Class, while child rates for the GoldStar vary so select a link below for the price. Rates & availability are subject to change without notice. Advance reservations required.
For reservations or more information check out the list of individual Alaska Railroad segments below or submit a reservation request, use your MyAlaska Trip Planner, contact us online or give us a call toll-free at 800-208-0200.