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Alaska Railroad Schedule and Rates

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. McKinley, and an excellent chance to see wildlife such as moose, bald eagles, and bear.

Denali Star Schedule 2014

Northbound Schedule (5/14 to 9/13) Southbound Schedule (5/15 to 9/14)
8:15am - Depart Anchorage 8:15am - Depart Fairbanks
11:05am - Arrive Talkeetna 12:10pm - Arrive Denali Park
3:40pm - Arrive Denali Park 4:40pm - Arrive Talkeetna
8:00pm - Arrive Fairbanks 8:00pm - Arrive Anchorage

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.

Coastal Classic Schedule 2014 (5/10 to 9/14)

Southbound Schedule Northbound Schedule
6:45am - Depart Anchorage 6:00pm - Depart Seward
11:05am - Arrive Seward 10:15pm - Arrive Anchorage

In addition, for passengers departing Whittier by cruise ship we also offer Alaska Railroad service from Anchorage to Whittier. This trip has a convenient 10:00am 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.

Alaska Railroad 2014 Rates - Peak Season

Location Fairbanks Denali Talkeetna Anchorage Seward Whittier
Fairbanks   $68 $131 $224    
Denali $68   $89 $156    
Talkeetna $131 $89   $95    
Anchorage $224 $156 $95   $85 $74
Seward       $85    

Alaska Railroad 2014 Rates - Value Season

Location Fairbanks Denali Talkeetna Anchorage Seward Whittier
Fairbanks   $53 $105 $179    
Denali $53   $72 $124    
Talkeetna $105 $76   $76    
Anchorage $179 $124 $76   $85 $74
Seward       $85    

Rates shown are for standard Alaska Railroad Adventure Class service. On the Denali Star and Coastal Classic you can also choose the Alaska Railroad GoldStar dome service for an additional $85 on most runs ($110 between Anchorage and Fairbanks, $55 between Anchorage and Seward or Denali and Fairbanks). Peak season runs from May 31st through August 31st. Children under 12 travel at 50% off the adult price listed. 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.

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