Complete Denali Park Transportation
Denali National Park is about 240 road miles north of Anchorage and roughly 120 miles south of Fairbanks, connected primarily by the George Parks Highway. The Parks Highway is generally in pretty good shape by Alaska standards... all paved, one lane in each direction for most of the trip, with passing lanes and multiple lanes on some sections. Highway speeds of 60 to 65 miles per hours are typical. Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali Park and Fairbanks are also linked by the Alaska Railroad. Air service to Denali Park is limited, so most folks take the train, the Park Connection motor coach, a combination of the two, or they rent a car in Anchorage or Fairbanks and drive themselves. Here is a quick overview of those Denali National Park transportation options, along with links for additional information.
The Alaska Railroad departs Anchorage daily at 8:15am, stops in Talkeetna at about 11:05am, Denali Park at about 3:45pm, then continues on to Fairbanks arriving at about 8:15pm. The southbound train from Fairbanks to Anchorage has a similar schedule and stops in Denali around 12:15pm. Follow the links below for more information on Alaska Railroad schedule and rates. There are several different options including the standard Alaska Railroad adventure class service, the gold star dome cars and private dome railcars... all of which operate on the same actual train. See our Alaska Train Finder to see which level of service is right for you.
Alaska Tour & Travel operates a deluxe motorcoach line called the Park Connection that offers daily summer service between Denali Park, Talkeetna, Anchorage, Seward and Whittier (cruise ship days only). There are a couple of unique features of the Park Connection Motorcoach. First, we offer two trips each day to Denali Park from Anchorage so you can depart either destination morning or afternoon. Second, you can travel between Denali or Talkeetna and Seward or Whittier in one day in either direction. No need for an extra overnight in Anchorage like with the train or other bus lines. See the links below for our full schedule and rates. As we mentioned above, the vast majority of our clients combine a trip on the Alaska Railroad in one direction with trip on the Park Connection in the other. In addition to seeing the scenery from a different route and perspective... the Park Connection travels the same distance as the train in less time, is less expensive and even make photo stops! The Alaska Railroad and the Park Connection Motorcoach... truly the best of both worlds.
Another common approach is to rent a car in Anchorage or Fairbanks and drive yourself to Denali Park. Most folks pick up their rental cars in Anchorage as that community is really the hub for air travel flying into or out of Alaska, and is also convenient for cruise ship arrivals or departures from nearby Seward and Whittier. Most of the major rental car companies are represented at the Anchorage airport. We work with a long time locally owned national franchisee, and you can follow the link below to see our competitive rates and specials. Here is a tip to remember, you may be able to pick up or drop off your car at an off airport location for significant savings on airport related taxes and fees. We also have a Whittier Alaska rental car special for those passengers arriving or departing Whittier by cruise ship.
We invite you to browse our Complete Denali section by following the links below. But, of course, you can always give us a call at 800.208.0200, contact us by email, online, or try out our trip finder or trip builder. We are here to help you plan your Denali Park vacation!
Did you know? Alaska Tour & Travel is the largest reseller of independent Alaska Railroad seats, and no one offers lower rates on the Alaska Railroad.