Railroad tracks near Anchorage Alaska at sunset.

Alaska Railroad

All aboard the Alaska Railroad for a journey as spectacular as the destination.

Alaska Railroad locomotives past Hurricane Gulch on the way to Denali National Park.

Alaska Railroad

All aboard the Alaska Railroad for a journey as spectacular as the destination.

Alaska Railroad train turning the bend.

Alaska Railroad

All aboard the Alaska Railroad for a journey as spectacular as the destination.

Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad stretches 470 miles from the Southcentral town of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula to the northern city of Fairbanks in Alaska's Interior. Along the way the train tracks travel through some of the most scenic and rugged territory in Alaska. It is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the Alaska wilderness. The Alaska Railroad operates a number of different trains, and most offer visitors different onboard service options.

You can easily browse Alaska Railroad schedules and rates, quickly check train options with our Alaska Transportation Finder, or keep reading for more details on the Alaska Railroad. If you are ready to book the train now, head directly to our Train & Bus Express Checkout.

The Alaska Railroad's flagship route is the Denali Star, which operates one train daily in each direction between Anchorage and Fairbanks. On the route you will travel along the magnificent Alaska Range, skirt Denali National Park, and travel practically in shadow of the highest mountain in North America. There are plenty of river crossings as well, including the 918-foot long Hurricane Gulch bridge. On both the northbound and southbound trains travelers can choose to ride in the standard Adventure Class, upgrade to the GoldStar Dome Service, or take the privately-operated Wilderness Express dome railcars. All three options are attached to the same locomotive, but the amenities and cost will vary depending on what service you choose.

Train service between Anchorage and Seward is offered on the Coastal Classic route. Both Adventure Class and GoldStar Dome Service options are available. Seward is known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, and day cruises to the park are on many travelers' "must see" lists. Your train trip to Seward will be spectacular as well, as you hug the coastline of the ever changing Turnagain Arm before traveling through the heart of the Chugach National Forest. This massive forest is about the size of New Hampshire, but only has 90 miles of forest service roads.

The train service from Anchorage to Whittier is called the Glacier Discovery route. Only Adventure Class is offered on this route. This train is great for passengers departing Whittier on an Alaska cruise to Vancouver, or for those exploring Prince William Sound on a day cruise. The Glacier Discovery continues on from Whittier up to Spencer Glacier and Grandview. This is a popular train day trip from Anchorage that allows for fun rafting and kayaking add-on excursions at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop.

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It may also be helpful to note that the Park Connection Motorcoach travels between most of the same destinations as the Alaska Railroad. Our roundtrip guests typically combine the bus and train to save time, money, and to see some additional scenery. The motorcoach schedule also offers the ability to travel between Denali Park or Talkeetna and Seward or Whittier in one day, while an overnight in Anchorage is required to travel these routes by train.

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Alaska Railroad