Alaska Railroad Dining

One of the many pleasures of traveling by train in Alaska is enjoying a snack or full meal alongside picture windows as the scenery passes along. To satisfy that craving for food with a view, the Alaska Railroad offers two onboard dining options: The Wilderness Cafe and the GoldStar Dining Room.

The casual Wilderness Cafe snack bar car offers grab-and-go refreshments like baked goods, salads, sandwiches, and both non-alcoholic and adult beverages. The Wilderness Cafe is available on all Alaska Railroad routes and in some cases includes table seating. Note that all trains are cashless, so be sure to bring a credit or debit card for onboard purchases.

Sit-down dining aboard Alaska trains is available in the GoldStar Dining Room for GoldStar ticketed passengers. Meals, all non-alcoholic drinks, and two adult beverages are included in the ticket price. Depending on the route, the dining room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are prepared onboard and oftentimes feature local produce and ingredients. The drink menu includes craft beer, wine, and signature cocktails. The dining room is equipped with four-person booths and picture windows. Sit-down dining is available on the Coastal Classic and Denali Star trains. It is not available on the Glacier Discovery route.

Follow these links if you would like to see a sample of the most recent Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic and Denali Star menus.

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The Wilderness Express and McKinley Explorer dome trains feature their own unique menus. These specialty train services have private dining rooms in the lower level of each car, plus a bar in the upper-level passenger seating area. The Wilderness Express, which travels between Anchorage and Fairbanks with stops in Talkeetna and Denali National Park, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The McKinley Explorer operates on a slightly different schedule and does not travel to Fairbanks, so passengers enjoy breakfast, lunch, and hearty afternoon snacks. To read more about their delicious offerings, check out our Wilderness Express Train Dining and McKinley Explorer Train Dining pages.

If you'd like more information about Alaska Railroad ticketing options, please visit our Adventure Class and GoldStar Dome pages, or try our Alaska Transportation Finder feature. Are you ready to purchase Alaska railroad tickets? You can book online using our Train & Bus Express Checkout tool or call us at 800-208-0200.

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