Long before the Parks Highway linked the larger towns in Alaska, the Alaska Railroad was the most efficient and comfortable way to travel in the winter. Modern train passengers will find the same is true today.
The river below a tumble of frozen rapids.
The route begins in the rolling tundra and spruce forests south of Fairbanks. Then, as the rail nears the Denali park area, it enters the steep Nenana River Gorge. The views along this twisting track make for great photos, especially with the gorge encrusted in ice and river below a tumble of frozen rapids. After a stop at the historic Denali Depot, the train heads on again. It crosses the Hurricane Gulch bridge and passes to the east of Kesugi Ridge, one of the more remote sections of track. After here the route draws nearest close to Denali, at one point coming within 40 miles of the summit, before ending in Talkeetna.
The Alaska Railroad only offers Adventure Class on the Aurora Winter Train. Passengers enjoy spacious cars with tall windows and large forward-facing seats and the ability to easily walk between different cars on the train. Although there is no dining car on the Aurora Winter Train, hearty hot and cold food, drinks, and adult beverages are available for purchase onboard in the Wilderness Café.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a government issued photo ID for checking in and a credit or debit card for onboard purchases (cash not accepted). Don't forget a camera. It is also a good idea to keep your coat with you while on board.
Check in at the depot with a valid government issued photo ID one hour prior to departure. Boarding passes with seat assignments will be issued then. All passengers are assigned seats by the Alaska Railroad upon check in at the depot. The Alaska Railroad offers checked baggage service. Passengers are allowed two checked bags plus one carry on, with dimension and weight restrictions like those of airlines. The Alaska Railroad charges $20 per item for oversized or excess baggage.
Fairbanks Train Depot
1031 Alaska Railroad Depot Road
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Talkeetna Train Depot
Mile 13.5 Talkeetna Spur Road
Talkeetna, AK 99676
RATES & DATES
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Child rates apply to children under the age of 12. Infants under the age of 2 may travel for free but must sit on an adult's lap.
|2/1/22 (Tu) to 4/1/22 (F)2/1/22 (Tu) to 4/1/22 (F)||Adult: $144.00||Child: $72.00||Infant: $0.00|
|4/2/22 (Sa) to 5/8/22 (Su)4/2/22 (Sa) to 5/8/22 (Su)||Adult: $137.00||Child: $69.00||Infant: $0.00|
|The rates above are subject to change without notice.|
Departure times and locations are listed below. Click on a link for an interactive map.
|Depart: 8:30 AM||Location: Fairbanks Train Depot|
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- Price From $137
- Duration 8.5 Hours
- Departs 8:30 AM
- Operating Dates Daily from 2/1/2022 to 5/8/2022