Leaving Talkeetna around midday, the train to Fairbanks slowly winds its way north along the Susitna River and the east side of east side of Kesugi Ridge. There are a handful of homesteads through this remote, densely forested landscape. It's not uncommon for the train to make a flag stop to let residents on and off. The nearest road is the Parks Highway, many miles away on the other side of the ridge.
Above a frozen cascade lined by iced cliffsides
Making its way up and over Broad Pass and pausing briefly at the Denali Depot, the train enters the Nenana River Canyon. It's a popular spot for whitewater rafting in summer, but in the winter it's a frozen cascade lined by iced cliffsides. Before reaching Fairbanks, the train crosses the Tanana River on one of the world's longest single-span bridges. The remainder of the route passes through moonlit tundra and forested hills before ending at the Fairbanks Depot around 8:30 PM.
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.
Talkeetna Train Depot
Mile 13.5 Talkeetna Spur Road
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Fairbanks Train Depot
1031 Alaska Railroad Depot Road
Fairbanks, AK 99701
RATES & DATES
Here are the rates and operating dates for this product. Remember, we have a lowest price guarantee for nearly everything we sell.
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.
|2/1/23 (W) to 3/31/23 (F)2/1/23 (W) to 3/31/23 (F)||Adult: $151.00||Child: $76.00||Infant: $0.00|
|4/1/23 (Sa) to 5/6/23 (Sa)4/1/23 (Sa) to 5/6/23 (Sa)||Adult: $140.00||Child: $70.00||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: 11:25 AM||Location: Talkeetna Train Depot|
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- Price From $140
- Duration 8.5 Hours
- Departs 11:25 AM
- Operating Dates Daily from 2/1/2023 to 5/6/2023