Guests on the Denali Star can travel between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Talkeetna Transportation

Head to this charming Alaskan destination by way of the road or the rails.

Park Connection crossing Hurricane bridge on it's way to Denali.

Talkeetna Transportation

Head to this charming Alaskan destination by way of the road or the rails.

Enjoying fall colors on the Alaska Railroad.

Talkeetna Transportation

Head to this charming Alaskan destination by way of the road or the rails.

For nearly 40 years after the completion of the Alaska Railroad, Talkeetna was only reachable by rail. A spur road was built in 1962, giving visitors access by road as well.

Talkeetna is on the Alaska Railroad's Denali Star route. The town sees two Denali Star trains daily in the summer, one traveling north in the morning, and the other south in the afternoon. Both Adventure Class and GoldStar Dome tickets are available on the Denali Star.

Along with the Alaska Railroad, two private dome train services visit Talkeetna. The Wilderness Express runs on the Denali Star route and schedule, while the McKinley Explorer dome train follows an independent timetable. The northbound McKinley Explorer train arrives in Talkeetna at 12:15 PM. The southbound train departs at 1:55 PM. Times and route information are available on our Alaska Railroad schedule page.

Visitors can also take the Park Connection Motorcoach to Talkeetna. The luxury motorcoach service operates in Seward, Whittier, Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park and offers four daily departures and arrivals into the small town. If you're a cruise passenger trying to reach Talkeetna, the Park Connection provides the only same-day service from Whittier and Seward. Looking for a unique day trip out of Anchorage? Take the Talkeetna Express motorcoach. It arrives into town from Anchorage at 8:45 AM and departs at 5:30 PM, giving you the day to play. Check out our Transportation Finder to compare Talkeetna rail and bus options.

Because of its closeness to Denali and the Alaska Range mountains surrounding it, visitors regularly overnight in Talkeetna on their way to Denali National Park in order to fit in a Denali flightseeing trip. It's one of the most popular things to do in Talkeetna. You can use our Trip Finder tool to easily find vacation packages that include a stop in Talkeetna.

Talkeetna is quite small and its Main Street area is walkable. Accommodations like the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge provide shuttle service into town. Many local tour operators also provide hotel pickups.

Talkeetna Transportation