Train riding into the sunset along the Turnagain Arm.

Alaska Trains

Ride the rails for one of Alaska’s most popular vacation experiences.

Exterior view of the GoldStar Dome.

Alaska Trains

Ride the rails for one of Alaska’s most popular vacation experiences.

McKinley Explorer crossing Riley Creek.

Alaska Trains

Ride the rails for one of Alaska’s most popular vacation experiences.

Alaska Trains

Most people are surprised to learn of the number of different train supplier, route, and class of service options available in Alaska. One of the great features of AlaskaTravel.com is the ability to browse live inventory and rates for all of Alaska's most popular train options. In fact, if you are ready to book train or bus seats now, you can easily do that with our Train & Bus Express Checkout.

The Alaska Railroad is the star of the show. It runs several popular summertime train options. North of Anchorage, the Denali Star offers service between Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks. To the south, the Coastal Classic train travels from Anchorage to Seward, while the Glacier Discovery train operates between Anchorage, Whittier, and Grandview. All Alaska Railroad trains offer their standard Adventure Class service. Denali Star and Coastal Classic trains also have GoldStar Dome Service complete with reserved dome seating, open air viewing platforms, and included gourmet meal service.

The Wilderness Express features luxury dome railcars. It is privately owned and operated by a local Alaskan travel company. Generally, these railcars make up the last two cars in each direction on the Denali Star train. The Wilderness Express is a great value for travelers looking to upgrade to dome service. Although meals are not included, the quality and amenities of the railcars are similar to the GoldStar Dome, with ticket prices often closer to Adventure Class.

The McKinley Explorer is another privately operated dome railcar option. This service only runs between Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park. It also operates on a slightly different schedule, making it a good choice for travelers who want to arrive in Anchorage earlier than the Denali Star train.

Tip: To quickly find the best train option for your party, visit our Alaska Transportation Finder.

If you are researching train service in Alaska, you have likely read about the Park Connection. It's actually not a train at all. The Park Connection Motorcoach offers bus service between Anchorage, Denali Park, Talkeetna, Seward, and Whittier. The vast majority of our rail guests that travel roundtrip to a destination combine both the train and the bus. Traveling one direction by bus will save you time, money, and allow for new scenery along the way. The Park Connection Motorcoach is also unique among scheduled transportation options in that it provides same-day travel between Denali Park or Talkeetna and Seward or Whittier. If you were to utilize scheduled train service, it would require an additional overnight in Anchorage.

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What is the White Pass Railroad? The White Pass Railroad departs Skagway for day trips up to the Yukon Territory. One of the most popular ways to experience this trip is on a shore excursion from an Alaska cruise from Vancouver or Seattle.

Can I take a train to Alaska? This is a very common question and the answer, unfortunately, is no. While there has been some talk of connecting the Alaska Railroad with rail service through Canada, it is currently not an option.

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Alaska Trains