For those who love to travel by rail, riding the 350 miles of scenic track connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks is an essential train trip. Taking that trip aboard a premium Wilderness Express railcar makes it even more memorable. The route features stunning views of the Alaska Range, exciting traverses through river canyons and over gorges, and ever-changing landscapes that define Alaska's vast, wild beauty.
Ever-changing landscapes that define Alaska's vast, wild beauty.
Wilderness Express train cars have two levels, with all passenger seating on an upper level lined with full-length dome windows. All seats recline and come equipped with power outlets and fold-down tray tables. A car attendant provides bar service direct to passenger seats.
An outdoor viewing platform and dining area are located on the lower level. Guests on this full-day train trip can enjoy a superior dining experience as onboard chefs expertly prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the ride to Fairbanks. The morning menu features favorites like blueberry pancakes and veggie scrambles. The lunch menu includes a selection of sandwiches, wraps, and salads. The menu for dinner includes prime rib, local seafood, roasted chicken, and pasta entrees along with soup and salad starters and a truly decadent lineup of desserts. Vegetarian and gluten free options are readily available. Passengers can expect to pay $10 to $16 for breakfast, $13 to $16 for lunch, and $17 to $30 per dinner entree. A full bar in the second-level seating area also serves cocktails, wine, and local craft beer.
Wilderness Express railcars are locally owned and operated by a leading Alaska-based tour company. The railcars are used by cruise lines and escorted tours, but they also welcome independent travelers. The Wilderness Express offers adult and child rates, making this a more affordable premier rail option for families traveling with kids age 2 to 11.
What to Bring
Bring a camera, medications, and government issued photo ID. Bring a credit card for additional on-board purchases (cash not accepted). It is a good idea to dress in layers as it is often chilly on the outside viewing platform.
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. The Wilderness Express offers checked baggage service. Passengers are allowed two checked bags plus one carry on, with dimension and weight restrictions like those of airlines. The railroad charges $20 per item for oversized or excess baggage.
Many Anchorage area hotels provide transportation to the Anchorage Depot. Upon arrival into Fairbanks, passengers can transfer to their next destination by taxi, rideshare, or hotel shuttle (where available).
Anchorage Train Depot 411 West 1st Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501