Despite taking just three hours to connect passengers to Talkeetna from Anchorage, this train route is packed with both history and scenery. The onboard hosts on private Wilderness Express train cars narrate the whole way, naming passing mountains and rivers, spotting wildlife, and telling the fascinating history of this Alaskan corridor. With so much to see and learn, the train ride ends-too quickly, for many-at about 11:05 AM.
Every passenger enjoys a view.
Wilderness Express train cars have two levels. The upper level has all passenger seating and full-length dome windows. Every passenger enjoys a view. Each seat also reclines and is equipped with power outlets and fold-down tray tables. Attendants provide bar service direct to passenger seats.
An outdoor viewing platform and dining area are located on the lower level. The Wilderness Express offers what many passengers call the best dining experience on the rails. On this Talkeetna route, onboard chefs prepare breakfast. Along with breakfast cocktails and coffee, the morning menu features favorites like Mountain Blueberry Pancakes, locally grown cream of barley, and a Hearty Miner's Breakfast. Passengers can expect to pay $10 to $16 for breakfast. A full bar in the second-level seating area also serves breakfast cocktails, wine, and locally crafted 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.
Passengers can transfer to the Anchorage Depot by taxi, rideshare, or hotel shuttle (where available). Upon arrival into Talkeetna, guests are met at the depot by local hotel shuttles.
Anchorage Train Depot 411 West 1st Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501