Often the last cars on the train, Wilderness Express railcars allow passengers to enjoy exceptional views and photo opportunities on this scenic southbound route. The journey starts at the Denali Depot where passengers bid adieu to the national park. A view of Mt. Denali is slowly revealed on clear days as the track winds closer to the range. After crossing Hurricane Gulch and the Susitna River, the train stops briefly in Talkeetna. The remaining miles of rail pass through spruce forest and wide glacial river valleys before pulling into the Anchorage Depot at 8 PM.
Reclining leather seats under full-length dome windows.
Wilderness Express train cars have two levels, with all passenger seating located on the second level underneath full-length dome windows. Reclining leather seats, pleasantly wide and comfortable, are 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. The Wilderness Express offers a superb dining experience, with onboard chefs freshly preparing lunch and dinner on the ride to Anchorage. The lunch menu includes a selection of sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Dinner features signature specialties like Halibut Supreme and hearty Reindeer Sausage Pasta, along with a fine list of desserts and coffee cocktails to finish the meal. Gluten free and vegetarian options are readily available. Passengers can expect to pay $12 to $16 for lunch, and $17 to $30 for dinner. A full bar in the second-level seating area also serves wine, cocktails, 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.
Most Denali Park area hotels provide transportation to the Denali Depot as well as luggage service. Upon arrival into Anchorage, passengers can transfer to their next destination by taxi, rideshare, or hotel shuttle (where available).
Denali Train Depot Mile 1.5 Denali National Park Road Denali Park, AK 99755
Anchorage Train Depot 411 West 1st Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501
Rates & Dates
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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.
Rates & Dates
5/15/23 (M) to 5/31/23 (W)5/15/23 (M) to 5/31/23 (W)
6/1/23 (Th) to 8/31/23 (Th)6/1/23 (Th) to 8/31/23 (Th)
9/1/23 (F) to 9/16/23 (Sa)9/1/23 (F) to 9/16/23 (Sa)
The rates above are subject to change without notice.
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