Featuring reserved upper-level seating, an outdoor viewing platform, and narration by an onboard tour guide, the Wilderness Express private service is an ideal way to ride to the end of the Alaska train line in Fairbanks. The route takes passengers along cliffsides in the Nenana River Canyon and out into the high tundra of Alaska's interior. Along the way, the train passes historical landmarks and remote villages, braided rivers and gold mine trails. The Wilderness Express arrives into Fairbanks around 8 PM.
An ideal way to ride to the end of the line.
Wilderness Express train cars have two levels. The private dining area and small outdoor platform are on the lower level. All passenger seating is on the upper level under full-length dome windows. The car's reclining leather seats are equipped with power outlets and fold-down tray tables. A car attendant provides bar service direct to passenger seats.
The Wilderness Express offers a pleasant dining experience, with onboard chefs cooking delicious entrees on this evening trip to Fairbanks. The menu includes prime rib, halibut, roasted chicken, and pasta entrees, along with soup and salad appetizers and a truly decadent lineup of desserts. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available. Passengers can expect to pay $17 to $30 per entree. A full bar in the upper seating area also serves cocktails, locally crafted beer, and wine throughout the train ride.
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 and lodges provide transportation to the Denali Depot. Upon arrival into Fairbanks, 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
Fairbanks Train Depot 1745 Johansen Expressway Fairbanks, AK 99701
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
5/14/23 (Su) to 5/31/23 (W)5/14/23 (Su) 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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