After a day of tours, hikes, or flightseeing excursions, the Wilderness Express private train service offers passengers a relaxing ride from Talkeetna to Anchorage. The train route takes just over three hours. Within that time, passengers are treated to some of the best Alaska Range views on the rail, narration by onboard tour guides, and convenient seat-side bar service.
A relaxing ride after a day of Alaskan excursions.
Wilderness Express train cars have two levels. All passengers have reserved seats on the upper level, which features reclining leather seats and is equipped with power outlets and fold-down tray tables. The upper level is lined with large dome windows so that every passenger enjoys a view from their seat. Passengers who'd like to take in the sights from outside can head to the outdoor viewing platform on the lower level.
The lower level also houses the car's private dining area. On this brief route to Anchorage, chefs prepare a full-service dinner. The menu offers signature specialties like Halibut Supreme, prime rib cooked to order, and hearty Reindeer Sausage Pasta, along with a many desserts and coffee cocktails to finish the meal. Gluten free and vegetarian options are readily available. Passengers can expect to pay $17 to $30 per entrée. A full bar in the second-level seating area also serves wine, cocktails, 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.
Passengers can transfer to the Talkeetna Depot by local hotel shuttles. Upon arrival into Anchorage, passengers can transfer to their next destination by taxi, rideshare, or hotel shuttle (where available).