Rail Travel in Alaska

The Alaska Railroad’s main line stretches 470 miles from Seward to Fairbanks, connecting communities all along Southcentral and Interior Alaska. The main line was completed in 1923 after 9 years of construction; President Warren G. Harding traveled to Alaska for the occasion and personally drove in the Golden Spike to finish the job. In 1943, the Railroad completed a 12-mile spur to the tiny port town of Whittier.
In total, the Alaska Railroad provides regularly scheduled passenger service along 482 miles of track – an expanse greater than the distance between Boston and Washington, D.C.

Alaska is full of wide-open spaces and, being one of Americas least populated states, you’ll enjoy the tranquillity  that comes from exploring the diverse nature and wildlife in this fantastic location.
You be treated to sweeping vistas and have the chance to spot wildlife along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles soaring above, moose strolling through meadows, and bears fishing for salmon in crystal-clear streams. 

The Alaska Railroad operates year round, with scheduled serviced varying seasonally: the busy summer season stretches from mid-May to mid-September, while the quieter winter schedule spans mid-September to mid-May.











Coastal Classic
A convenient round-trip schedule and picturesque landscapes along the route make the Coastal Classic Train a local favourite. From Anchorage, the train winds along Turnagain Arm and through the backcountry wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula; massive glaciers and towering waterfalls can be seen along the way. Upon reaching Seward, the train comes to a halt on the shores of Resurrection Bay, offering easy connections to Kenai Fjords National Park. A seven-hour layover allows plenty of time in Seward before the return rail journey to Anchorage that evening
Onboard services: GoldStar Service or Adventure Class. Dining car, baggage service (Anchorage and Seward only), non-smoking cars, wheelchair access.











Denali Star
The Alaska Railroad’s flagship train. Each day in the summer,the Denali Star departs Anchorage for the 12-hour journey north to Fairbanks, while a sister train inFairbanks makes the same trip in the reverse. Along the way, the Denali Star stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali National Park. On a clear day, passengers enjoy spectacular views of the train’s namesake mountain: Denali, the tallest peak in North America.
Onboard services: GoldStar Service or Adventure Class. Dining car, baggage service (Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks only), non-smoking cars, wheelchair access.

Glacier Discovery
A variety of destinations and a convenient round-trip schedule make the Glacier Discovery Train ideally suited for day trips from Anchorage. Traveling south from Anchorage, the train makes a brief stop in Girdwood, before continuing on to Whittier, Portage, the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop and Grandview. On the return journey, Anchorage and Girdwood-bound passengers may opt to disembark at Portage 2 for a direct motorcoach transfer, or stay on the train for the more lengthy journey including a stop in Whittier.
Onboard services: Adventure Class only. Dining car, baggage service (Anchorage only), non-smoking cars, wheelchair access.

Hurricane Turn
The Hurricane Turn Train serves as a lifeline for Alaskans living off the road system in the backcountry wilderness north of Talkeetna. In the summer, the Hurricane operates Thursday through Monday, departing Talkeetna and providing flagstop service along the way to the turnaround point of Hurricane Gulch. The Winter Hurricane operates on the first Thursday of the month October – May, departing from Anchorage and making the round-trip journey to Hurricane Gulch. Please note that there is no dining service aboard the Hurricane Turn Train; guests are encouraged to bring their own food and beverage aboard.
Onboard services: Adventure Class only. Non-smoking cars, wheelchair access (Summer: Talkeetna only. Winter: Anchorage, Wasilla, Talkeetna only).

Aurora Winter
Experience the serenity of backcountry Alaska in winter from the comfort of a warm railcar. The Aurora Winter Train operates from mid-September to mid-May, connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks and providing flagstop service between Talkeetna and Hurricane. Due to the nature of flagstop service, the schedule may vary depending on the number of stops.
Onboard services: Adventure Class only. Dining car, baggage service (Anchorage and Fairbanks only), non-smoking cars, wheelchair access (Anchorage, Wasilla, Talkeetna and Fairbanks only).





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