The Alaska Railroad provides year-round rail transportation throughout Southcentral and Interior Alaska, traversing almost 500 miles of remote and wild landscapes and safely bringing more than 500,000 passengers to Railbelt destinations each year.
Denali Star: The Alaska Railroad's flagship Denali Star Train links Anchorage and Fairbanks with stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali National Park. The 572-kilometre route features spectacular scenery including Hurricane Gulch, where you will travel across one of the world’s largest single-span bridges; Broad Pass, as the tracks traverse the Alaska Range; and on a clear day, incredible views of Denali, North America’s tallest peak. Travelling from Anchorage to Denali National Park is the most popular Alaska Railroad route, and you can choose from two classes of passenger service: Adventure Class or GoldStar Service. GoldStar Service features bi-level, glass-domed railcars and includes meals in the full-service dining room. Available mid-May to midSeptember.
Coastal Classic: The Coastal Classic Train is a local favourite, providing daily round-trip service between Anchorage and Seward. A string of massive glaciers visible only from the train enhances the journey as you travel south to Seward on the shores of Resurrection Bay – gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, whale watching and tidewater glacier viewing, or you can enjoy a summer dog sled ride. Two levels of passenger service are available on the Coastal Classic: Adventure Class and GoldStar Service. GoldStar Service features bi-level railcars with glass-dome ceilings and an exclusive outdoor viewing platform – an excellent vantage point to see the most beautiful stretch of the Alaska Railroad – and includes full-service sit down dining with a view. Depart from either Seward or Anchorage; runs mid-May to mid-September.
Glacier Discovery: Departing from Anchorage, the Glacier Discovery Train travels south along the shore of Turnagain Arm. This area is part of the Chugach National Forest, the second largest in the United States. After stopping at the resort town of Girdwood, the train leaves the main track for the journey through a mountain tunnel to the port of Whittier – the gateway to Prince William Sound – where many passengers board day cruises to view glaciers and marine wildlife. The train continues south to the Placer Valley, an area only accessible by train. Disembark at Spencer Glacier and join a guided rafting or kayaking trip among the icebergs on Spencer Lake, or a hike with a Forest Service Ranger. Or, stay on board the train and enjoy views of the scenic glaciers in Grandview. Daily round-trip service late May to mid-September.