Travel Alaska the way it was meant to be traveled... by train!

While it is possible to get around Alaska by private vehicle, it is neither the easiest nor the preferred method. The Alaska Railroad has been serving guest and visitors to Alaska for nearly a century, and choosing to get around the great state of Alaska by rail will make your vacation more pleasant, hassle-free, and often less expensive than any automobile alternatives.

The Alaska Railroad provides options for basic travel between destinations for your convenience, as well as comprehensive packages that bring together the best travel, lodging and activity options into one simplified package, making your Alaska vacation not only simple to plan and execute, but also enjoyable and memorable.

Choose the option below that best fulfills your needs.


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Train Travel

Purchase train travel from Anchorage to Seward or Denali & from Fairbanks to Denali.

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Train Packages

Explore the many adventure packages that the Alaska Railroad provides!

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Explore Alaskan Railroad Travel Options on the Denali Star Train or Coastal Classic!

Travel Alaska on the Denali Star Train

Denali Star Train Route

The Denali Star Train travels from Anchorage to Fairbanks every day during the summertime, with stops at Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali National Park along the way. The daily travel schedule makes the train an ideal option for fitting easily into your schedule.

The Denali Star provides many different options that you can choose based on your time availability and travel desires. Anchorage-based passengers can easily pair day trips to Talkeetna with a train ride on the Denali Star, while Fairbanks-based passengers could easily utilize the Denali Star for daytrips down to Denali National Park, with a return trip back home to Fairbanks by evening.

If you’re not in a hurry and you want to experience more of what Alaska has to offer, you might even consider planning a multi-day trip along the Alaska rail-line with overnight stays along the way.

Click here for Denali Star train schedules & fares.

A Journey of Breathtaking Beauty

A trip on the Denali Star Train is much more than just a means of getting from point A to point B… a trip on the Alaska Railroad is an experience that is as memorable and spectacular as the destination itself.

The Denali Star Train travels through some of the most beautiful country on earth and with large picture windows lining the walls of every rail-car, you will always have a front row seat.

On clear days, passengers will be treated to breathtaking views of Denali peak, the highest point in North America, as well as many other stunning vistas along the Alaska Range.

But the journey is not only about the views. When you board the Denali Star train, you can rest assured that you will receive attentive and hospitable service in a comfortable and relaxing environment with exquisite dining options, beverages and a staff that goes above and beyond to ensure that you have a wonderful experience while you are in their care.

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GoldStar Service & Adventure Class

The Denali Star Train offers two classes of passenger service: GoldStar Service and Adventure Class service.

GoldStar Service

If you are looking for the height of luxury and service during your trip, then the GoldStar Service is for you. GoldStar service includes all meals and soft beverages on board as well as two adult beverages during your trip. GoldStar railcars feature glass-dome ceilings that provide premium, panoramic views of the Alaskan countryside as you travel.

GoldStar passengers can also take advantage of upper-level outdoor viewing platforms, an all-inclusive, private, full service dining cart, and premium-comfort seating that offers extra legroom and more space to stretch and relax.

Adventure Class

The Adventure Class service offers comfortable seating and large picture windows at the best rate available. Adventure Class passengers have the freedom to roam about between railcars and have access to the Vista Dome cars and the Wilderness Cafe dining car.

Click here for Denali Star train schedules & fares.
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Travel the Kenai Peninsula on the Coastal Classic Train

Coastal Classic Train Route

The Coastal Classic Train serves the area between Anchorage and Seward, including the communities of Whittier, Portage Spencer and Grandview. Many people consider this stretch of railway to be the most beautiful scenic stretch of countryside in Alaska!

From Anchorage, the Coastal Classic Train winds its way southeast along Turnagain Arm and through Alaska’s beautiful backcountry in the Kenai Peninsula. This route will take you past beautiful glaciers, towering waterfalls, jaw-dropping vistas and breathtaking mountains and valleys.

Your journey will culminate in the coastal town of Seward where the train will roll to a stop along the shores of Resurrection Bay.

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Seward & Kenai Fjords

A 7-hour layover in Seward will give you lots of time to explore all that this beautiful and fascinating seaside village has to offer, including the wonders and adventures to be enjoyed in Kenai Fjords National Park!

Seward is home to not only most of the cruises and tours that explore the national park, but several other attractions as well. The popular Exit Glacier is a fun glacier to explore that is only minutes from downtown. You could also visit the Alaska SeaLife Center to spend some up-close time with some of the most popular and unique marine wildlife that the area is famous for, or visit Seavey kennel to meet and interact with some famous Iditarod champion sled dogs, learn what it takes to be a champion musher, and do a little mushing yourself on a dogsled day trip adventure! Seward is also home to a variety of great restaurants and shops that you will enjoy exploring throughout the day.

Click here to see some of the many options there are for planning a day of fun activities in the Seward, AK and Kenai Fjords National Park area.

The Coastal Classic will roll out of Seward around 6pm for it’s return trip to Anchorage.

Click here for Coastal Classic train schedules & fares.

GoldStar Service & Adventure Class

The Coastal Classic Train offers two classes of passenger service: GoldStar Service and Adventure Class service.

GoldStar Service

If you are looking for the height of luxury and service during your trip, then the GoldStar Service is for you. GoldStar service includes all meals and soft beverages on board as well as two adult beverages during your trip. GoldStar railcars feature glass-dome ceilings that provide premium, panoramic views of the Alaskan countryside as you travel.

GoldStar passengers can also take advantage of upper-level outdoor viewing platforms, an all-inclusive, private, full service dining cart, and premium-comfort seating that offers extra legroom and more space to stretch and relax.

Adventure Class

The Adventure Class service offers comfortable seating and large picture windows at the best rate available. Adventure Class passengers have the freedom to roam about between railcars and have access to the Vista Dome cars and the Wilderness Cafe dining car.

Click here for Coastal Classic train schedules & fares.
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Alaska Railroad Packages

The Alaska Railroad offers several packages to help you make the most out of your Alaska and Denali National Park vacation. Browse through the packages below to find the one that is the best fit for you.

Alaska by Daylight

  • 10 Days / 10 Nights
  • Available late May – early September
  • Cost: $4,155 GoldStar Service
    $3,405 Adventure Class
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Glacier Rails & Trails

  • 11 Days / 11 Nights
  • Available late May through late August
  • Cost: $6,385 GoldStar Service
    $5,645 Adventure Class
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Alaska's National Parks by Rail

  • 7 Days / 7 Nights
  • Available early June through late August
  • Cost: $3,915 GoldStar Service
    $3,399 Adventure Class
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Deluxe Alaska Sampler

  • 7 Days / 7 Nights
  • Available late May through early September
  • Cost: $3,295 GoldStar Service
    $2,739 Adventure Class
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Cruise Packages

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Alaska Wildlife Safari

  • 7 Days / 7 Nights
  • Available late May through late August
  • Cost: $3,845 GoldStar Service
    $3,325 Adventure Class
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Active Alaska Adventure

  • 6 Days / 6 Nights
  • Available mid June through early September
  • Cost: $3,595 GoldStar Service
    $2,805 Adventure Class
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Taste of Alaska

  • 5 Days / 5 Nights
  • Available late May – early September
  • Cost: $2,595 GoldStar Service
    $1,959 Adventure Class
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Just The Basics

  • 5 Days / 5 Nights
  • Available mid May through early September
  • Cost: $1,189 Adventure Class
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Denali Getaways

Seward Getaway

  • 2 Days / 1 Night
  • Available late May – early September
  • Cost: $975 GoldStar Service
    $759 Adventure Class
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South To The Glaciers

  • 5 Days / 5 Night
  • Available late May – early September
  • Cost: $2,795 GoldStar Service
    $2,539 Adventure Class
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