Which Railroad Service?

Alaska Railroad GoldStar Service | Alaska Railroad Adventure Class | Princess Rail Tours | Denali Rail Tours | Wilderness Express

Alaska Railroad GoldStar Service

What It's Like: Gold Star cars offer a significant service upgrade. These double-deck luxury coaches are lined with crystal, original Alaskan art, and gold. The glass-domed upper deck provides constant 360-degree views in forward-facing, reclining seats along with a private open-air viewing deck on the upper level, the only one of its kind in the world. GoldStar Service includes in-seat beverage service, full-time bar attendant, full-time tour guide, and preferred seating for dinner.
Why You Might Like GoldStar:
  • Double-decker domed car
  • All seats face forward and can be turned to create groups of four
  • One of a kind outdoor viewing deck is on upper level, with a glass roof overhead
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages served at your seat
  • Priority seating in the first-class dining room on lower level
  • Alaskan tour guides provide live commentary
  • Cost
  • Fills up fast, early booking recommended

Alaska Railroad Adventure Class

What It's Like: Adventure Class on the Alaska Railroad is a traditional seat next to a large picture window. You can grab time in two shared-seating domed cars The Alaska Railroad trains a select group of Alaska high school students as tour guides (on both Adventure Class Service and GoldStar Service), and they provide a lively commentary throughout the ride.
Why You Might Like Adventure Class:
  • You can walk through the AKRR coach class cars
  • The least expensive option on the train
  • Assigned seats
  • Alaskan tour guides provide live commentary
  • Open-air vestibules between the cars for taking photos and getting fresh air
  • On board dining service
  • Dome seating is not confirmed, so you may have to wait for a seat to open on busy days.

Princess Rail Tours

What It's Like: Princess Rail Tour Cars are double-decker and feature 360-degree-view domes, as well as a dining area and large, open-air balconies, which are amazing on warm days. There are seats for independent travelers, but most of their spots are filled with cruise-package passengers. It’s a similar experience to riding with Holland America, but there are differences.
Why You Might Like Princess Rail Tours:
  • Double-decker dome cars
  • Larger open-air balconies than their competitors
  • Seating at tables of 4 make for a social setting
  • GPS-triggered narration
  • Assigned seating in your particular car, unable to move from car to car
  • More expensive than Alaska Railroad Adventure Class

Denali Rail Tours

What It's Like: Every seat takes advantage of the 360-degree dome view, and all of them face forward. When it's time to dine, go downstairs to the seating area. With lots of space and only two sittings, you'll be able to eat at a convenient time.Your car manager will also be your tour guide, providing narration throughout your trip. Check out the GPS-assisted monitor in each car that tracks your exact location. Or, go out to the covered viewing platform, for a breath of fresh air.
Why You Might Like Denali Rail Tours:
  • Car Manager provides narration
  • GPS-assisted monitor that tracks your exact location
  • Convienent seatings for meals
  • Assigned seating in your particular car, unable to move about the train
  • More expensive than Alaska Railroad Adventure Class

Wilderness Express

What It's Like: Each car features an upper level with a full-length curved glass dome, ensuring unobstructed views for 88 passengers. Reclining leather seats are all forward facing. Wilderness Express cars are typically the last cars on the train. This location provides unimpeded views of amazing Alaska scenery, as well as the train curving ahead of you as it winds its way toward your final destination.

Why You Might Like Wilderness Express:

  • Full bar service upstairs with beverages and snacks for sale
  • Host will point out highlights along the way
  • Full service dining area below
  • Exceptional views from domed windows


  • More expensive than Alaska Railroad Adventure Class
  • Assigned seating in your particular car, unable to move about the train


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