Aurora Winter Train

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Winter in Alaska is a magical time, with fewer visitors and a serene, snow-covered landscape. If you’re here from mid-September to mid-May, you can take it in from the comfort of the Aurora Winter Train, which runs between Anchorage and Fairbanks. It’s an easy and memorable way to travel north and experience the aurora borealis, or even do a weekend getaway to Talkeetna.

Overnight/Multi-day Trips

From Anchorage

Fairbanks. The train departs on Saturdays for this 12-hour trip, with a return on Sundays. There are also select mid-week departures in November, December, January, February, and March. This train makes stops in Wasilla and Talkeetna, and there’s flagstop in the roadless area south of Hurricane Gulch.

Talkeetna. It’s a 3-hour trip to the charming frontier town of Talkeetna; go up on a Saturday and return on Sunday for the perfect weekend getaway. There are lots of options to fill your time. For example, stay at the Talkeetna Roadhouse and take their pie-making class!

What the Route is Like

This 12-hour trip isn’t the fastest way to travel between the two cities—and that’s exactly the point. You’ll have plenty of time to appreciate some unique winter views:

  • Denali. Because winters tend to have clearer weather than summers, you’ll have a better chance of nabbing a perfect clear view of this stunning mountain.
  • Sunrise/sunset. The shorter days mean that you’ll have the chance to witness the sun at its most dramatic.

Plus, you’ll meet the other travelers on board—perhaps over a meal from the onboard café—and experience the railroad’s unique flagstop service. Pressed for time? Take the train north and fly back to Anchorage.

Schedule

Weekend Service

September 21, 2019–May 10, 2020
  • Northbound: Depart Anchorage Saturdays at 8:30 am
  • Southbound: Depart Fairbanks Sundays at 8:30 am

Midweek Service

November 26-27, 2019; December 24, 2019–Jan 1, 2020; February 4–March 25, 2020
  • Northbound: Depart Anchorage Tuesdays at 8:30 am
  • Southbound: Depart Fairbanks Wednesdays at 8:30 am
December 26–27, 2019; February 27–March 20, 2020
  • Northbound: Depart Anchorage Thursdays at 8:30 am
  • Southbound: Depart Fairbanks Fridays at 8:30 am

Getting There

Anchorage Depot
411 W. 1st Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Fairbanks Depot
1745 Johansen Expressway
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Talkeetna Depot
Mile 13.5 Talkeetna Spur Rd.
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Healy (Denali) Depot
Mile 1.25 Denali National Park Rd.
Denali, AK 99676
Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Sept 19 - May 9
Rates Anchorage to Wasilla // Value $68 adults | $34 children* | Peak $71 adults | $36 children*
Anchorage to Talkeetna // Value $80 adults | $40 children* | Peak $84 adults | $42 children*
Anchorage to Healy // Value $149 adults | $73 children* | Peak $157 adults | $77 children*
Anchorage to Fairbanks // Value $209 adults | $105 children* | Peak $219 adults | $110 children*
Wasilla to Anchorage // Value $68 adults | $34 children* | Peak $71 adults | $36 children*
Wasilla to Talkeetna // Value $80 adults | $40 children* | Peak $84 adults | $42 children*
Wasilla to Fairbanks // Value $209 adults | $105 children* | Peak $219 adults | $110 children*
Talkeetna to Anchorage // Value $80 adults | $40 children* | Peak $84 adults | $42 children*
Talkeetna to Wasilla // Value $106 adults | $53 children* | Peak $111 adults | $56 children*
Talkeetna to Healy // Value $104 adults | $53 children* | Peak $109 adults | $56 children*
Talkeetna to Fairbanks // Value $134 adults | $67 children* | Peak $141 adults | $71 children*
Healy to Anchorage // Value $149 adults | $75 children* | Peak $157 adults | $79 children*
Healy to Wasilla // Value $149 adults | $75 children* | Peak $157 adults | $79 children*
Healy to Talkeetna // Value $106 adults | $53 children* | Peak $111 adults | $56 children*
Healy to Fairbanks // Value $63 adults | $110 children* | Peak $32 adults | $33 children*
Fairbanks to Anchorage // Value $209 adults | $105 children* | Peak $219 adults | $110 children*
Fairbanks to Wasilla // Value $209 adults | $105 children* | Peak $219 adults | $110 children*
Fairbanks to Talkeetna // Value $134 adults | $67 children* | Peak $141 adults | $71 children*
Fairbanks to Denali // Value $80 adults | $40 children* | Peak $84 adults | $42 children*
Fairbanks to Healy // Value $63 adults | $77 children* | Peak $32 adults | $33 children*
Rate Notes * Rate also applies to adults 65+ & disabled
Value season includes Sept 19 - Nov 22 & April 3 - May 9
Peak Season includes Nov 28 - March 28

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Aurora Winter Train

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