Denali Rail Tours (Anchorage - Talkeetna - Denali - Fairbanks)

It may be the same locomotive pulling all the cars on the scenery-rich ride from Anchorage to Denali, but Gray Line Alaska's private luxury McKinley Explorer railcars travel on a custom schedule. Visit the whistle-stop town of Talkeetna, or ride through the massive peaks of the Alaska Range, en route to Denali National Park.

A couple enjoys looking out the windows of a train.

Every seat takes advantage of the 180-degree dome view.

Stay Awhile - Multi-Day Packages

While independent travelers can book seats for this comfortable, amenity-laden service, most opt for a full multi-day package featuring rail transportation and lodging. Guests can choose from blue or yellow packages departing from Anchorage or Fairbanks.

Blue Denali Rail Tours

Blue packages range from 1 – 4 nights with overnight accommodations in Denali, near Talkeetna, or both. Tours depart from Anchorage or Fairbanks but do not include hotel stays in the departing and arriving cities.

Yellow Denali Rail Tours

Yellow packages also range from 3 – 4 nights and include overnight accommodations in Denali, near Talkeetna, or both. Plus, they include accommodations in Anchorage and / or Fairbanks at the beginning and end of your tour.

Gray Line Alaska also offers longer tours ranging from 5 to 8 nights featuring travel aboard McKinley Explorer railcars. Tour options include Explorer Tours, Self-Drive Tours and Escorted Tours.

Visit website for all itinerary options.

Onboard Experience

Double Level Cars with Domed Windows

Every seat takes advantage of the 180-degree dome view, and all of them face forward—a plus for those who don't like riding backwards. The glass is high overhead and there's plenty of leg room. Around you, you'll find wide aisles, tasty cuisine, and great service.

Dining Area

When it's time to eat, go downstairs to the dining area. With lots of space and only two sittings, you'll be able to eat at a convenient time. Depending on the leg you are on they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is bar service under the dome from the friendly bar keep or in the dining room.

Narration Included

Your car manager will also be your tour guide. Providing an interesting and informative narration throughout your trip. Check out the GPS-assisted monitor in each car that tracks your exact location along with things like average speed. Or go out to the covered viewing platform, for a breath of fresh air. There is even a gift shop so you can pick up that perfect gift for someone back home.

Schedule

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure:

NorthboundTime
Depart Anchorage9:15 AM
Arrive Talkeetna12:10 PM
Arrive Denali Park4:50 PM
SouthboundTime
Depart Denali Park9:15 AM
Arrive Talkeetna2:00 PM
Arrive Anchorage5:15 PM

Getting There

6411 Interstate Circle
Anchorage, AK 99518

Anchorage Depot: Address listed above is the office address. All trains depart from the train depot which is located at 411 W. 1st Avenue, in downtown Anchorage. Yellow Tours include transfer from hotel to rail depot.

Fairbanks Depot: The train depot is located at 1745 Johansen Expressway.

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Mid-May to Mid-Sept
Blue Rail Tour Packages Anchorage – Denali – Anchorage // $599s | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna
Anchorage – Denali – Fairbanks OR Fairbanks – Denali – Anchorage // $549s | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna
Anchorage – Denali – Denali – Anchorage // $799s | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna
Anchorage – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $389s | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna
Anchorage – Denali – Denali – Seward* // $799s | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna
Anchorage – Talkeetna – Denali – Anchorage // $749s | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna
Fairbanks – Denali – Talkeetna – Anchorage | // $699s | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna
Yellow Rail Tour Packages Anchorage – Denali – Anchorage // $999 | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Fairbanks – Denali – Anchorage // $849 | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Anchorage – Denali – Denali – Anchorage // $1199 | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Anchorage – Talkeetna – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $849 | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Anchorage – Denali – Denali – Seward* // $999 | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Anchorage – Talkeetna – Denali – Anchorage // $1099 | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Fairbanks – Denali – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $1049 | Includes hotels in Denali and / or near Talkeetna plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Rate Notes *indicates transportation between Denali and Seward is via deluxe motorcoach rather than railcar. Itinerary also does not include overnight accommodation in Seward. This itinerary is ideal for cruise departures or cruise arrivals in Seward.

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Denali Rail Tours (Anchorage - Talkeetna - Denali - Fairbanks)