Wilderness Express (Anchorage - Talkeetna - Denali - Fairbanks)

Seeing Alaska’s many scenic wonders by train is both relaxing and fun – and many travellers recommend a domed car for clear views in all directions. Wilderness Express domed cars are one option for great viewing on Alaska Railroad routes north of Anchorage. They provide an upgraded experience at a tremendous value.

Imagine your train making its way past the Chugach mountains, over trestles, and through Broad Pass, offering stunning views along the way. Take in every breath-taking moment with the unobstructed view offered by full-length glass windows – right at your own seat on the Wilderness Express.

The four Wilderness Express luxury cars were custom-built for use on the Alaska Railroad, and although privately-owned, they are pulled by Alaska Railroad locomotives on its Denali Star Route running between Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali Park and further north, to Fairbanks.

Last Cars, Lasting View

A passenger train travels along a short ridge next to a river surrounded by trees.

Wilderness Express domed cars are one option for great viewing on Alaska Railroad routes north of Anchorage. They provide an upgraded experience at a tremendous value.

Ever want to ride in the caboose? 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. There are even points along the way when you can photograph the entire train ahead with Mt. McKinley in the distance.

Exceptional Value

Independent travelers will find seating on the Wilderness Express more affordable than other dome cars, offering an exceptional value for the price. (For quick comparisons to features, amenities, and rates for all dome cars on Alaskan routes, visit AlaskaTrain.com).

Each car features an upper level with a full-length curved glass dome, ensuring unobstructed views for 80 passengers. Reclining leather seats are forward facing and are considered by many to be the most comfortable seats available on any train service in Alaska.

Friendly Service, Flavorful Food

As you ride smoothly along the rails, a friendly host will point out highlights along the way, including wildlife sightings (keen eyes might help spot eagles or moose). Enjoy the convenience of a full bar service upstairs with espresso, cocktails and other beverages for sale.

For full meals, head down to the restaurant on the lower deck, which accommodates 36 diners at a time. Take in breakfast, lunch and dinner without missing a moment of the gorgeous scenery rolling past. Unique Alaskan items include favorites such as Dungeness Crab Bisque and Reindeer Sausage pasta. The menu offers variety for several palates, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Delicious desserts, coffee cocktails and a range of specialty drinks and Alaskan beers round out your dining experience.

Travel tips

  • Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines often book passengers on Wilderness Express cars. Especially on a longer trip, you can make new friends from around the world who are also enjoying Alaska’s majestic sights by rail.
  • Many travelers like to combine a train ride with coach service for a slightly different experience on the return trip. Booking for coach and train legs can be done at the same time.

Getting There

Office Location
9170 Jewel Lake Road #204
Anchorage, AK 99502
Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season May 13 - Sept 16
Rates Anchorage to Denali // Peak $249 | Value $207
Anchorage to Fairbanks // Peak $342 | Value $290
Anchorage to Talkeetna // Peak $129 | Value $109
Fairbanks to Anchorage // Peak $342 | Value $290
Fairbanks to Denali // Peak $125 | Value $103
Fairbanks to Talkeetna // Peak $249 | Value $207
Talkeetna to Anchorage // Peak $135 | Value $115
Talkeetna to Denali // Peak $145 | Value $115
Talkeetna to Fairbanks // Peak $249 | Value $207
Denali to Anchorage // Peak $249 | Value $207
Denali to Fairbanks // Peak $125 | Value $103
Denali to Talkeetna // Peak $149 | Value $107
Rate Notes Peak Season is June 1 - August 31. Value Season is May 13 - 31 and September 1 - 16. Child rates are half-off adult rates. Infants under the age of two ride free.

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Wilderness Express (Anchorage - Talkeetna - Denali - Fairbanks)