Runs weekends only, mid Sep to mid May, Northbound Saturdays, Southbound Sundays.
Onboard service - Dining, baggage service, no-smoking cars, wheelchair access.
As a provider of regularly scheduled public transportation, the Alaska Railroad offers residents and U.S. military 20% off published retail rail fares.
Additionally, we offer a Half Fare Program for seniors (65+), Medicare card holders, and individuals with certain disabilities, allowing them to travel for half fare on the Aurora Winter Train and the Winter Hurricane Turn train during non-peak times (non-summer months).
May 10-Sep 14, 2014
Adventure Class Fares
|Anchorage -- Girdwood||$65||$33||$100||$50|
|Anchorage or Girdwood -- Seward||$85||$43||$135||$68|
GoldStar Service Fares
|Anchorage -- Girdwood||$120||$60||$200||$100|
|Anchorage or Girdwood -- Seward||$140||$70||$235||$118|
All child fares apply to guests ages 2-11
Alaska Residents and U.S. Military receive 20% discount off retail rail fares with proper ID required at boarding.
Daily Service June 1-Sep 14, 2014
Travel Segments - One Way Fares
|Anchorage -to- Girdwood||$59||$30|
|Anchorage -to- Portage||$74||$37|
|Anchorage -to- Whittier||$74||$37|
|Portage -to- Whittier||$24||$12|
|Whittier -to- Girdwood||$74||$37|
|Whittier -to- Portage||$24||$12|
Travel Segments - Roundtrip Fares
|Anchorage -- Girdwood||$93||$47|
|Anchorage -- Spencer Whistle Stop||$109 M||$55 M|
|Anchorage -- Grandview||$116 M||$58 M|
|Portage or Whittier -- Spencer Whistle Stop||$70||$35|
|Portage or Whittier -- Grandview||$90||$45|
|Anchorage or Girdwood -- Whittier||$89||$45|
|Portage -- Whittier||$39||$20|
M signifies motorcoach transfer from Portage to either Anchorage or Girdwood is included.
Whistle Stop includes guided hike with U.S. Forest Service Ranger.
|Anchorage -- Hurricane roundtrip||$105||$53|
|Talkeetna- Hurricane roundtrip||$75||$38|
|Anchorage -- Wasilla OW||$52||$26|
|Anchorage -- Talkeetna OW||$63||$32|
|Anchorage/Wasilla -- Hurricane OW||$73||$37|
|Wasilla -- Talkeetna OW||$52||$26|
|Talkeetna -- Hurricane OW||$41||$21|
Summer 2014 May 15-Sep 14, 2014
Summer fare from Talkeetna to Hurricane roundtrip
|The Summer Hurricane Train – departs from Talkeetna on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and May 26, September 1 holidays.|
Note there is no dining available on the Hurricane Turn Train for either summer or winter.
Alaska residents and U.S. military receive 20% discount from regular fares with proper identification.
|Value Season May 14-30 & Sep 1-14, 2014 |
May 14 Northbound only, Sep 14 Southbound only
|Anchorage -- Wasilla||$46||$23||$131||$66|
|Anchorage or Wasilla -- Talkeetna||$76||$38||$161||$81|
|Anchorage or Wasilla -- Denali||$124||$62||$209||$105|
|Anchorage or Wasilla -- Fairbanks||$179||$90||$289||$145|
|Talkeetna -- Denali||$76||$38||$161||$81|
|Talkeetna -- Fairbanks||$105||$53||$190||$95|
|Fairbanks -- Denali||$53||$27||$108||$54|
|Peak Season May 31 - August 31, 2014|
|Anchorage -- Wasilla||$58||$29||$143||$72|
|Anchorage or Wasilla -- Talkeetna||$95||$48||$180||$90|
|Anchorage or Wasilla -- Denali||$156||$78||$241||$120|
|Anchorage or Wasilla -- Fairbanks||$224||$112||$334||$167|
|Talkeetna -- Denali||$89||$45||$174||$87|
|Talkeetna -- Fairbanks||$131||$66||$216||$108|
|Fairbanks -- Denali||$68||$34||$123||$61|
All child fares apply to guests ages 2-11
Travel Segments - Each Way
|Anchorage -- Wasilla||$52||$26|
|Anchorage -- Talkeetna||$63||$32|
|Wasilla -- Talkeetna||$52||$26|
|Anchorage -- Healy||$116||$58|
|Wasilla -- Healy||$105||$53|
|Talkeetna -- Healy||$63||$32|
|Anchorage -- Fairbanks||$169||$85|
|Wasilla -- Fairbanks||$154||$77|
|Talkeetna -- Fairbanks||$105||$53|
|Healy -- Fairbanks||$48||$24|
Note the Aurora Winter Train operates weekends only, northbound on Saturdays, southbound on Sundays, and dining is available onboard. Alaska residents and U.S. military receive 20% discount from regular fares with proper ID.The Alaska Railroad Corporation offers a Half Fare Program for seniors (65+), Medicare card holders, and individuals with certain disabilities, allowing them to travel for half fare during non-peak times
Explore Spencer Lake in a modern version of an Alaska Native canoe. You'll paddle these sleek and elegant boats to the face of Spencer Glacier and even stop on shore for a short hike up to the glacier. Learn glaciology and enjoy the view of endless miles of ice all set among the glorious beauty of the Kenai Mountains. A hearty Alaska snack served in a small gold pan and raingear are provided.
Tour with Rail from Anchorage or Girdwood: $220
Tour with Rail from Whittier or Portage: $180
Available beginning June 1, 2014,
Ride the rail to Spencer Glacier and steal away on a gentle float tour among the icebergs at Spencer Lake and down the Placer River. Professional guides, raingear, and rubber boots are provided.
This tour departs from Anchorage, Girdwood, Portage, or Whittier. A hearty Alaska snack served in a small gold pan is included. Tours departing from Anchorage or Girdwood include one-way rail and a return to Anchorage by motorcoach from the Portage stop. The motorcoach will make a stop in Girdwood for passengers staying at Alyeska Resort. Motorcoach arrives Anchorage at 6:45 pm.
Tour with Rail From Anchorage or Girdwood: $220 roundtrip
Tour with Rail From Whittier or Portage: $180 roundtrip
Available beginning June 1, 2014
One of the most spectacular and visible glaciers along the rail belt, this glacier is named after Bill Spencer, a railroad employee who mysteriously disappeared “out there somewhere” in 1914. While at Spencer, you may enjoy a float tour, hiking, or even camping. Spencer Glacier is the first of several Whistle Stops planned by the Forest Service and is only accessible by train.
Nestled at the head of the Passage Canal on the western edge of Prince William Sound, the Whittier welcomes a numbers of cruise ships each summer. While there maybe less that 500 year round residents, this town is still one of Alaska’s most important cities. Established during World War 2 as a military supply port, today Whittier’s economy is comprised mainly of shipping and port related jobs, fishing and tourism.
The 26 Glacier Cruise
On the 26 Glacier Cruise, you will explore the serenity of Esther Passage, view majestic alpine and tidewater glaciers in College and Harriman Fjord and travel in luxurious comfort aboard the Klondike Express, the fastest catamaran in Alaska.The cruise is fully-narrated by a Forest Service ranger and a hot lunch is included.
Adventure Class only: $258 Available May 17, 24, 28, 31 & June 1-Sep 14, 2014
Glacier Quest Cruise
The Glacier Quest Cruise takes you from Whittier to a neighboring Fjord where two tidewater glaciers await. Blackstone Bay is a dramatic deep water fjord, and as you cruise towards the head of the bay, you'll notice Tebenkof Glacier towering on the left.As the valley becomes deeper and closer, Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers rise before you, and you'll be close to both! While here, you can watch and listen to the sounds and sights that these massive glaciers provide.On the way, we'll make a stop at an old shipwreck in Shotgun Cove. - Keep your eyes open for wildlife roaming the shores - in Blackstone Bay or bears roaming the shoreline!
Tour price: $203
Available May 17, 24, 28, 31 June 1 - Sep 14, 2014
Rail to Whittier. Then, explore the wonders of Blackstone Bay on this Prince William Sound cruise. See glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, a working salmon hatchery and abundant wildlife.This tour is fully-narrated by a Chugach National Forest Ranger. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib buffet with a delicious dessert bar.Enjoy reserved table seating in a heated cabin.
Adventure Class only: $238
Available: May 17, 24, 28, 31
June 1-September 14, 2014
Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier
Upon arrival in Whittier, board the Fairweather Express catamaran for a 5-hour cruise narrated by a Chugach National Forest Ranger, featuring tidewater glaciers, bird rookeries, marine wildlife, and a working salmon hatchery.The highlight is an up-close view of Surprise Glacier. This tour includes an all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib buffet and dessert bar.Seating is reserved in a heated cabin. Adventure Class only: $268
June 1 - September 14, 2014
Packages include tour and roundtrip rail from Anchorage or Girdwood.
Settled at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities. Discover the Alaska Sealife Center, historic downtown district filled with quaint shops and art galleries, and of course the amazing boat harbor that is shared with humans and wildlife alike.
Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise
Rail to Seward then embark on this
5-hour, half-day cruise, offering unparalleled beauty and wildlife viewing. See puffins, eagles, otters, Steller sea lions, whales, and Bear Glacier along the jagged cliffs of Resurrection Bay.The cruise is narrated by a National Park Ranger and features an all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib buffet and dessert bar.
Seating is reserved in a heated cabin.
Available May 10- September 14, 2014
Adventure: $243 GoldStar: $343
Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise to Fox Island
Rail to Seward, then enjoy this narrated cruise around Resurrection Bay. Learn about the rich history while viewing jagged cliffs, seabirds, marine wildlife and alpine glaciers, including magnificent Bear Glacier.A visit to Fox Island and an all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet with Park Ranger presentation is included. At 4.5 hours, this cruise is perfect for families.Packages include tour and roundtrip rail from Anchorage or Girdwood.
Available May 17-September 14, 2014
Adventure: $244 GoldStar: $344
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Rail to Seward then embark on a 6-hour coastal catamaran cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours- featuring Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park. Experience superb wildlife viewing in the Chiswell Islands Wildlife Refuge and get an up-close view of tidewater glaciers. Lunch is included.
Available May 10 - September 14, 2014
Adventure: $297 Gold star $397
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Rail to Seward and enjoy this 6-hour cruise which includes views of tidewater glaciers and plenty of wildlife, such as humpback whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles, and many types of marine birds. The cruise is narrated by a National Park Ranger and features an all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib buffet with dessert bar. Seating is reserved in a heated cabin.Packages include tour and roundtrip rail from Anchorage or Girdwood.
Available: May 10-Sep 14, 2014
Adventure: $317 GoldStar: $417
Talkeetna is known for spectacular vies of Mt. McKinley (Denali) and world-class salmon fishing! Established in 1919 and is located at the confluence of the Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna Rivers. Flightseeing, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing are popular activities in Talkeetna, which is about 3 hours from Anchorage by train. The core downtown area is classified as a National historic site, with buildings dating from the early 1900s including Nagley's General Store, Fairview Inn and the Talkeetna Roadhouse.The hand made Alaska products from local artists, musicians and craftspeople that are sold in the local shops add to the authentic feel of the town. During the summer, it's common to see people strolling down the middle of the main street in downtown
Three Rivers Tour
3.5 hour tour takes you on the Talkeetna, Susitna, and Chulitna rivers. Naturalists will acquaint you with the wildflowers and plants that grow along the river along with opportunities to view grizzly and black bear, moose, nesting bald eagles, and beaver in their natural habitat.Panoramic views of Mt. McKinley (weather permitting) and experiencing glacial fed Alaskan rivers, includes a quarter-mile nature walk to visit a trapper's cabin and a Dena'ina Indian encampment along with refreshments $120 Adult, $90 Child, + rail fare
Available May 25 - Sep 10, 2013
McKinley Flyer Tour
This flight takes you within six miles of McKinley’s summit. Just moments after departure, you are surrounded by high peaks as you fly over the vast glaciers of Denali Park. Sense the motion of the ice and see how it has shaped the land. Listen as your pilot guide describes the natural wonders of Denali Park.
Fly to the remote western end of Denali National Park. This tour explores the entire south side of Mt. McKinley. Experience spectacular views of Mt. Foraker (17,400') and Mt. Hunter (14,573') looking for climbers traversing the Kahiltna Glacier on their way to McKinley’s Buttress route. $276 per person, all ages + rail fare
With Glacier Landing: $364 per person, all ages + rail fare
Available Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2013
Devil's Canyon Adventure
This exciting tour will take you 130 miles round-trip through Denali State Park and into the National Wild River Park of “Devil’s Gorge”, experience the thrill of class 4 & 5 white water. Along the river you. will stop at a wilderness site where you will visit an authentic trapper’s cabin with its original furnishings and see how trappers lived in “Bush” Alaska at the turn of the century.Your guide will display raw furs from the local area and demonstrate trapping methods. Naturalists will acquaint you with the wildflowers and plants that grow in abundance along the river system.
viewiing nesting bald eagles, beaver activity, and the possibility of viewing moose, salmon, black bear, and grizzly bears.
Boxed lunch and beverages included.: $165 Adult, $124 Child, + rail fare
Available May 25 - Sep 10, 2013