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Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Anchorage to Fairbanks One Way
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Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Anchorage to Fairbanks One Way

By Alaska Railroad
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About

Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 12h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • One-way rail transportation from Anchorage to Fairbanks
  • Comfortable reserved seating in non-smoking cars
  • Baggage services
  • Optional dining and snack bar
What's not included
  • Lodging in Anchorage or Fairbanks
  • Tours and activities in Anchorage or Fairbanks
  • Transportation to depot in Anchorage or after arriving in Fairbanks
  • These options can be booked independently or through Alaska Railroad directly after booking.


Start:
  • Anchorage Depot, 411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
End:
  • Fairbanks, AK, USA

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pushchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 48944P11

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants (0-1) may be added to a reservation as lap children (not requiring a paid, reserved seat) but they must be registered in the booking. To register an infant as a lap child, please indicate so in the “Special Requests” option in the final checkout and include the infant’s name, age and gender.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 48944P11

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  • Alaska Railroad
    2,902
    Anchorage, United States
  • Sherri C
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor decision making
    Our 8 hour train ride turned into a 15 hour train ride. We sat still for so long by the time we saw the scenery we were so tired and annoyed. Train was to leave at 12 pm, it left at 12:40pm we were supposed to be in Anchorage at 8pm our actual time of arrival was after 3 am. Horrible experience
    Written 13 July 2024
  • Vorgomona
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Denali with a one day stop in Talkeetna
    An incredibly leisurely trip to Talkeetna and then on to Denali the next day in the gold star class. Great food along the way with spectacular scenery and an amazing stop in Talkeetna at the Alaska Talkeetna Lodge, which had a spectacular view of Denali. Both days were clear and we saw moose along the way, including one quite close Near the Talkeetna railroad stop.
    Written 12 July 2024
  • Climber32403373590
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed!!!
    My family of 10, to include 3 children under 10 and my 94-year-old mother, had tickets for the train from Fairbanks to Anchorage but when we got to the station to board the train, we were told that the train was cancelled due to wildfires. I realize that's not their fault but the way they handled our trip is. If they had given us more of a notice, we could have rented vehicles to drive to Anchorage. We were also told that taking the motorcoach would get us there 4 or 5 hours earlier than the train. So, since we didn't have time to find a rental, we got on the bus. The bus was a disaster. It made multiple stops to pick up other passengers. At one stop, we were told we would be there for an hour and so we should walk down this street to a town where there were some restaurants for dinner. We had to walk 3/4 of a mile on a street with no sidewalk and fast-moving vehicles with 3 kids while pushing elderly in a wheelchair. The food was expensive. Then do the same thing going back to the bus. We never saw anything scenic which is the reason we bought tickets for the train. Also, we did not arrive to our destination when we were told we would. We got there an hour earlier than the train would have. When I wrote the company about this, there resolution was to refund me 10% of ticket price and a coupon for a future ride for 8 people. There were 10 in my group. It's a shame that this company cares more about the $$$$ than their customer base.
    Written 10 July 2024
  • 81karap
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dunce Cap for GROSS NEGLIGENCE
    This 8-hour Gold Star ride took us 15 hours! Hundreds of people missed connections and lost out on reservations because Gold Star leadership decided to tow a broken down train with our fully loaded train, all at the expense of their customers. Their self-concern and greed was the obvious motivation. The people on the broken train were evacuated, placed on buses at the train tracks, and their luggage thrown in the dirt. We lost hours of time waiting for this to happen, sitting still, and then continued to tow the brokendown train all the way to Anchorage. Kitchen staff and engineers were tasked with carrying luggage to the side and along the tracks. The treatment of their employees and concern for their customers is disgraceful. This stole a day of our vacation. We were all left stranded, without transportation at the train depot, fighting to get our luggage. We had to pay over $500 for a hotel room that we were in for about 6 hours. We were supposed to arrive at our hotel at 8:30 pm, but arrived at 5:00 a.m. instead. Elderly passengers did not have access to needed medication. It was very stressful, as the situation was clouded in uncertainty. If you have health concerns, you should think twice about traveling on the Alaska Railroad. If you have limited time, you should think twice about traveling on the Alaska Railroad. Their crisis management is extremely poor. #leadership failure
    Written 10 July 2024
  • F6733HKandrewl
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrible Experience
    So many delays on this train and ended up hours behind schedule. No communication from workers about what is going on. No apologies and no offers of reimbursements for the loss of time on our vacation. Will never take this train again.
    Written 9 July 2024
  • R4228GHjulies
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adventure Class is where it's at!
    We took the train from Anchorage to Seward and then back to Anchorage the next day. We chose the cheaper Adventure Class and glad we did! The seats reclined and had foot rests, we had access to a domed car and could stand outside on a platform! We had dinner in the dining car, but we had to wait a long time before our car was called to go down. The meal was good and less expensive than any other meal we had in Alaska! The excursions in Seward also make sure you're back in time for the train. Most I found will pick up and drop off at the station. Make sure you check in and get your boarding pass! The ticket does NOT get you on the train!
    Written 9 July 2024
  • Tracy S
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Train ride was beautiful but annoying at the same time.
    The train ride from Anchorage to Seward was very beautiful with great commentary from the crew. On our trip south to Seward I was assigned a seat back away from the doorway which is used to move from car to car. I was in car C which is attached to the snack area/bar. So D, E, and F cars all travel forward to get to the Bar/Food. Of course this is expected on a train. But what I didn’t expect was the staffs inability to enforce the rules of the train. The staff stated several times over the PA system for parents to not allow their children under the age of 13 to move about the train by themselves. But of course there are always those parents that just don’t want to be bothered with actually being a parent. So on the return trip to Anchorage I along with several other adults had to put up with two kids running around back and forth through the passage door into the forward car. The passage doors are heavy and they would slam back and then slam forward. It was so loud it was extremely annoying. Cold air was coming in along with all the noise from the tracks. There was a couple sitting next to me that complained to the train attendant and they were moved to a different car so the kids would not bother them. Instead of addressing the parents to control their children they offer to move you to a different area! Whatever you do don’t say anything to a child because the train supervisor will come and tell you that you can’t tell someone else’s child to stop doing something that is wrong. I asked one of the kids to please find a seat and stop running back and forth between the cars. If the parent would have been with the child I wouldn’t have said anything to him. I’m retired now and a lot has changed in our world. I have to learn to keep to myself as things are moving in the wrong direction in our world. it’s only going to get worse. Alaska is truly a breath taking experience!
    Written 9 July 2024
  • Marion F
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wonderful Surprise in Talkeetna
    Due to bad weather , our flight to the Denali Glacier was sadly cancelled. Having experienced the delightful town of Talkeetna the day before ,we were in a quandary as to how to spend an overcast day . Thanks to a suggestion from our wonderful morning waitress ( did not catch her name ) at Latitudes Restaurant ( we ate there 5 times … it is fantastic) we took the Hurricane Turn Railroad ride through beautiful scenery and opportunities to spot wildlife . A highlight was seeing a young moose having dinner in a small lake. The conductor stopped the train allowing guests to take numerous photos. He walked through each car making sure people saw the moose . Mary, a wonderful guide on the train also made sure people saw specific sights. We sat on the left ( River Side, according to Mary) but the Non- River side was equally impressive … and everyone got up and moved around anyway, so selecting a “ good” side was a non- issue. We would like to give a huge shout out of praise for the entire staff we encountered on this unexpected excursion. A young Railroad attendant on the train heading up to Fairbanks prior to our Hurricane Trip , was helpful in contacting the right authorities so we could buy tickets. Our online attempts didn’t work ( our problem … not Alaskan Railroad’s) The young lady’s name is Rachel and she is the epitome of what a great staff member of a large organization should be: Friendly, knowledgeable, personable and ultimately helpful. We eventually met James D the ticketing agent who also was helped to load baggage for the Fairbanks trip. Talk about hardworking people!! Thank you ! We highly recommend the Hurricane Turn Trip!!!!
    Written 9 July 2024
  • bushmckay
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome views of Mt Denali
    Delightful trip to Denali National Park. 7.5 hrs. Breakfast and lunch was included with our Gold Star purchase. The commentator was beside himself with how clear a day it was for viewing Mt Denali in the distance. Great ride.
    Written 7 July 2024
  • kananp642
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best train ride in USA
    I took two rides. One was from Fairbanks to Anchorage and the other one was from Anchorage to Seward. Both are worth the value. If you are short on time then do try Anchorage to Seward ride. The whole stretch is scenic and I would love to get on this again.
    Written 7 July 2024
  • Kate J
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No better way to travel
    The train itself was clean and well run. Left of time, great information from the tour guides in both directions. The views were spectacular from all areas of the train with plenty of photo opportunities. The food onboard was well priced and easy to access with heaps of choice
    Written 6 July 2024
  • Maria M
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fire in Denali
    They kept us up to date with what would happen due to the wild fire in Denali National Park. The train company and the employees in Anchorage have been great. We booked a hotel with a 3rd party operator (trip.com) for the Denali Bluffs. It's been 2 hours and they haven't confirmed they will reimburse us even thought the hotel does not have electricity. Thank you Amtrak Anchorage You are the best!
    Written 3 July 2024
  • cherylaY5775FL
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    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nightmare Alaska Railroad vacation.
    This was the worst experience I have ever had. We booked our vacation through the railroad and we were so excited. We were trained to Talkeetna, then just abandoned. There was a fire in Denali and the park and hotels were closed. Of course there was nothing the railroad could do about the fire, but they literally abandoned us and a train full of people. Because there were so many people, the hotels in Talkeetna quickly sold out. There was one 25 person bus the railroad arranged to take people back to Anchorage but since there were hundreds of people trying to get back, it was impossible. The railroad site was (and still is) down. We called and spent hours on the phone with the railroad representative telling us there was nothing they could do. We called four different times. We went to the train depot in Talkeetna and again we're told there was nothing they could do. They should have never taken us out of Anchorage. Knowing there was a fire they cancelled the train to Denali but still busses hundreds of people in with no hotel for them to go to. They should have left the train in Talkeetna and offered to take people back to Anchorage. They should have sent another train to pick us all up. They should have arranged busses to pick us up and take us to Anchorage. They should have stayed in contact with us offering to help find lodging and transportation. This was an absolute nightmare. Also because the railroad booked our trip, we were unable to get refunds for the excursions and hotels that were closed. As of this review, the railroad has refused any refund of our 10 thousand dollar vacation booking. I would absolutely never use Alaska railroad for anything... Ever....ever .... Ever again.
    Written 2 July 2024
  • Mickysmom111
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real adventure! We loved it
    We rode Gold Star which included great meals in dining car. The seats were very comfortable with a tray for drinks. Bar service was provided. The staff was great. They deliver your luggage to your hotel for free. You climb up a curved, tight staircase into your train. It’s glass domed for beautiful views. There is an area to walk outside as well. This was our favorite part of our trip to Denali-riding the Alaska Train. It is expensive but is worth it if you aren’t pinching pennies. It is cheaper to take the bus and an hour faster too. But we worried about getting sick riding the big bus. Did not on the train.
    Written 29 June 2024
  • NapiliR
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Trip
    We took the train from Anchorage to Talkeetna. Good way to see the scenery and wildlife. Adventure Class has a shared dome car, but we had no problem securing seats whenever we went up there. No dining service on this trip, and the food in the Bistro Car was not very good.
    Written 29 June 2024
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Carotte
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We bought our tickets back in December 2021 for mid February 2022. A week before our departure from Anchorage, we were forced to push the trip due to COVID. They provide no other mean but a phone number to manage/cancel your booking, and after 40 minutes of waiting on the phone, I finally managed to speak to an agent. We moved our booking for two weeks later, and we were charged with the 10% change fee as they claim. Turns out that we couldn't find any accommodations on Fairbanks for March, so 24hr later I was calling once again to completely cancel our booking. After another 30 minutes of waiting, I got to speak to another agent, who had the sympathy of charging us only 5% of the cancelation fee (still, that makes it 15% of the price of the tickets). She confirmed to me that I should get the refund to my original payment method in 5 to 7 business days. 7 business days passed and the refund was nowhere to be seen. It took me another two days of complaints and another 50 minutes on the phone to get our refund back. They also promised on two occasions to give us a follow-up call, but they never did. I absolutely don't understand how they can run a business that is stuck in the 80s, nor I can understand how is it that they are so quickly to charge you, but take their time to return your money. We were really excited to return to Alaska and ride the Alaska Railroad, but after the regrettable experience that we had with this company, we'll never will.
Written 23 February 2022
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We regret to hear that you had such a poor experience with the Alaska Railroad. Please check your direct messages for a follow-up note from our reservations team – what you described is absolutely not up to our standard of customer service.
Written 14 March 2022
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Oceandreams13
Anchorage, AK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We were very pleased with our train ride from Fairbanks to Anchorage. I purchased breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast I had the biscuits and gravy which was very good. I had already eaten breakfast at my hotel so this was plenty. For lunch, I had a cheese burger and chips and it was also very good. For dinner, I had the roast beef, which I really didn't care for but at it anyway. Would not get that again, We brought our own drinks on board which was a great money saver. I brought my own Diet Coke along with some cups and my husband brought bottled water.I was given ice for my Diet Coke every time I ate in the dining room.. The conductor did a great job of narrating our trip which made the time go by fast. The views were amazing. I am looking forward to riding on the train again this summer.
Written 3 February 2023
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Kleime
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States489 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
So excited to do this 12 hour train ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks through the wilds of Alaska. We had a short wait for the window to open, but check in went smooth even though it was fairly crowded. We didn't realize that we were to do baggage check in while waiting in the depot to board until someone told us. We boarded at 8:00 am and departed at 8:30 am. All seats faced the front of the train and we were assigned seats. Our seat's window was not fully at our seat (the space between windows blocked part of our view). There were two passenger cars, a dining car and 2 restrooms at the back of each passenger car. Our car was sort of noisy and our view wasn't the best, so we checked with our car host and he said that we could move to the other car which wasn't full and much quieter. Each car had a host that pointed out wildlife, points of interest and answered questions. We had a great time with Lauren our host, she was very informative and told us some great stories. Each car had their own time to go to the dining car. We were served breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meals were good: for breakfast we had barley hot cereal with fruit compote and coconut milk, hot mint tea, biscuits with gravy & sausage; lunch we ate angus burgers, chips, beer; dinner there was caesar salad with chicken and pot roast with mashed potatoes. The scenery was beautiful with lakes, rivers, mountains and forests. We spotted moose, bald eagles and dall sheep. We went through Willow the official start of the Iditarod race, had short stops at Talkeetna and Denali, our stops were short because we were running late. We had different stops along the way called Flag stops where we would pick up passengers that live out in the middle of nowhere and use the train for transportation to the cities. Went over Hurricane Bridge our highest elevation of 2,253 ft. Some areas we could only go 5 mph so not to create a landslide. We were suppose to have arrived in Fairbanks at 8:00 pm but we didn't get in until 9:30 pm. The last part of the trip it was dark so we were ready to get off, but we really enjoyed the rest of our journey through beautiful Alaska.
Written 24 March 2023
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SarahB
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I took a book expecting to spend much of the 12 hour ride reading, but enjoyed the scenery and the crew’s commentary on history and wildlife so much that I never even opened my book. I highly recommend this adventure. I do have to warn you that the dining car meals are disappointing - not great offering’s, but worse, the food arrives cold. Stick to a sandwich or snacks from the bistro.
Written 7 March 2023
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Tracy P
Charlestown, IN19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful ride to Fairbanks! It was a snowy day so we didn’t get to see faraway views but the moose and towns along the way was awesome.

We never got off at the stops- not sure why people got off. Something I thought for sure I would do!

Seat assignment- this could be better as we had a short window with a fogged up one in front of us so our seat view was terrible. We moved to the cafe seats but couldn’t stay there all day. Lots of standing so we could see our other windows. It would be nice to let people move seats on an empty train.

Food was good and just enough choices.

Baggage pickup- wish there was a better and faster way to handle.

Lots of storage inside the rail cars for a day bag with snacks and warm clothes. Our car was freezing!
Written 4 March 2024
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KAlbin
Rockport, TX33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We took the Winter train from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The train was clean and safe, and the stewards provided lots of good information along the way. The winter train is flag stop so we made a few stops along the way. We saw a moose and an eagle but not much wildlife otherwise. The view of Denali was bright and sunny and beautiful! Rare to get the full view of the mountain because of the weather, but we did! We ate all three meals in the dining room and it was delicious and fairly priced. The trip was 12 hours from Anchorage to Fairbanks.
Written 16 October 2023
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Moto S
96 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The crew members were very friendly and helpful. Scenery was spectacular during daylight hours. The engine suffered multiple mechanical issues causing unplanned stops. The stops were not an issue but the electrical shutdowns adversely impacted food service due to interrupted power to their computer. The kitchen gave tour groups preferential seating, so as independent travelers we were last to be served at lunch and dinner. Our dinner was a rushed 15 minute gulp down of warm food as we arrived at Fairbanks. Alaska Railroad did not value us as independent travelers! They quickly took our money, but catered to tour groups.
Written 11 February 2024
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cooker72
Victoria, TX990 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a wonderful experience! It is almost a 12 hour trip, but the scenery is well worth the long ride! Comfortable assigned seats are nice….one down side is they do not have a plug at each seat! There is a charging set up at the back of each car if you need a quick charge! There is food for purchase at concession/bar area. You are also able to have seated service, order off the menu, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Food was tasty!
There is an on board guide that points out various sites, historical tidbits, and animal sightings! Before boarding, be sure to purchase the trip guide….lots of great info!
This was our 3rd trip on an Alaska Railroad…..highly recommend!
Written 3 March 2024
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caitlyn m
Nashville, TN399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great way to see Alaska in the winter. we have driven the entire route from seward to fairbanks in summer and driven fairbanks to healy in the winter and appreciate this perspective. you can’t stop and see some fun towns but it’s a great way to get from anchorage to fairbanks. some stop and stay in different towns as well.

scenic the whole way. the food cars has decent food as well .
Written 3 March 2022
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tonymicheller
Sydney, Australia77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We did this train ride as one of the key experiences of our Alaskan adventure. The train was comfortable enough with decent facilities. There was enough food and beverages to keep us fed during the trip. It was no problem to move about the train and there were options to sit in the open carriages. The scenery was ridiculously amazing until it became dark. The staff were friendly. We had to stop in the middle of nowhere to pick up a local and drop her at a neighbours place an hour up the track. The trip was held up while a moose ran along the track and there were others seen through the trees. It was a truly memorable experience in so many ways.
Written 21 February 2020
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