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Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks via Denali Star Train on Alaska Railroad

Excursion Overview

The Alaska Railroad's flagship train

Note: for a round trip, add the Fairbanks to Anchorage train or view all of our Alaska Railroad routes.

Take a journey through Alaska's Interior region to Fairbanks, the largest city in these parts. Fairbanks is located just short of the Arctic Circle, a mere 188 miles south. "The Golden Heart City" is known as both a reference to the discovery of gold in 1902 as well as for its close proximity to the geographic center of Alaska. Even with a fairly large population, over 30,000 people, Fairbanks remains a charming frontier travel destination.

Out of Alaska's five geographic regions, this adventure's route spans over two of these, the Interior and South Central. On sunny, clear-skied days guests can experience the sights of the Denali mountain, one of North America's tallest peaks. Offering views of the occasional remote cabin along the snaking Indian River as well as the expansive sights from the top of the 296-foot bridge that beautifully displays Hurricane Gulch, this experience is one for the scrapbook.

Adventure Class Pricing: Experience rail travel across Alaska at our best rate. Adventure Class cars offer comfortable seating and large picture windows. Open-air vestibules between railcars provide an opportunity for fresh air and excellent photo ops. Adventure Class guests are encouraged to travel between railcars, whether to take advantage of the open seating in our Vista Dome cars or visit the Wilderness Cafe.

Adventure Class features:
- Confirmed seat with large picture windows
- Onboard dining and bar service available for purchase in the Wilderness Cafe*
- Freedom to explore between Adventure Class cars
- Access to open seating in Vista Dome car

GoldStar Pricing: The Alaska Railroad's premium class of service offers passengers an exceptional way to travel across Alaska. Glass-dome ceilings allow for panoramic views as Alaska unfolds along the tracks, and an outdoor, upper-level viewing platform - the only of its kind in the world - offers fresh air and an excellent vantage point for photos. On the lower level of GoldStar railcars, passengers enjoy a full-service dining room; GoldStar tickets include meals, all soft beverages, and two complimentary adult beverages per trip for passengers over 21.

GoldStar Service features:
- Glass-dome ceilings
- Upper-level outdoor viewing platforms
- Inclusive dining at the lower-level full-service dining car
- Private bar and two complimentary adult beverages
- Comfortable forward-facing seats
- Alaskan tour guide providing narration
- Fully accessible

Please Note: Baggage service is available. Each ticketed passenger may check two pieces of luggage. The luggage weight limit is 50lbs per bag. The baggage fee for bikes, excess, oversized, and overweight bags is $20.00 per item. One carry-on item is allowed per person. Carry-on bags may not exceed 15" x 14" x 6". Please remember to carry on medications, cameras or other items that you will need during your train ride.

Things You Need to Know


  • Transportation
  • Baggage Service (Up to two 50lbs bags checked plus one carry-on which may not exceed 15" x 14" x 6")
  • GoldStar Service ONLY:
    - Breakfast entree + Coffee, Tea, or Juice
    - Lunch entree + Coffee, Tea, or Soda


  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 11.75 hours (From Anchorage Train Depot to Fairbanks Train Depot.)

  • 1.25 hours - from Anchorage to Wasilla
  • 5 minutes - stop in Wasilla
  • 1.5 hours - from Wasilla to Talkeetna
  • 15 minutes - stop in Talkeetna
  • 4 hour 20 minutes - from Talkeetna to Denali
  • 20 minutes - stop in Denali
  • 4 hours - from Denali to Fairbanks

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Anchorage Train Depot. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is wheelchair-accessible. Please leave a comment during checkout if accessibility accommodations will be required. If the operator is unaware beforehand of necessary accommodations, they may not be able to accommodate guests day of.

Refund Policy:

  • Cancellations made one or more days prior to travel are 90% refundable (there is a 10% cancellation fee). Cancellations made on the day of travel are non-refundable.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, this tour is wheelchair accessible.

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.


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Best Price Guarantee!


Duration: 11.75 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 11.75 hours

Adult - Adventure Class: $277.00

Child (2-11) - Adventure Class: $139.00

Adult - GoldStar: $509.00

Child (2-11) - GoldStar: $290.00

Lap Child - Free (Under 2): $0.00

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