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Great train ride, but slow

This train is an alternative to the Alaska Railway and is owned by a cruise line and mostly for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Christine G
Lanark, United Kingdom
Relax and enjoy

This 8 hour ride from Anchorage to Denali was wonderful! Our Holland America tour group had its own... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nadene R
San Jose, California, United States
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
Fairbanks, AK
+1 800-266-8625
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This train is an alternative to the Alaska Railway and is owned by a cruise line and mostly for boats passengers. However they sell tickets to independent travellers. It's cheaper that the Alaska Railway and all passengers travel in dome cars with a guide to...More

Thank Christine G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This 8 hour ride from Anchorage to Denali was wonderful! Our Holland America tour group had its own dedicated domed railcar which provided breath-taking views. The seats were comfortable and passengers had the ability to move throughout the car. I was quite surprised at the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No need for speed, rest and relax enjoy the journey. Sure, the bus will arrive in Denali or Anchorage sooner. But you don’t travel by train to arrive first. Meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner were tasty. Ask the bartender for a brown bear. I now...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We rode down from Fairbanks to Denali on the morning train. Tyler was our host. Funny and very informative and knowledgeable. Staff was courteous prompt and friendly. Food was excellent as well. I didn’t realize just HOW good they all were until I rode the...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took an 5 hour bus trip from Anchorage to Denali and this train took 8 hours to cover the same distance. Little slower and more scenic. Wonderful beverage and dining service. Would have been perfect if it wasn't for the 1 and a half year...More

Thank ebur104075
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A few days ago we came up to Denali from Anchorage on the McKinley Explorer - it was wonderful. The carriage felt new. So easy to photograph through the windows, so even though you could go outside onto the little deck, where it was sooo...More

Thank DiannesReviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This train is comfortable, the food is good, and reasonably priced, and the staff knowledgeable and engaging. Very relaxing, with gorgeous views the entire trip!

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

if travelling from anchorage to denali or vice versa this is the only way to go. beautiful panorama view train cars with full bar service and dining facilities for the 7 hr trip could'nt be more pleasant. on a clear day views are spectactular ride...More

Thank tomandpeggyl
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The staff was terrific, food was very good! Overall the trip was a wonderful experience because you could walk around and go to the observation decks for a totally different view.

Thank Corky G
Reviewed July 6, 2018

The Dome Car is a great way to travel. The scenery and the service is exceptional. Our bartender called Tess in the Dome section (upstairs) served us great cocktails and snacks. The meal downstairs in the dining section was great too, though I would suggest...More

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August 19, 2017|
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Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Yes - single or they have packages - go to there web site for information!
July 31, 2017|
Response from Bob S | Reviewed this property |
Yes - easiest to call railroad direct - very helpful people !
Marianne H
July 31, 2017|
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Response from Tim L | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you give them a call as one is open for public travel three times a week as I understand, and the other is owned by Holland America Cruiselines and I do not know their booking procedures. I believe information can... More