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Experience the splendor of winter in Alaska from the comfort of a warm railcar, complete with comfortable seats, large picture windows and onboard dining. The Aurora Winter Train travels between Fairbanks and Anchorage, making the southbound 12-hour journey on Sundays, as well as select mid-week departures (Wednesdays and/or Fridays) December through March. Flagstop service is provided along the 50-mile stretch of roadless backcountry south of Hurricane Gulch. While the Aurora Winter Train travels the same stretch of tracks as the summer Denali Star Train, the views are strikingly distinct; the vibrant colors of Alaska’s summer landscape give way to the quiet serenity of pristine snow.  On a clear day, a spectacular view of Denali rises into view above the Susitna River. And anywhere along the tracks, a watchful eye may be rewarded with the sight of a moose in the wild.

The route spans two of Alaska’s five geographic regions – Southcentral and Interior Alaska. North of the Denali National Park, the train winds along Healy Canyon, following the curves of the Nenana River below. South of the park, Broad Pass offers majestic views of the Alaska Range in all directions. North of Talkeetna, the tracks veer away from the road system and into the backcountry Hurricane area; this region offers views of the snaking Indian River, the occasional remote cabin and the expansive sight of Hurricane Gulch from the top of a 296-foot bridge. Traveling between Talkeetna and Anchorage, the train crosses the Knik River with the Chugach Mountains as a backdrop. Just south of Talkeetna, watch for views of Denali rising high above the Susitna River. 
  • Depart Fairbanks at 8:30 am
  • Arrive Anchorage at 8:00 pm
  • Explore Anchorage on your own, accommodations booked separately and at own expense
  • (Option for accommodations or additional rail transportation - to be scheduled directly with Alaska Railroad after booking)
Snack bar and optional dining available for purchase.


    Location: Fairbanks, United States of America

    Duration: 12 hours

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      Departure Point:
      Alaska Railroad Depot
      1031 Alaska Railroad Depot Road
      Fairbanks, AK 99701

      Departure Time: 08:30 am Plan to check-in one hour prior to the scheduled departure time.  Reservations and seat assignments may be altered or reassigned if passenger and baggage are not checked in 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure. All passengers must check-in at the ticket counter in order to receive their Boarding Pass. The Transportation Security Administration requires that any Alaska Railroad passenger 18 years of age or older present a government issued photo ID , or two other forms of ID , one of which must be issued by a government authority.  Children under the age of 16 may only travel in the company of an adult 18 years or older.

      Return Details:
      411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
      Accommodations and additional transportation to be booked separately and at own expense. May be booked independently or through Alaska Railroad directly.

    • Inclusions:
      • One-way rail transportation from Fairbanks to Anchorage
      • Comfortable reserved seating in non-smoking cars
      • Baggage services
      • Optional dining and snack bar

    • Exclusions:
      • Lodging in Anchorage
      • Tours and activities in Anchorage
      • Transportation after arriving in Anchorage
      • These options can be booked independently or through Alaska Railroad directly after booking.

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Wheelchair accessible
      • 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.

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