The Denali Star may be the most comfortable transportation option available to get to Denali National Park. Every summer morning, the Denali Star Train departs Anchorage north bound and Fairbanks south bound on a journey to Denali National Park. On a clear day, passengers will enjoy sights of Mount Denali (Mt. McKinley), North America’s highest peak.
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The Denali Star may be the most comfortable transportation option available to get to Denali National Park. Every summer morning, the Denali Star Train departs Anchorage northbound and Fairbanks southbound on a journey to Denali National Park. On a clear day, passengers will enjoy sights of Mount Denali.

The Denali Star Train travels between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The Anchorage northbound and Fairbanks southbound departs at 8:15 am for the 356-mile, 12-hour trip with stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali National Park; while in Fairbanks, the southbound Denali Star embarks on the reverse.

Traveling between Anchorage and Talkeetna, 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. North of Talkeetna, the tracks veer away from the road system and into the Hurricane backcountry 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. Just south of Denali National Park, Broad Pass offers majestic views of the Alaska Range in all directions; north of the park, the train winds along Healy Canyon, following the curves of the Nenana River below.

Here is what you can expect once you step onboard the Denali Star Train:
  • Large picture windows
  • Forward-facing reclining seats
  • Dining cars
  • Tour guides provide commentary
  • Gift shop onboard
  • Non-smoking cars
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GoldStar Service Features:
  • Confirmed seat in the upper-level dome car
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages served at your seat
  • A full-time bar attendant is available to those looking for libations
  • Meals are included - Priority seating in the lower-level dining room showcasing original Alaska artwork
  • Private outdoor viewing deck - the only one of its kind
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Denali Star - Denali Park Train Schedule
Northbound From/To Depart Arrive
Anchorage – Wasilla 8:15am 9:30am
Wasilla* – Talkeetna 9:35am 11:05am
Talkeetna – Denali 11:20am 3:40pm
Denali – Fairbanks 4:00pm 8:00pm
Southbound From/To Depart Arrive
Fairbanks – Denali 8:15am 12:10pm
Denali – Talkeetna 12:30am 4:40pm
Talkeetna – Wasilla 5:00pm 6:15pm
Wasilla* – Anchorage 6:20pm 8:00pm
* Trains may depart early from these stops when all reserved passengers are on board.

Tour Dates And Rates
May 17 - September 17
North Anchorage - Denali/Fairbanks

South Fairbanks/Denali - Anchorage
GoldStar Dome Seat (first-class seats) meals are included. Adventure Seats/(standard seats) there is a dinning car where meals can be purchased.

Regular Season (June 1 - August 31)
Route Adventure Class Adult/Child (2-11) Goldstar Service Adult/Child (2-11)
Anchorage — Denali $167/84 $306/169
Anchorage — Wasilla $63/32 $180/98
Anchorage — Talkeetna $101/51 $220/119
Anchorage — Fairbanks $239/120 $430/245
Talkeetna — Denali $95/48 $215/117
Talkeetna — Fairbanks $141/71 $290/167
Denali — Fairbanks $73/37 $168/98

Value Season (May 17 - 31 and September 1 - 17)

Route Adventure Class Adult/Child (2-11) Goldstar Service Adult/Child (2-11)
Anchorage — Denali $133/67 $267/153
Anchorage — Wasilla $50/25 $164/91
Anchorage — Talkeetna $82/41 $198/109
Anchorage — Fairbanks $239/120 $377/223
Talkeetna — Denali $82/41 $199/11
Talkeetna — Fairbanks $114/57 $259/154
Denali — Fairbanks $58/29 $152/92

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