Alaska Railroad, is a historic way to travel in Alaska but NOT what you are used to when you think of train service!! There is railroad service to Seward, Whittier, and Fairbanks during summer months, and Fairbanks in the winter. There is typically one train a day, per location during the summer, and one per week to some locations in the winter. Because the Seward Highway is a National Scenic Byway, we recommend taking the train north from Anchorage, OR south from Fairbanks, as a way to explore the Interior. It’s a great way to visit Denali and Fairbanks. If you do train to Seward be prepared for logistical issues and higher car rental fees, or the need to partake in taxis, to see some of the most important sites.
Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in these our special cabins with spectacular wildlife and scenery surrounding them, just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula.
A historic way to travel in Alaska and still the method of much cargo transport, and travel to the interior year round. Alaska train service and schedule is unlike what you may be used to. There is one train a day to and from Seward. Seasonally only, from mid/late-May to mid-September. Departs Anchorage 6:45am, arrives Seward about 11:15 a.m. Departs Seward 6:00 p.m., arrives Anchorage 10:15p.m.
There are sometimes “seasonal” trains such as the Christmas train, however to date these are one-day round-trip excursions.
If you have your heart set on riding the train, consider taking the train to Denali and/or Fairbanks, since we recommend driving the Seward Highway it is one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL roads in the world! One way travel with the train will require renting a car or taking some other form of transportation for your return (bus, ferry, etc.), often a more costly solution than a rental car from Anchorage. Arrival times in Seward mean you have several hours with luggage before you can get into most lodging. On your day of departure you’ll have most of the day with luggage after you’ve checked out of your lodging.
Without a car you’re limited to taxi or shuttles. If you are staying with us, and will be arriving by train into Seward, please be sure to let us know so we may help with your logistics! You can rent a car for use just in the Seward area if you want to do the train round trip, or if you are taking a cruise ship and just need the train for one way. See our page on Rental Cars for more info on the local car rental option. Visit the Alaska Railroad website for rates and more information about the train