What Is the Alaska Railroad Winter Schedule?

Winter in Alaska is not for the faint of heart. We get it – it’s dark and cold! However, those who are brave enough to visit during this season are rewarded with some truly unforgettable experiences. Take the Alaska Railroad for example. This extensive rail system connects over 400 miles of frozen landscape, offering views of Alaska’s lakes, rivers, mountains, and wildlife. All you have to do is hop aboard! Here’s what’s on the Alaska Railroad winter schedule this year.

A ride on the Alaska Railroad is fun for passengers of all ages. For more information on things to do in Alaska in winter, be sure to download our Vacation Guide! You’ll find recommendations for local restaurants, outdoor recreation, annual events, and much more. The best part? It’s free!

Check Out the Alaska Railroad Winter Schedule

The Aurora Train (September – May)

There’s nothing better than experiencing Alaska’s snow-covered backcountry from the comfort of a warm railcar, and on the Aurora Winter Train, you can do just that. This line travels from Anchorage to Fairbanks and offers a breathtaking vista of Denali and the Susitna River. (Keep your eyes peeled for wild moose along the way!) Large picture windows and onboard dining complete the experience.

The Aurora Winter Train runs every weekend from September to May and offers weekday service on select dates in December, January, February, and March. To view the full train schedule, visit the Alaska Railroad website.

The Hurricane Turn Train (October – May)

Looking to meet some locals? Take the Winter Hurricane Turn Train from Anchorage to Hurricane Gulch. This train offers a flag stop service for Alaskans who need to reach remote cabins and homes. Most are located in Chase, a sparsely populated community in the middle of the wilderness. Start up a conversation with an Alaskan passenger and you’ll hear some incredible stories about life in backcountry Alaska.

Local Tip: Consider taking the train all the way to Hurricane. You’ll cross the spectacular Hurricane Gulch bridge over Hurricane Creek, almost 300 feet above the water!

The Holiday Train (December)

If you’re visiting the 49th state at Christmastime, be sure to check out the Alaska Railroad Holiday Train. You and your family can enjoy a scenic ride along Turnagain Arm with carolers, a magician, and, of course, Santa Claus! It’s a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit. The departure schedule is as follows:

Saturdays, December 2, 9 & 16, 2017

  • Morning Train: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon Train: 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Now that you know a little bit about the Alaska Railroad winter schedule, it’s time to start planning your trip to the Last Frontier! Our bed and breakfast is the perfect place to stay and is an easy drive from the train depot in Wasilla. We have a wide selection of accommodations to choose from, including cottages, apartments, single guest rooms, and more. You’ll even receive a hot breakfast each morning. To make your reservations, check our availability online or give us a call at (907) 746-2333. We look forward to having you!

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