Aurora Winter Train

Aurora Winter Train returning to Anchorage Alaska.

Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Train

The Alaska Railroad runs a special Aurora Winter Train between Anchorage and Fairbanks in the wintertime. Much like the summer Denali Star train, the route includes stops in Talkeetna and Denali National Park, although in the winter the views are quite different. The train passes through spruce forests now white with frost and along wide rivers completely covered in ice. Winter weather tends to be more stable, too, so passengers are more likely to see Denali on the trip between Anchorage and the Denali National Park Depot.

The winter train has Adventure Class seating with forward-facing seats and picture windows. There is also a Wilderness Café car stocked with grab-and-go snacks, sandwiches, and hot or cold beverages for purchase. Be sure to bring a credit card, as cash is not accepted on the train.

This seasonal train only operates on weekends. The northbound train leaves Anchorage for Fairbanks on Saturday. The southbound train runs the opposite line on Sunday.

You can find more information about the Aurora Winter Train plus Alaska winter vacation packages and things to do in the winter on our full product website More questions? We’re here to help, just give us a call at 800-266-8625.