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Aurora Winter Train - Day Tours

46 reviews
Anchorage, AK, USA
About Aurora Winter Train - Day Tours
See Alaska from a whole new perspective. Enjoy serene beauty and personal attention aboard the Aurora Winter Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The train travels north on Saturdays and returns, Fairbanks to Anchorage on Sunday. The Alaska Railroad sells complete winter rail vacations including hotel stays and activities. Enjoy clear views of Mt. McKinley, wildlife and the aurora borealis aboard the Aurora Winter Train.
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Reviewed April 3, 2019

We left Ancorage at 8:30 a.m. for an epic journey to Fairbanks. Once clear of Anchorage, the scenery is ceaselessly beautiful on both sides of the train car, and well visible from big windows in both the passenger car and the cafe car. As my...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Steven C
Reviewed February 26, 2019

What an amazing trip! We left Fairbanks, AK at 8:30am and arrived at Anchorage at 8:30pm. It was a beautiful trip with beautiful scenery plus sightings of moose and coyote. Best of all was the weather cleared and Denali came into total view! Gorgeous! The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank choicegirl
Reviewed February 22, 2019

We boarded in Talkeetna and rode to Fairbanks. What fun. Very informative guides and beautiful views. Saw moose, Dall sheep and Lots of Snow! The sun even came out for a minute. Author Shannon Cartwright boarded when she picked up her supplies. She was gracious...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LisaDGT
Reviewed February 20, 2019

I used the Aurora Winter Train to travel from Fairbanks to Denali in February. This really is an excellent way to see Alaska in winter. They offer a bistro service and a dining car; the food and drinks were good. The staff was friendly and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Susie1028
Reviewed February 4, 2019

We travelled from Anchorage to Fairbanks and had a great day. A brilliant way to see Alaska in winter. There was a couple there who go every year. Really friendly staff; food and drinks were good. The train commentary was good without being intrusive. They...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank DonnaGetMeStarted
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Dining service was terrible, unless you were "Gold Star" The Chefs were 4 Star! Gold Star members were served " First " I wasn't going to pay well over $300 for this " Gold Star" Service! Already $283 in. Kenai Fjords Park tour was 3...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 106kenh
Reviewed July 14, 2018

We boarded the train at Anchorage, first stop Girdwood then on to Portage,after that we stopped at Whitttter, Spencerand last was Grandviw. Some of the stops were brief. Whittier and Grandview were 45-60 minutes.you can be dropped off for rafting and picked up on the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Paulette M
Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

Almost 12 hours of breathtaking scenery. Best value in Alaska. Alana made the trip so much fun. She is the onboard supervisor and she was full of information which she shared. So happy the we made this trip

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank Mildred5404
Reviewed January 29, 2018

We recently (Dec. 23 & Dec. 27) traveled from Anchorage to Fairbanks and then a few days later in the reverse direction on the Aurora Winter Train. It was FANTASTIC. The cars were clean and comfortable as were the seats. The thing I want most...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Marjory C
Reviewed January 1, 2018

The twelve hours go quickly if you busy yourself watching for wildlife and scenery. Its also a flag stop off the grid. All scheduled stops are very short and you are not allowed to get off the train.

Date of experience: February 2017
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April 10, 2018|
Response from Mildred5404 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I’m not Marjory but will share info with you. Most tours do not operate in the winter in Fairbanks. We were there in April. The Santa Claus house was closed. We drove to Denali to enjoy the park without many visitors. We... More