Spotlight on Alaska’s Wilderness Express Dome Rail Service

Once a service only cruise line passengers could experience, today the Alaskan-owned and operated Wilderness Express welcomes everyone—large group and independent travelers alike. Those travelers are treated to some of the swankiest service on the rails. The Wilderness Express also offers both adult and child fares, making this premier rail option ideal for families traveling with children ages 2 to 11.

What exactly is the Wilderness Express? It’s a private rail car service that travels with the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star train between Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali, and Fairbanks. Check-ins and luggage are handled the same as Alaska Railroad passengers, but Wilderness Express ticketholders enjoy their own spacious private car and dedicated staff.

Ride in Style

Wilderness Express cars have two levels. A private dining room, small gift shop, and outdoor viewing platform are situated on the lower level, while all passenger seating and a full-service bar take up the upper. Any traveler with limited mobility or in a wheelchair can move between the rail platform and car levels via a lift and elevator.

The Wilderness Express boasts the roomiest seating on the rails. Passengers enjoy reclining leather seats equipped with power outlets and tray tables. And yet, for as comfortable as those seats are, it’s the dome windows that passengers adore. They run the entire length of the car and provide unobstructed views. You won’t miss a thing, not a wildflower nor a mountaintop nor a soaring bald eagle, with windows like these.

Local Flavor

Most travelers seek authentic Alaskan food on their northern vacations. The Wilderness Express happily provides plenty of options. Onboard chefs prepare fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes featuring several favorite local ingredients:

  • Organic birch syrup from Talkeetna and local reindeer sausage.
  • Fresh produce from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.
  • Fresh caught crab, halibut, and Copper River salmon (when in season).
  • Alaskan-brewed craft beers and ciders plus locally roasted coffee.


How to Book

Wilderness Express tickets can be purchased online exclusively through If you’d prefer to chat about your options first, give us a call directly. Much like the GoldStar Dome or McKinley Explorer train services, the Wilderness Express adds a great deal of value to a ride on the railroad. Treat yourself! It’s a truly worthwhile upgrade from a standard Adventure Class ticket for at least one leg of your travel through Alaska.


At Alaska Tour & Travel, we specialize in building custom trips for every timeline, personality, and budget. If you’d like to have an Alaskan plan your Alaska trip, give us a call at 800-208-0200.



  1. Jim
    January 22nd, 2019 | 2:16 pm


    Could you send me a copy of the travel schedule and rate charges? I would like to plan a trip to Alaska this summer. Is there special pricing for over 65, military or AAA? Do you have off and on tickets – where you can travel from one city to the next get off – spend time, overnight, and get back on. Much like the European Rail Pass?


  2. January 22nd, 2019 | 2:59 pm

    Jim, we’ll send you an email, answers to questions and introduction this afternoon!

  3. tom spriggs
    January 22nd, 2019 | 3:11 pm

    would love more info on this. schedules, stops, prices

  4. Colleen m
    January 22nd, 2019 | 8:32 pm

    Does this follow the same tracks as the Yukon white pass train? And what’s a adult price to ride? And how long is the ride?

  5. Mary Kelly-Schultze
    January 23rd, 2019 | 5:01 am

    Hi Do you have over 65. AARP or AAA discounts? Also do you have on and off tickets to spend the night in different locations? Thanks!

  6. Doug long
    January 23rd, 2019 | 5:35 am

    Would you send me a rate and schedule we are going to be in Alaska in August of this year. Please include special pricing for seniors AAAetc. Info about on /off tickets overnight stops etc.

  7. Tyler Cohn
    January 23rd, 2019 | 9:10 am

    Hi Jim,

    I’m one of the agents here at Alaska Tour and Travel I’m happy to clarify those questions about train travel for you. You can find a complete schedule for the train here:

    And all of the rates are listed here:

    Unfortunately we don’t offer any sort of senior or AAA discounts, but anyone with an active military ID would qualify for a military discount of 20%. The train is purchased by segment, so there isn’t anything akin to the European Rail Pass you mentioned. You would buy your ticket from each separate location to facilitate any overnights you’re hoping to spend along the way. I hope this helps to clarify everything for you!

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