10  Helpful Tips

To Know About the Alaska Railroad:

What to Book, What to Expect During Your Trip, and More!

Taking a train journey on the Alaska Railroad is a great way to see the great state of Alaska from another perspective. Whether you’re booking an Alaska cruise or just visiting on your own, adding a ride on the Alaska Railroad is a bucket list experience.

How Early Do I Need to Book Alaska Railroad Tickets?

Alaska Railroad tickets tend to fill up very far in advance, so it’s important to book your tickets as soon as possible.

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Alaska  Railroad Classes:  GoldStar Service vs. Adventure Class

GoldStar Service is the nicer section of the train that has fewer seats and has a domed car, allowing epic views of the Alaskan landscapes.  Adventure Class is everybody else.

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The Alaska Railroad features two main routes and then a couple of secondary routes.  The two main routes are the Denali Star and the Coastal Classic.

What Routes are Available on  the Alaska Railroad?

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The food available on board the train depends on what class of service you book.  If you’ve booked the luxurious GoldStar Service, sit-down dining is offered during your train ride.

What Food  Options Are  Available on Board?

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The seats between GoldStar Service and Adventure Class on the Alaska Railroad weren’t as different as you might expect.  The seats themselves in GoldStar were the tiniest bit bigger and a bit roomier.

What Seat Amenities Are Available in Each Class?

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