Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way

12 Reviews | Anchorage, USA

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4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Departing from downtown Anchorage, the Coastal Classic Train travels south along the rugged coastline of Turnagain Arm, with dramatic views of the Chugach Mountains plunging directly to the sea. At the end of Turnagain Arm, the tracks veer away from the road system into the backcountry wilderness – and what many consider to be the most scenic stretch of the Alaska Railroad, accessible only by train. Watch for views of massive glaciers, steep river canyons, and cascading waterfalls. The train arrives to Seward at 1115 am, allowing plenty of time to explore this charming port town – or opt to take a marine wildlife & glacier day cruise into the nearby Kenai Fjords.



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Average 4.58 out of 5 stars based on 12 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
Brrr0821, Aug 2021 Verified
Seward round trip, next day. Great food, great staff, great landscape views from Gold star cars. Not much wildlife, but did see salmon, beluga whales, and beautiful sunset.
Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
James_Hytner, Aug 2021 Verified
It’s not inexpensive but it is great experience with a view. We did book the observation car (Cars A and B) and were rewarded with spectacular weather. Check in was fast and organized as well as the boarding process. Seats were comfortable and service was attentive. Food was better than average which I consider a success considering the short ride and the need for two seatings. The views went from typical train sights to wonderful mountain and lake vistas for most of the ride. Not sure when it rains but we were fortunate to have exceptional August weather. We spent 2 days in Seward snd then took the train back to Anchorage for another couple of hours of picture perfect views. Definitely consider building this expense into your Alaska travel budget - you will not be disappointed.
Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
CindyandJohn90503, Aug 2021 Verified
This was my second time on the Alaska Railroad, this time going from Anchorage to Seward. As like before, the scenery and immersive experience somehow make this so much more than a travel method. We rode the gold-star section because of the views and food and it is worth it. We got to move around a lot too, and went outside on the balcony which is quite a blast. The railroad depot in Seward is quaint and hassle-free. Taxis and hotel shuttles are waiting for you as you disembark. We actually rented a car from Hertz for a few days to navigate through Seward, which was right around the corner from the train depot, so a snap logistically. The train depot is also situated next to a couple of restaurants - Mermaid Cafe’, and The Stacks, in case a meal is desired. Highly recommend and will use again next trip we travel in Alaska.
Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
M T, Aug 2021 Verified
Did the Gold Star Dome with my family and loved it. Great scenery. Dining service was good. Was glad I did the dome; other would have been nice but would have had to take turns. We had outdoor viewing in back of the train car that was also nice. The young girls hosting did a great job.
Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
Norma, Aug 2021 Verified
Had a blast. Would do it again when come back. Our son never been on a train. He love loved. Want to do again.
Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
Alice P, Aug 2020 Verified

This was an amazing train ride! We rode from Anchorage to Seward, one way! The views unbelievable awesome.

Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
Denise, Jul 2020 Verified

A train ride seeing the most beautiful areas of Alaska, well worth it! Amazing views of glaciers and wildlife alike then a stop in Seward, AK where you can go on a boat excursions

Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
Seth S, Jul 2019 Verified

This has to be the best way to get to Seward to begin your Alaskan Cruise adventure! We stayed in Anchorage for 2 days before getting on the Alaskan Railroad for this once in a lifetime, one-way trip from Anchorage to Seward. The ride was smooth, the visibility was excellent and our operators provided informative narration throughout this 4 hour journey. We were told not to miss this trip and it did not disappoint!

Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
BKB, Jul 2019 Verified

The railroad experience was informative and the sights were breathtaking! The check-in process was well organized given the high volume of passengers. The windows were extremely large and the seats were very comfortable.

Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward One Way
J a, Aug 2021 Verified
Outstanding sightseeing. At key points, train slowed and excellent commentary was provided. Service personnel was friendly and helpful. Although masking was mandatory, it was weakly enforced on the train and many passengers were unmasked - very unnerving.

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