Your adventure begins when you board our bus for the journey through Denali National Park and into Kantishna. During your travel to and from the Kantishna Roadhouse you will have excellent opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitat. The height of the bus and its large sliding windows provide the perfect viewing platform as you meander through Denali Park. Our experienced Driver/Guides are expert wildlife spotters and will stop the bus whenever an animal or view of Mt. McKinley comes into range. Binoculars and cameras will be put to great use as you enjoy the amazing landscapes and animals of Denali.
The Denali Train Depot is our pick up point at 12:30 pm. Look for our red and white bus at the far end (south end) of the Denali Train Depot and check in with our expediter or driver.
- 12:30 PM – Check-in (Please be at the bus with your luggage no later than 12:45 pm to check in)
- 1:30 PM - Depart Denali Park Train Depot
- 7:45 PM - Arrive Kantishna Roadhouse
- 6:20 AM - Depart Kantishna Roadhouse **
- 11:30 AM - Arrive Denali Park Train Depot
** The departure day schedule is timed to connect with rail service and may change if the rail schedule changes.
IMPORTANT: Guests are limited to one (1) piece of checked baggage and one small carry-on that will fit overhead or at your feet. Excess baggage will be charged at $50.00 per piece with no exceptions.
Getting to and from Denali National Park
from Anchorage or Fairbanks
The Alaska Railroad has daily departures from Anchorage and Fairbanks; reservations are necessary and can be made by calling (800) 544-0552.
- Arriving from Fairbanks:
The incoming train to Denali Park from Fairbanks arrives at 12:00 PM, therefore you can make an easy connection with our bus on the day of your reservation.
- Arriving from Anchorage:
The incoming train to Denali from Anchorage arrives at 3:45 PM. If arriving via train from Anchorage, you will need to arrive a day ahead of your reservation at the Kantishna Roadhouse and make a reservation to overnight near the park entrance and connect with our bus at 12:30 PM at the Rail Station the following day (the day of your reservation.) We recommend staying at Denali River Cabins and we will be happy to book your room for you. A van will take you from the Denali River Cabins to meet the Kantishna Roadhouse bus the next day.
Major car rental companies are available in both Fairbanks and Anchorage. There are no rental car companies or drop-off facilities at or near Denali National Park.
It is wise to plan 6 hours for a leisurely drive from Anchorage to the park entrance and 3 hours driving time from Fairbanks.
IMPORTANT: Private vehicles must be parked at the Visitor's Center parking lot. Private vehicles are NOT allowed to park at Denali Park Rail Station and will be towed at your expense if left there.
When arriving in Denali by car, please drop your bags off at our bus (which will be parked at the Denali Train Station at 12:30 pm) and park in the Visitor's Center parking lot. (Note: For the summer of 2013 the Riley Creek long-term parking lot is closed for construction.) Do NOT leave your car at the train station while staying at the Kantishna Roadhouse. The Visitor Center parking is a very short walk from the Train Station.
Motor coach/Passenger Van
Motor coach and passenger van services are available from Anchorage and passenger van service is available from Fairbanks. Reservations are necessary. We recommend The Park Connection motor coach services from Anchorage to Denali; you can reserve on-line at www.alaskatravel.com or call them at 800-208-0200. From Fairbanks to Denali we recommend the Alaska Yukon Trails; you can reserve on line at www.alaskashuttle.com or call them at 800-770-7275.
Air charter services are available. Reservations are necessary. We can provide you with telephone numbers and information for these services or book them for you. We recommend Kantishna Air Taxi service.
NOTE: If you elect to fly into the Kantishna Roadhouse on your arrival date, you must arrange to arrive no earlier than 5:00 pm. If you elect to fly out from the Kantishna Roadhouse on your departure day, your check-out time is 10:00 AM; please arrange with the air taxi service to pick you up at the Roadhouse with their ground transportation by no later than 10:00 AM.