Q: We arrive in Whittier via a cruise and would like to get a train to Denali National Park that same day. Is it possible to travel by train? If not, can we get a bus to Anchorage and then pick up the train on the same day?
A: The Alaska Railroad only operates one train to Denali from Anchorage per day and it departs at 8:15 AM, so there is no way to connect to this train via cruise arrival. The only way to get from Whittier to Denali in one day is by the Park Connection motorcoach. I would recommend taking the motorcoach going to Denali, then ride the train on your return to Anchorage. Alternatively, you can spend the night in Anchorage, and then take the train from Anchorage to Denali the following day.