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Alaska Railroad announces midweek winter trains, discounted fares


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Railroad is launching special midweek Aurora Winter Train departures along with offering discounted fares throughout March. With northbound trains departing Anchorage on Tuesday, March 11 and 18, and southbound trains departing Fairbanks on Wednesday, March 12 and 19, these trains conveniently coincide with most Alaska schools’ spring breaks, providing both residents and visitors the opportunity to ride the budget-friendly rails.

During March, the special roundtrip fare is only $215 between Anchorage and Fairbanks. For students, the price is reduced to $178 for a roundtrip fare; and children ages two to 11 are $108. Infants under age two who require a seat will need to purchase a child’s ticket for $108; however, there is no fee for children ages zero to 23 months who are considered “infant in lap.” This offer is extended throughout the month of March and is not confined only to legs on the new midweek trains.

Made possible by the midweek routes, new potential northbound itineraries include departure from Anchorage on Saturday with return from Fairbanks on Wednesday or departure from Anchorage on Tuesday and return from Fairbanks on Sunday. Possible southbound itineraries depart Fairbanks on Wednesday and return from Anchorage on Saturday or depart Fairbanks on Sunday and return from Anchorage on Tuesday.

With plenty of exciting activities in both Fairbanks and Anchorage in March, the Alaska Railroad’s special fares and midweek departures provide an ideal opportunity to take a trip on the train. Enjoy the scenery while traveling north to Fairbanks for the BP World Ice Art Championships, an aurora borealis viewing tour, a trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort or an Arctic Circle tour. Pack your skis and head south to Anchorage for a weekend at Girdwood’s renowned snow sport property Alyeska Resort or even a spring break shopping spree.

Tickets are now available for purchase. For more information about mid-week Aurora Winter Trains and the March special, visit www.AlaskaRailroad.com. To book, please call Alaska Railroad reservations at 907-265-2494, or outside Anchorage at 800-544-0552.

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