Yukon Rail and Bus Adventure
See the Yukon via Rail and Bus
Fall under "The Spell of the Yukon" with the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, while following the trail of the Sourdoughs between Skagway, Alaska, and Yukon Territory, Canada. Welcome to the Yukon Rail & Bus Excursion in Skagway!
Departing from Skagway, your train will make the approximate 1 hour and 45 minute climb, following the Skagway River up to the White Pass Summit. After arriving at Fraser, British Columbia, you will be transferred to a comfortable tour vehicle where you will begin your amazing bus journey on the famous Klondike Highway. During this Skagway tour, you will make several stops at various points of interest for those memorable photo opportunities. Some of these stops include the "Welcome to the Yukon" sign, Bove Island lookout, Carcross, the world's smallest desert, and Emerald Lake, the Yukon's most widely photographed lake.
A 1 hour 15 minute layover at Caribou Crossing Trading Post offers passengers a piping hot barbecue chicken meal; vegetarian meals are also offered. At this lunch facility you will also be able to enjoy FREE admission the the Husky Puppy Camp and the Yukon Wildlife Museum.
At the foot of Lake Bennett is Carcross, historically known as "Caribou Crossing."The Carcross Station, situated on the edge of the lake, was built in 1910 and is a designated Heritage Railway Station.
During the return to Skagway, you will be entertained by professional guides with their amusing stories of local lore and captivating tales of the Gold Rush Era. On the excursion, there will be stops along the way and opportunities for photo enthusiasts to view and capture the unparalleled beauty of cascading waterfalls, roaring rivers, majestic mountains, glaciers, historic sites and panoramic vistas.
Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this Scenic Railway of the World was designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (along with the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty). The three-foot wide Narrow Gauge Railroad climbs almost 3,000 feet in the first 20 miles with an average grade of 2.6%, and up to 3.9% in some locations. It also passes through two tunnels and travels over sky-high trestles and bridges.
Comfortable restored and replica passenger coaches are pulled by vintage diesel locomotives. Each heated passenger coach has large viewing windows and a restroom. The train and connecting tour vehicles are not wheelchair accessible. Smoking is prohibited on the train and tour vehicles.
Please note: All participants are required to have a valid passport or an "enhanced" driver's license in their possession. This Skagway tour sometimes operates in reverse order with a bus first departure.
Please be aware that this tour operates in the wilderness, hours away from medical facilities. Although staff do have general first aid knowledge, this tour is not recommended for guests with serious medical conditions.
The tour will be crossing the Canadian border and then back across the US border. All US and Canadian citizens who are 16 and older will be required to present a valid passport or an "enhanced" driver's license. It is suggested to bring a photo ID as well. US and Canadian citizens who are 15 years old or younger may travel with a certified birth certificate. People of all other citizenships are required to have a photo ID, a passport, and visa (If required) in their possession when crossing the border.
All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Any single adult traveling with a child under 18, must provide a death certificate for the non-accompanying parent(s) OR a certified letter from the non-accompanying parent(s) stating:
1) The accompanying parent has permission to take the child across the border,
2) The accompanying parent has the authority to make any and all decisions regarding any medical care required by the child,
3) Provide a daytime telephone number for the non-accompanying parent where they can be reached if there are any questions.
Reviewer: Dana Gromen
This trip was fantastic! The views from the train were beautiful. Was really happy with the small tour bus, we were able to stop wherever we wanted along the way and whenever one of us spotted wildlife. Saw a number of mountain goats and tremendous views. Mike our driver was knowledgeable and really funny. We also enjoyed being able to see the sled dogs and pet the puppies!
Reviewer: Brian Bain
This excursion was nothing short of awesome! From the bus ride up to the train ride back its like we stepped back in time. Our bus driver was full of information and made the bus ride comfortable and fun. I can go on for hours talking about our amazing experience but for now I'll Just say i'd definitely recommend this excursion to anyone!
We really liked this excursion. Going into the Yukon and seeing Carcross was great. The pups and the meal at the mushers was good,also. We are glad we took this excursion and the train ride back was beautiful.
Reviewer: K. Van Byssum / Toccoa, GA
Scenery was awesome. Bus tour guide, Mike, although informative and knowledgeable, could cut back on what he thought were funny personal stories and jokes. It got quite annoying towards the end of the tour.
Reviewer: Bert Rollins
The train ride is a "must-do" and Jamison was a great guide! I only wish they had allowed more time for shopping at Carcross as there were unique items not seen anywhere else we went.