Skagway White Pass Scenic Railway Excursion Reviews
Horrible experience! No staff from Princess to direct customers! Tour not setup! Buses almost hitting passengers! Almost missed ship due to the tour guides negligence! Bad tour company!
We took the tour where they take you up to Fraser, BC on a bus, then you get on the train back to Skagway. I think I might have enjoyed the bus ride more! I wish I could remember our driver's name, but he was hilarious and very informative. The train ride was beautiful (and terrifying, if you are afraid of heights) and a must-do in Skagway.
Beautiful and interesting railroad trip up to turnaround point (Fraser) then took a motorcoach ride back to port. The motorcoach ride back to port was beautiful as well. There was a stop at a scenic point with a sign that said Alaska on it.
We took the Ultimate Yukon Adventure and White Pass Scenic Railway.
It started with a quick tour through town, and then a bus ride up through Alaska, British Columbia, and into the Yukon. I thought there would have been a few more stops between the starting point and getting to the Yukon, but we only made one stop for photos. I saw other buses stopped at places like the Yukon Larger than Life sign, and at a variety of other scenic stops. Perhaps it is dependent on your driver where you will stop?
We did a slow drive by of the worlds smallest desert and then our next stop was at Emerald Lake. It really is a beautiful lake to view - very vivid colours.
Lunch was at a spot that scooped out your chicken piece, a baked potato and a scoop of coleslaw. It was fine, but I felt like I was in an assembly line. The dessert of mini-donuts was the best part!
This spot also had a wildlife museum, husky dogs, and other farm animals. You were able to take a ride with the training sled for an additional cost. The trainers seemed very rough with the animals.
After this stop, we went into the town of Carcross and had about 45 minutes to wander around. They seemed to rely heavily on the tourists. We got an ice cream cone and strolled.
Then it was off to Fraser, BC to get on the train for our trip back to Skagway. The train ride is nice, but if you have a fear of heights, I would avoid it, as for portions of the journey, you can look straight down the edge of a cliff!
Overall a good tour, but I would have liked more stops.
This was a cute little town and the train ride was delightful.
It was not very scenic. The windows kept fogging up and there was nothing to wipe them with. The guides were entertaining and inventive when it came to trolling for tips. Buy the video from them and save the money and energy. They filmed on a clear day without window fog.
We took the train up and the motor coach back. The train ride is not to be missed, worth every penny. we also were able to stand out on platform to take pics, they had bottled water on the train also. Sit on left going up, and if you ride back on train sit on right, we took the bus back. It was raining during our trip but it cleared up as we traveled, later that day we heard they cancelled some trains because it got very foggy and raining much more.We stopped at the suspension bridge on the bus ride back, loved it
White Pass and Yukon Railway....Beautiful views and a lot of fun learning about the gold rush
Every town has lots and lots and lots and lots of souvenir places. This had the most and Ketchikan was a close second.
We booked the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway Adventure through Carnival for Skagway, and it was absolutely amazing. The train picks you up literally AT the port, so as soon as you get off the ship, you board the train! The train ride lasts about three or so hours there and back. Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, the railway takes you up into the scenic mountains and forests of both Alaska as well as the Yukon in British Columbia. We had an absolutely incredible time taking this excursion and seeing just how beautiful The Great North truly is. Our tour guides on board, Seth, John, Eric and Amber did a fantastic job teaching us about the history of the White Pass Trail and of Skagway and BC. The ride was breath taking, and so much fun.
There is another excursion that does the same route only it goes farther into Canada, and passengers actually get to get off the train before returning back to port. The train is also a Steam Locomotive, whereas the one we took was a Diesel Locomotive. It’s about one hundred dollars more than the one we took, but honestly, I think you would have about the same amount of fun as we had on the one we took. It is absolutely incredible.
We boarded the train at about 8:00 AM and got back into port at around 11:00 AM, so we had lunch on the ship at Horatios and then got off and walked into Skagway itself. It’s about a fifteen minute walk away from port, but there are also Smart Shuttle services available right off the ship. Skagway itself is a very neat little town full of history and beauty. From the end to the beginning of Broadway Street (Main Street), shops full of Alaskan knick-knacks, goodies, and history line the sidewalks. It’s a fun little place, and we would for sure recommend walking around if you get the chance. And pretty much everything is wheelchair accessible, which is a huge plus.
We did the Gold Panning/Salmon Bake & White Pass Railway. If we were to come into this town again we would have walked to town - immediately taken the White Pass Railroad and then enjoyed the beauty/quaint little town of Skagway. We may have also done rafting, dog sledding or glacier point.
The gold panning/salmon bake is a waste of TIME and money. Do not buy in to this tourist trap. You are not in a river panning for gold (you are at a wooden table) and the salmon bake is not outside next to the river as I was hoping - it was in a building.
White pass train combined with kayaking was awesome!
Another cute port, though in a different way from Ketchikan. More authentic. We started on the train (sat on the left side of the train, again thanks to Cruise Critic info – right side if taking the train back), and then a small bus up from Fraser, BC to Caribou Crossing, Carcross, Emerald Lake, Bennett Lake, and other stops of interest in the Yukon. As mentioned on Cruise Critic, taking the small bus with a private charter as opposed to the larger buses on a cruise line-booked trip gives you many more options to stop when you want and for points of interest. Our guide was great, with lots of good info and stories. The lunch at Caribou Crossing was surprisingly good given that it is a tourist factory, but the sled dog puppies and the dog cart ride were great. Lots of good info provided about the dogs and the Iditarod as well. Make sure you check out the bakery in the small town of Carcross if you stop there.
Great views along the way and learned a lot about the history of the gold rush era from the tour guide who was very knowledgeable. Great food was served at the Bennett Lake depot...those cooks should be working on the cruise ship!
We did the White Pass train into Canada with a garden lunch…very informative and enjoyable. A must do excursion
OK - maybe just didn't live up to the hype I had heard prior. Would like to have been able to step off train and/or have food/drink options on the train. Scenery was unbeatable.
We had booked an excursion with Chilkoot Charters for a bus and rail excursion for 3.5 hours. We took the bus up (small bus picked up passengers at each of their ships). Good commentary on the bus, interesting. Small group about 12 people. Stopped a couple of places along the way. Had to go through customs when we got to Canada. We were then dropped off at small train station – our group had a car to themselves. Narration over the train – great scenery and you can go outside to take photos along the way. Very pretty and amazing how the pioneers during the gold rush climbed up and down those mountains.
Went back to Skagway and had lunch at a local pub/bar which was good food and walked around the town to the various stores – but were done by 2pm and headed back to the ship.
Bus to the top and train down. Bus segment was disappointing, but the train was a great scenic look at the country side (no wildlife) Fun but not as much value for the money as expected.
Gold panning is a scam and tourist trap. Just walk through the dredge museum on your own.
what a fun ride on the train. Its a must do. Sit on the LEFT side of the train as you go up the mountain. The scenery is amazing. You will have lots of pictures because of the beauty of the trip. I would have like to spend more time on the train.
Interesting trip on an old narrow gauge railway up into the mountains above Skagway, with great scenic views (until we hit the clouds!). Our guide was very informative about the railway construction and the context of the goldrush. Expensive, but worthwhile.
Bus driver Jarett was a great tour guide and safe driver. White Pass train ride was fabulous with spectacular views and interesting narration by Cameron, Emily, Avi and Mark.
Our Railway trip was truely a highlight. It is amazing scenery and fun to be on the train. Elle was our guide and did a great job. Since we were the first of several trains for the morning we got to go an extra 7 miles to Fraser, BC to turn around. The landscape for the 7 miles was something out of National Geographic. Above the tree line, barren and beautiful. The views from the train are excellent and the story of the Yukon Gold Rush were amazing and helped one to understand the grit of these early explorers. Rain began on walk back to the ship from train so stayed on board for afternoon and didn't explore the town.
This is a narrow gauge rail trip, and you can say "once I've been on one narrow gauge, I've been on them all", and that is true to some extent. The rail cars were the usual narrow gauge cars.
However the scenery was unforgettable! The narrator/guide Lindsey did a good job of alerting passengers to upcoming photo opportunities. There were toilets in each car, and complimentary water. No coffee (they could have made a FORTUNE selling coffee!!!) was available.
If you want a sample of the trees and topography of Alaska, this is a MUST take tour!
We really enjoyed our tour up the mountain by bus to the railroad depot. Our driver gave us some wonderful information on the way up and slowed at beautiful spots so we could get pictures as she pointed things out along the way. And the train ride back down was so much fun and informative. If given the chance to go back we would do this tour again and again.
The White Pass tour is worth doing even in bad weather, but we lucked out and got a beautiful, clear day. The tour guides have a lot of historical information about the area, and point out landmarks as you pass. The views are phenomenal, and although we did not get to ride on the steam engine train (there was fine print about that) it was still a great trip.
There are a very few local restaurants and shops in Skagway that are worth checking out. A lot of the time, the artists whose work is featured on the walls of the shop happen to also be working the register. There's plenty of tourist-trap overpriced jewelry and furs too, if you're into that. I try to make sure at least some of what I'm spending stays in the community.
We booked the White Pass Scenic Railway and Liarsville Camp Trail Adventure. The railway was amazing, but the camp was a dud for everyone but my 7 year old who loved the hokey show and panning for gold. The views from the railway were spectacular and left me amazed that people actually went to such extremes looking for gold! We were picked up by bus at the pier and after leaving the camp, drove about another half hour to Canada to take the train back. My only complaint about this trip was that my friend and I were going to do it with the kids without our husbands. We knew we needed written consent from them to take the girls to Canada, but it never said it needed to be legalized (notarized), so they ended up changing their plans to come with us (and were happy they did because they loved it as well). Our tour guide was wonderful and we stopped a few times along the way to take pictures and build a "nook-shook" (not sure if that's correctly spelled, probably not), which is a sort of talisman that the Native Inuits built with rocks to ward off evil spirits.
Scenic, however the hour and half ride back is very boring because no announcements are being made and everyone has already seen everything.
All the research recommends that you book through the cruise line, which we did. And so glad we did so. We took the late train as we did an earlier 5-hour excursion. I also read that the weather tends to clear in the afternoon, which it also did. The trains were running late, but since we booked through the cruise ship, they held the ship for us. I was the shortest route, round trip. Bring food, they provide water. Excellent trip, you see a lot of things you may have read about if you are smart enough to read Alaska by James Michner before you ever get near the cruise ship. Beautiful scenery, comfortable train, great guides.
Amazing train trip. If you book it, you want to sit on the left side of the train on the way up. The views were incredible. This was amazing. You travel on cliffs all the way up to the top. WOW. I loved it, but it is long. Bring some snacks and bring your camera. I highly recomment that you step outside while you are on the trip. The views from outside are amazing.
Skagway was interesting. Everyone in our group of 31 went on the White Pass Scenic Railway. We were able to get our very own rail cart which was pretty awesome. I didn't realize most of this Expedition would be spent on a bus, if it wasn't for the incredibly good bus driver we had named David, I would give this excursion 4 stars. This guy was great, a real comedian cracking jokes the whole way "We are now entering the financial district of Skagway, to your left is the 1 and only bank here originally opened in ****. We are now leaving the financial district of Skagway...." Ahahahaha classic! After driving around for 3+ hours, going by various lakes and landscapes, entering Canada and having our passports checked by customs, we came to some middle of nowhere restaurant for some BBQ Chicken, it was delicious, they also had homemade Donuts and Bread rolls. It was all very delicious. They had a few shops here and some Malamute dogs you could check out if you wanted. They also had some little golf cart thing you could ride on briefly for $5 or $10 bucks, I didn't go on it. After that we headed to another town, I forget the name, we stopped there for like 20 minutes and some of us got some Ice Cream, did some shopping etc. We finally headed out for an hour long drive to the Train. The driver had quite a bit to tell us about the history and landscape, very informative, if I went through it all hear this would be a book. Finally on the train, the landscape and scenery was indeed great and picturesque, after the train started rolling we were able to go out each end of our cart outside on the platforms and lean over the rails taking pictures. Very cool. The one bad thing about this tour was we ended up with like 40 minutes to walk in the town of Skagway if we wanted, basically no time at all. That was a bummer. Overall not a bad Excursion. Thank you David the Bus driver.
OH MY GOD. TOO LONG!!! I get it, it's a marvel, but do yourself a favor and take it ONE WAY, and then kayak and take a bus home. It was boring. Just being honest. This was from the point of view of a train geek. Save yourself. Was almost four hours.
Great scenary but boarding process at the train was chaos and we did not get to finish the tour as the train had to help a disabled train prior to going into Canada.
Really interesting. Make sure you sit on the left side for best views.
Nice but same thing as before. Beautiful scenery.
Skagway -Here we booked the 3.5 hour Train/Bus tour ($128 +tax). We took the White Pass Rail train up to the Yukon (Cananda) and took a bus tour back down. Our driver was full of information and stopped several places for photo ops. The train itself kind of dragged on. It was packed full and we had a very loud group of people in our car, so we didn't get to hear much of the narrative and you are allowed to stand on the outside platforms to take pictures but there's really only room for one person, so it was an endless fight. If I ever came to Skagway again, I would take the opportunity to do a private tour or boat/plane ride. You just cannot get the true feeling of this glorious wilderness on a bus of 20 noisy people.
Scenery was gorgeous and our guide was very entertaining. Really enjoyed the train ride.
This was the best part of my trip!
Get ready for a long day but the sights absolutely are worth the trip!
Leaving from the port, we headed up the mountain toward the Yukon and Carcross in a tour bus with our driver stopping a few times along the way to allow us to take pictures. When we arrived in Carcross, there were several choices of activities, from small museums to a small petting zoo. Of course the main attraction was the sled dogs and we were in luck. Not only were we able to see the adult sled dogs but there were two 32 day old puppies which we were able to hold. Lunch is provided at this stop but it is a one size fits all meal consisting of chicken, small baked potato, and a couple of other items. There are all you can eat donuts for dessert. Again, as with the other excursions, time is very limited. We had an hour and twenty minutes to eat and visit the different areas before boarding the bus for another stop.
There is a brief stop in another section of Carcross that consists of a few stores and small museums before heading to the US-Canadian border where you board the train for Skagway. Have your camera ready because you will not want to stop taking pictures on the ride down. And your guide on the train will help you find some of the not so obvious historical points as you travel down the mountain.
My husband and I highly recommend this excursion for those who may have limited mobility but wish to experience the beauty of the area.
We did the Best of Skagway. It began with a bus up White Pass, then the great White Pass train back. Fog on the way up, but a great view on the way back. Very beautiful countryside.
This train ride is a must do. We had several people mention doing it. I would not book through Shoremanager.com again. The rail road depot had no record of our booking. Gave us somebody else ticket with the same last name. We had paid with a Discover Card and these folks used a Visa. Contacted ShoreManger via email and they have not responded.
Very interesting. Great history. Carriages interesting. Staff gave commentary. Really glad that I went on this.
Views were gorgeous. We got lucky and went on a sunny day. Breathtaking.
Must do Liarsville Tour - by itself or part of another tour!
Since we booked with Chilkoot tours we were 2 of 5 people on a train car for 44 people-did afternoon seating and had beautiful weather. I always book independently as the service is so much better.
Not as promised. This excursion was a supposed to be a Motor coach tour to the Klondike Summit, and the White Pass Railroad back to port. First of all, after exiting the ship we asked a Princess person where to meet the tour bus. She pointed us to the direction to the beginning of the pier and told us to go there. Well, we walked back and fourth twice before, we asked another Tour operator for help. He pointed us to a lady who was holding a Tour numbered sign against her chest, instead of holding it high overhead, where everyone could see it. She told the group who gathered around her to wait in a covered area for the contracted ride. What was advertised as a Motor coach with restroom facilities, turned out to be two oversized shuttle busses with no bathrooms. They overloaded the first shuttle bus with 25 people and insufficient seating and the other shuttle bus only had 14 people on it.
Fantastic trip very well done on well maintained, clean railcars. Scenery was fantastic. Guides were good. Trip was long enough to be absorbing but not too long. About 3 to 3 ½ hours. Cars have bathrooms, potbelly stove and bottled water is provided. Highly recommend this trip!
Thankfully we were on time to this port as our excursion was at 7:30 am. We road the train up and took the bus back. Despite a little fog we enjoyed awesome views from the train. Early in the season the snow was still on the ground which made for an even more beautiful train ride. The narrative provide a lot of informative facts about the points of interest as well. Our train car was not full so we were able to move from left to right as we wanted. I walked to the back of the car and outside to take photos as well. After the train ride our bus driver Vanessa took us to Caribou Crossing. She did stop once before we got there for us to take photos. We enjoyed our BBQ lunch which was different than the food we had been eating on the cruise (more southern style that we are used to). It was too early for a new batch of sled dog puppies, they were due any day we were told. We did pet the one year old sled dogs and retired sled dogs. The gift shop here was really nice as well. Our bus ride back to town was enjoyable. Vanessa stopped at Carcross but everything appeared to be closed so no one wanted to get off. She was happily drove us on. We stopped at the Welcome to Alaska sign, the Yukon sign and a frozen lake. She dropped us off downtown so that we could shop before boarding the ship. The weather was really nice this day as well.
Beautiful, great guide, not happy with White Pass Rail, upon return to Skagway after Border Patrol checked our passports we were let off on the street and not given any directions or information on how to get back to the ship, had to wander our way around to find it, this was annoying, some said there were signs but they were very small, however, for the most part I loved seeing the sights
-rear car (nice because you could hear you narrator/guides description and THEN see it; also time to prepare for photographs)
-sat on right side (way up, not best views of sights, but pretty streams/falls and may step onto platform between the cars (but not on the bridge and no passing between cars)
-obvious hints at tipping the last 30 minutes (we were planning to tip already, but they said everything but "tip your narrator" directly.
-you don't get off the train, so no need for passport as you never step foot into Canada
-we were train #1 of 3, so for turning around to go down the mountain, we had an extra 7mi trip to the next turnaround loop at a lake on the map (bonus mileage and sights!)
-never saw goats or any other wildlife, but the elevation climb was extraordinary; the difference in vegetation and landscape between the climb and the peak was noted and both views allowed for appreciation of beauty
-highly recommend on ascension standing on the platform prior to entering the first of two tunnels; you're on a bridge that horseshoes around a crevasse--if heights don't bother you, it is a magnificent and exhilarating stance (and the tunnel is short--about 5-10 seconds--so just wait on the platform until you exit the tunnel to return to the train car
DO NOT BOOK the Skagway White Pass & Yukon Railway shore excursion (SK01). Limited narration which is repeated word-for-word on the way up and again on the way back. Also, you have to step outside the train car to get a good picture but they have no speakers outside the train, so you have to choose -- do you want to take pictures or do you want to know what you are passing? You can't do both. third problem with that excursion is that they never let you off the train. Afterwards, we spoke with other passengers who took an excursion that was van/bus in one direction and train in the other direction and that seemed to be a much better tour. That said, the scenery was beautiful.
Skagway – This port was COLD and windy. We did the Yukon/ Rail ride excursion with Chilkoot Charters. James was our driver. (more info on Tripadvisor) He did a decent job given the construction. A little preachy at the end, but still a good story teller, very informative, safe, and accommodating. We got to see two bears from a distance.. one on the bus and another on the train. Dog sled camp was interesting .. “puppy” area not what I expected as they dogs are between 6 m to a year or so. Lunch was decent and fast. White Trail Train ride back was outstanding and a “must do” for sure!
We took the White Pass railway and Bus tour to Carcross. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough! The scenery is gorgeous, and you can learn all about the hardships the hopeful goldminers went through to try to get a piece of the action.
We went up into the Yukon and had lunch at a place that also trains sled dogs and they had a bunch out that you could play with. There were also some puppies that were adorable. Also donkeys, piglets, and goats that you could feed and pet.
We toured a traditional village in Carcross, got to see a desert in the middle of nowhere in the Yukon, and saw some of the most amazing scenery of the whole trip.
Tuesday, May 13th we arrived in Skagway early. It is only 4 blocks wide and 16 blocks long and has the feel of western frontier town. Broadway street is the Inside Passage's most photogenic street. It's lined with old storefronts . Many date back to the Gold Rush days. We had made reservations with Chilkoot Charters to do the White Pass Summit Rail & Bus Excursion. The excursion was 3.5 Hours and cost $126/pp. You had your choice of going up by train or by bus first. We opted to take the bus up first and then come back by the train. We met our tour guide Mike near where the ships dock. He had a small shuttle bus waiting for our tour. To our surprise we were the only people on that tour. The 4 of us had the bus to ourselves and had the best tour guide ever. We were able to make as many stops as we liked for photo opportunities. Mike took our photos, gave us great insight and details about his home in Skagway. It was very informative and entertaining. Once our bus portion of the trip was over, we boarded the train. We can not say enough about our tour guide Mike, he made that day wonderful. If you decide to use Chilkoot Charters ask for Mike to be your tour guide, he is truly the best!
The railroad was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold rush this is a narrow gauge railway that once took miners to the Yukon gold fields. We rode in restored vintage passenger parlor cars to an elevation of 2,865 ft in 20 miles and had steep grades and some cliff hanging turns. And once again we lucked out and had the entire parlor car all to ourselves!!! The panorama was breathtaking of mountains and glaciers, gorges and waterfalls. You could also stand outside on the platform of the rail car which was amazing to take photos. We walked around downtown Skagway and stopped by the Red Onion Saloon its a 1898 saloon with a ex-bordello upstairs. It is a must. The staff dresses up in garb of the Gold Rush days. Grab a beer or drink , the girls are fun and great for photo ops.
Loved being on the train, amazing to be on the trail the 49's used.
We docked at Skagway early in the morning. Another easy disembarkation - just walk sown the gangplank and into town. The location of Skagway is (as usual) spectacular. The town itself, not so much. I'd guess there are about 750 people living in Skagway year-round, but there were four cruise ships docked, with about 10,000 people, so the town was awash with tourists.
And what is it with all the jewelry stores? It seemed like two-thirds of the stores in town sold jewelry, and most of it was Tanzanite. Why would anyone want to go to Alaska to buy a semi-precious stone from Tanzania? I just don't get it.
We joined the tide of tourists into town and did all our tacky souvenir shopping that morning. We then staggered back to the ship under the weight of all that stuff and had lunch before our 12:30 excursion.
The White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway was blasted out of the Coast Range mountainsides in just 26 months to carry supplies to the sourdoughs of the 1898 Yukon gold rush. The route follows the Skagway River, from sea level about 20 miles up to about 2,800 feet at White Pass (hence the name).
The narrow gauge tracks mean that the cars (and the seats) are also narrow, so be prepared to sit VERY close to someone. Or several someones. The trip to the pass takes about 90 minutes or so, and there's an on board guide who narrates what you're seeing, from historic places (like Soapy Smiths grave and the actual trail of the sourdoughs) to the scenery around you (spectacular!).
The train met us at the pier. Boarding is first-come, first served - there are no reserved seats. The round trip is three hours plus. There's no food on board, but they *do* provide water for everyone, and there are restrooms in each car. The scenery is wonderful, and the narration is both educational and entertaining. I highly recommend this excursion. It's the only one we took on our cruise, and it was definitely worth it.
The scenery was pretty cool. The train ride was a nice way to see it.
Took the White Pass Railway on a pretty nice day. The scenery was amazing. After 3 hours or so I was ready to get off though. Especially since on the way back the wind blew the diesel smoke thru the cabin.
bus tour may be better the railway. The route to the train depot in main street is much closer than what it seems to be on Google Map, only 1 block walk. White Pass Railroad offers $10 cheaper railroad ride also at 8:30 AM.
Skagway is a fun little city with lots of excurions. We took the White Pass Scenic Railway and Yukon Adventure which we thoroughly enjoyed. It seems a bit pricey but the train is definitely worth the cost.
I did not give this a 5 because I felt the price is a little bit to high but the experience is a great one, especially if you are NOT afraid of heights.
Poor weather did not help the experience.
We boarded the last car and took the last seat. We spent most of our time on the outside platform taking pictures. It decided to sprinkle off and on during the trip which was fine. Nice effects in the photos! You must stay in your train car, no roaming from car to car. We went up the mountain and back. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
We booked the White Pass Scenic Railway through Norwegian. It was a beautiful trip and well worth it. Fortunately we had beautiful weather making it all the more enjoyable. Since we booked it with Norwegian, they picked us up near the boat dock. This can be good and bad. Since we had another excursion in the morning and wanted to eat lunch afterwards, we then had to take the shuttle to get back to the ship rather than just go to the terminal directly. We sat on the left side going up and they had you switch sides for the ride down so everyone got a good view. After a busy week, this was a nice relaxing trip. Highly recommended.
We took the long excursion up to the Yukon by train and back by bus. The train was comfortable and the scenery was gorgeous. They could make a bundle selling hot cocoa on this train though. Up north we switched to our coach and made the trek to the Yukon. We visited a little place with a delicious bbq lunch, a gift shop, museum, and area with sled puppies. (Someone needs to take a better look at the puppies and their facility.) A great stop for us and we continued on to Carcross for a brief respite. We visited the little coffee shop for hot cocoa and stopped into a few local stores. Cute little visit and clean restrooms. We arrived back in town with enough time to visit Skagway Brewing Co. for a quick beer and some snacks. Great service and great beer too - get the spruce tips for a real beer treat.
Everyone must do this at least once in their lifetime. Each car has a heater, restroom, the seats were padded, Sit on left, but at the top they have passengers change so everyone gets a good view. It was 3 1/2 hrs roundtrip. Train right on dock to board. Could have save $9pp if we booked direct.
Then walk around the town after you've had lunch on the ship.
Bus ride up was fine. Train ride down was fun. Customs were ridiculous!! Spent 30 minutes at the Canadian border waiting for customs (there was a line of buses). Then, turned around immediately and boarded a train. THEN, at the end of the train-ride, had to wait ANOTHER 30 minutes to get our passports check AGAIN! Of course, now we're running late, so have to cut the rest of our tour short. We were under the supervision of our tour guides or on the train the entire time, why the necessity for all the extra security? Especially since in Victoria, B.C. a couple days later we spent the entire day in Canada and nobody needed to see my passport at all.
Somebody needs to figure this all out, it spoiled our day a little.
This is worth doing! Beautiful scenery!
Great trip - incredible scenery
Poor weather: fog, clouds, and drizzle.
GREAT. Walked straight down to train. Plenty of room. Staff was great!
It was beautiful.
Took lots of wonderful photographs.
Bus trip was very informative. Lunch at Caribou Crossing was great. Interacting with sled dogs and puppies was fun. Train ride was fun except that most of the scenery was on one side of the train.
This tour is costly but fantastic. It appeals to history buffs, fans of old railroads,photographers and anyone who enjoys viewing spectacular outdoor scenery. One plus is you get to see a little of the interior of Alaska and more varied terrain. Our bus ride back was made more enjoyable by our excellent guide.
Great trip. left from right by the ship.
beautiful scenery with interesting and entertaining commentary.
wasn't lucky enough to get the steam train but was still a great few hours
Such beautiful scenery all around and the people on the train telling stories were great and gave such great historical accounts! I was expecting to see more wildlife such as bear, moose or carribou but certainly not the case - so just expect to see spectacular scenery!
Skagway was the next stop and we took a free walking tour led by the National Park Service. Very informative and the stop at their Interpretive center is well worth it. Many local tour service are available as well, and we heard a lot of positive comments from others about them. After lunch aboard ship we took the White Pass and Yukon Railroad train tour up to the top of White Pass and the Canadian border. It was well worth it! There are a number of options here as well with one-way railroad combined with tour coach drives to different local attractions. The one we would have done, had we heard about it early was the trip up to the top, followed by a bicycle trip back down the road into Skagway. After the train trip we walked around Skagway (it is a small town). We boarded and spent a day at sea.
It was a beautiful ride. The cars a wonderful. The narration is great. I'd take this ride again. It was fun to be let off the train in town so we could independently explore.
This was the 3 hour train ride - round trip to the White Hall Pass. We were a little disappointed in the actual train as we thought it was going to be a restored steam locomotive and would go right along the cliff. Perhaps if we had done more "homework" we would have realized the difference - our fault.
The scenery was very nice - a lot of foliage, small waterfalls and scenic vistas. It was good to hear the story of the railroad and understand the process and reasons for building the railroad. Weather, of course can be a factor that impacts all trips and our issue was the fog. This came and went at different points during the trip.
The town itself is (to me) a typical port town - a lot of small shops that you see in every port. The fish and chips and smoked salmon at the Brewery were great.
The weather started out quite cloudy, so we did not see as much as we wanted on the outbound bus part of the tour. Lunch stop at Carcross was good with some interesting displays of animals and sled dogs. The train ride was a lot of fun, but it only started at Fraser, not at Carcross as I had assumed. It is an expensive trip but everyone had a good time (the prices seemed to be the same going through an independent, so we went with the cruise line for this).
We had several hours back in Skagway after the excursion (contrary to what I had read in others' reviews) so we had ample time to walk around and do some shopping. There would not be enough to do in this port all day without an excursion IMO.
Nice ride, very scenic.
Train ride was enjoyable but a little foggy is spots. We also took the bus tour into the Yukon which was spectacular. The Bus driver was very informative and this was the best part of the excursion. We also enjoyed a delicious BBQ Chicken lunch as part of this excursion.
White Pass and Yukon Railway Up and then Van Tour with Dyea Dave
Dave took us to the train station and then picked us up in Fraser, Canada. We continued on to each lunch at Carcross and then to Emerald Lake before returning back down to Skagway. Great way to spend the day.
We did the White Pass / Yukon trip. White Pass railway was great (5). We sat on the left side going up and got the full, breathtaking view. Narration was very good...learned a lot. Princess then bused us up to a First Nation village, about an hour north. The scenery along the way was great, but the village was...OK. I give this part a 3 to 4. Enjoyed the bus ride back with some great views of the railroad as we came back.
The train ride was lovely and full of unbelievable views. The history lesson by the guides was nice. While we enjoyed the tour, the free ranger guided tour with the museum, hiking at the local park and lunch in town made this port our favorite and I actually tried to figure out how we can return for a week just to explore this town and surrounding areas.
Lots of fun and just long enough.
Rayme was our tour guide up the Klondike Highway on the To the Summit tour. The scenery was spectacular and Rayme was full of great information. This is a great tour for those with mobility issues.
We booked the White Pass/Yukon tour with M&M Tours, at easily a third of the price offered by the cruise line. Paul, our driver, was funny, knowledgable, and just a hoot to be with. LOVE it!
Absolutely delightful. Very good conductor/tour guide who gave us a lot of information. The day was clear and cool and the sights were out of this world. Great to cross over into Canada.
The zips are kind of short in this experience, but definitely fun. We took a family of 4 (kids ages 17 and 12) and all of us had a blast. The crew operating the zips was safe and fun the entire time. I really like how the tour starts with a treed rope setup that validates your fear (or lack thereof) of heights and your ok-ness with squirrely ropes and perches. This is a fun adventure.
The scenery is breathtaking on the train up to Fraser. Make sure you sit on the left on the way up. We took a small van with eight people back to the ship with Frontier Excursions and Adventures. They did a fabulous job and it was great having a small group and make stops along the way back.
The railroad ride was very enjoyable. The scenery was quite nice and the commentary on the history of the railroad and area was another plus. It takes several hours for the trip and costs over $100, but it is one of the top attractions in Alaska. You can save a few bucks by going to the station in town and buying your ticket directly with the RR, but it may not be worth the effort.
Had a great time. Great vistas. A tad pricey but fun. The train is a worthwhile trip as are the helicopter trips. Skagway is a cruise ship town/stores. The farther away from the ships, the more local owned shops. Red Onion Saloon and Skagway Brewing are fun. Red nmion has good food as well. Alaskan Fudge Company has great fudge. Look to visit the nearby town of Haines by ferry if you have been to Skagway before. Also check small stream if you walk into town. You will be surprised at the large salmon in such a small stream. Also humpbacks were in the harbor when we were there.
We boarded an old-fashioned railcar and rode along the Trail of '98. The scenery was beautiful, the conductor/guide was funny and knowledgeable about the history of the railroad and the Gold Rush, and each car had a bathroom.
Excellent on a beautiful day. My favorite excursion. The town was cute but like all the rest was very shopping-oriented, a tourist trap.
A walk back in time. These old train cars bring you back to the 1960's. Free bottled water on board. Great assistance for a handicapped person including our own rail car. Taking the afternoon trip at 12:45 meant that the 290 of us from the ship had no worries as we were delayed the ship had to wait for us. Incredibly views. Extremely comfortable and bathrooms in the cars.
The train ride up White Pass is exceptional. The views are breathtaking and the commentary was informative.
Skagway is a lovely town with lovely old buildings and atmosphere. Friendly people and easy to get around.
We took the White Pass Railway and Liarsville excursion. It was a great excursion and I recommend it to anyone. It's very family oriented. The scenery, going up to the pass on the train was very very beautiful. The train itself is very nice and had lots of big windows for taking amazing pictures. The conductor of the train gave a wealth of information about the area, the railway to the pass and how it helped the gold rush days.
We bought tickets for the 12:30 train of the White Pass Yukon Railway. We bought our tickets on line and it said to pick them up that morning. We walked the 20 minutes to the train station from our ship that morning. We waited in line to find out you needed your passport to pick up the tickets. It did not state anywhere in the paperwork to bring the passports to PICK UP the tickets. We understood we needed it for the trip, but not to pick up the tickets. The train station was way too confusing. No one knew anything. With three different trains leaving at almost the same time and tour groups with different colors trying to stay together it was unorganized. Who is in charge? They said they would make an announcement at 12:15 for the 12:30 train. There were blue groups, purple groups, etc. signs and announcements, but no sign for the White Pass Frasier Rail ticket holders. After asking 4 of the staff, one finally said to stand at Purple. Just put it on the ticket and we would wait where you wanted us to wait. It was a beautiful sunny day to take the train trip. The train was clean and comfortable. They handed out cool bottled water to anyone who wanted it. We saw mountain peaks of every possible mountain around. Our platform was the most crowded of the ones we could see. Men standing in everyone's way, and refusing to move. The vistas were great. I can see why this is the most popular attraction. A couple of steps and you just sit there! It was interesting to see the original trail of the Gold Rush. How difficult the terrain was for those men on foot. The photo platforms need to be 3 times as large. We were glad we didn't do the round trip (Beyond Skagway driving tour on way back). The commentary was excellent with the upcoming views and the voice was very understandable and clear.
Very nice ride with lots of scenery.
We booked the Steam Train tour at $200+ per person. Price is rather steep. Train trip was interesting and scenery was beautful. Well narrated. Sparkling wine served at the summit is a bit corney. Train turns around at loop at the summit so you see both sides so it doesn't matter which side of the train you sit on. A major detraction is the smoke and exhaust from the engines blows intoo the cabin and we all had headaches fom the smell by the end of the trip.
Overall its a nice trip but rather pricey.
Great value! This is a rail trip not to be missed. The town is interesting. If you need free WiFi, check out the local library located at 769 State St.
Excellent scenic train ride. Well guided, beautiful sites and lots of wildlife that include Bears and Eagles.
Great train ride
We rode the White Pass and Yukon Route Train up to the U.S. - Canada border. It was interesting to see the scenery change as we went higher in the mountains. Be aware that you can not change cars during the trip and there are diesel fumes in the first car. The engines move from front to the back for the return trip.
If you want to see breathtaking scenery, this is the tour to take. We boarded right at the dock and proceeded to climb some 3,000 feet up to the White Pass summit. Along the way we were given an excellent description of what we were seeing by the two tour guides and had plenty of opportunity for pictures. despite the lack of space on the platforms between the cars, the passengers all worked together and shared the time spent there. If I were to make any complaints it would be that while we were provided water, it would have been nice if it was cold. Also, despite some criticism I've read about the bench seats, I found them more not uncomfortable at all.
beautiful scenery, interesting narration along the way
Really enjoyed the train ride and the tour guides gave the history of how & why the railroad was built. Lots of great sights, too.
A bit boring.
Book this on the dock for one way & take a van back to town.
Nice scenery but other train rides have been better (Chama, New Mexico).
A smaller bus/van to the Yukon territories allowed us to see bears and marmots plus distant goats; spectacular lakes and great stops for photos with an ertaining guide/dirver. Lunch at Carcross (Caribou Crossing actually) was good then returned in the van to Fraser where we took the White Pass & Yukon Train back to Skagway.
Highly recommend this and much better than doing it with the ship.
Beautiful! This is really a nice excursion if you like to look at scenery. You don't get out at all. Lots of information giving about the history of the area.
The train ride was a lot of fun and the views were stunning.
Don't miss it. Really.
A nice little port although taken over by jewelry sellers in some places. The railroad was impressive. Some of the cars even had wheel chair lifts. A very walkable or "scooterable" little town.
Best views that I have seen in a long time, if not ever. The railway brings you up to Canada, (some require a passport, some do not. There are lots of different options) The first train of the day, or the time, (ex. afternoon, and morning) gets to go an additional 7 miles into the mountains, and is worth waking up a little earlier for. The town itself is cute, not very big, but it is great for taking a quite stroll and not having much pressure as most of the ships are there all day, and give you plenty of time to do whatever you would like.
25 seater bus that takes you up the White pass paralleling the train with frequent stops for viewing and photos. Highly recommend Brittney the tourguide.
I highly recommend short train ride to Fraser with a bus ride back. Longer train ride would have been too much and the drive allowed us stop and do great photo opportunities.
Worth the cost (over $100 per person) but book tickets once you arrive in Skagway. It should be cheaper that way.
Beautiful scenery with an interesting historical narrative from the tour guides.
Absolutely gorgeous! Fantastic scenery!
Great scenic train ride!
A wonderful ride - we were the first of 4 trains that were making their way on the second round of the day. As the first, we were able to go all the way to the top, another 30 minutes of scenic beauty which was a real bonus. Also, being on the later time, we were able to see much more than the early group (according to our guides). A wonderful round trip and glimpse into the past.
Interesting excursion and definitely worth every penny!
Great experience, best thing we did on the cruise
all I can say is WOW the train itself was a gem and the scenery beyond belief......every turn brought new delights....I was very impressed that at the top of the trip the crew had the passengers switch seating sides of the train.....and that enabled everyone to have the best views possible.....I would recommend this to everyone except for the very young because for them it could get a little boring!
Not bad: missing some additional stops to take pictures of the wonderful scenery - lunch at tourist trap.
Took a bus ride up and through the White Pass into the Yukon in Canada. Saw some bear and mountain sheep along the way and lots of snow in the higher elevation. Had lunch in Caribou Crossing, Yukon and then a bus ride back to Fraser where we boarded the train to Skagway. Spectacular views from this train. You'll want to sit on the right side when going down the mountain and sit on the left side if you start in Skagway and go up the mountain.