The Alaska Railroad Fair Train

The Fair Train is the best way to get to the Alaska State Fair. Save on fuel and headaches! Avoid the traffic jams and enjoy a scenic and relaxing ride. Train operates fair weekends from the end of August through Labor Day each year.


2014 Fair Train

August 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, and September 1

To Book the Fair Train online, visit our Rail Search page and choose Anchorage to Anchorage one-way on the date you'd like to go.

Select the number of adults and children and then choose which departure time you'd like from Anchorage.

Passengers will be confirmed on the train from Anchorage to Palmer, with open-ended tickets for the return trip (see return schedule below).

Please note the Alaska Railroad will not be selling admission tickets to the fair.

2014 AK State Fair Train Fares

Roundtrip Fair Train Tickets

Adult (12+):  $12
Child in Seat (0-11): $8

Infant in Lap (Under 2): Free

Please note that children under two years of age and traveling in their own seat are subject to Child pricing. To reserve a seat for an infant traveling in a carseat, enter age 1.


2014 AK State Fair Train Schedule

August 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, and September 1 


Departs Anchorage

Arrives Palmer

FRIDAY 12:30 pm

2:00 pm

  4:30 pm 6:00 pm
SAT & SUN 9:00 am 10:30 am
  12:30 pm 2:00 pm
  4:40 pm 6:00 pm
MONDAY 9:00 am 10:30 am
  12:30 pm 2:00 pm

Return tickets are open-ended. Passengers may return from Palmer back to Anchorage at the times below. *

           Departs Palmer Arrives Anchorage
                     2:30 pm                          4:00 pm
  6:45 pm 8:15 pm
  10:15 pm 11:45 pm


* Please note that there will be no 2:30 pm departure on Fridays; and no 10:15 departure on Monday, September 1.

 Terms and Conditions

Payment is due at time of booking. No discounts apply. All sales are final.  Tickets are transferable. Non-commissionable to agents. 

Please arrive one hour prior to departure.  All passengers must check in at the ticket window on day of travel to receive their boarding passes.  Passengers 18 years and older must present a government issued photo ID.

Please advise us of any special boarding assistance that is needed at time of booking. There is limited space onboard for storage of coolers, strollers, etc.

Paid parking is available across the street from the depot and also across the street from the Comfort Inn.  Please do not park in the Comfort Inn parking lot.

Travel must be completed the same day. Fair train passengers may not overnight and return the next day.

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