Skagway Train Tours
The details you need to know
Skagway train tours are fun! This, however, is not a train tour. This is the train using the rotary snowplow to clear the tracks in April. I just like this photo because I took it.
The White Pass & Yukon Route is one of the most popular land-based shore excursions in the world. There are multiple Skagway train tours, so you can pick the one that’s right for you. In today’s blog, we are going to provide you with a rundown of each train tour and then tell you some secrets so that you can get the most out of your Skagway visit. Isn’t that nice of us?
Breaking down the Skagway Train Tours
Here is a brief rundown of the Skagway train tours we offer at M&M tours.
- Train/Bus Combination Tour – This is our best seller and with good reason. You take the train one direction and the bus the other way, all the way to Fraser, British Columbia. This is a popular train tour because it’s an exceptional value.
- Summit Train – This train goes to the White Pass summit and back.
- Train/Bus Combination Tour with stops – This tour is just like the Train/Bus Combination Tour but the bus tour is fully narrated and includes stops along the Klondike Highway. If you like taking photos and posting them on your IG, this is the tour for you.
- Fraser Train Round Trip – You take the train to Fraser, BC and back again. Amazing.
Skagway train tours – secrets for a better ride
You probably don’t ride on a lot of trains. Why would you? This isn’t the old west. You probably drive your own car everywhere. What this means is that you don’t really know anything about trains, especially ones that were built during the 1800s.
First of all, the White Pass train is a narrow gauge rail. What does that mean? Most train rail in the United States is standard gauge but narrow gauge is, well, narrower. There are only two narrow gauge railways in the United States, White Pass (duh) and the Durango and Silverton in Colorado. Trains that use narrow gauge rail sway back and forth a little more. That’s okay though because most people barely notice.
I guess that really wasn’t a tip but more of a fun fact. Here is a tip: Bring your own snacks and beverages. Skagway train tours last a few hours on average and you don’t want to get hangry, now do you? When I ride the train, I like to bring along some crackers, a bottle of iced tea, and a few pieces of fresh sashimi. What can I say, I travel in style.
Another excellent tip is to bring a camera. Nowadays, everyone has a camera on their cell phone and that’s great and all, but you can get far better pictures with an SLR camera. Cell phone photos on the train are rarely any good so save your money for a good camera and get photos that will make your friends back home realize how mundane their lives truly are.
Skagway train tours are fun so have fun!
That’s about it. Train tours aren’t complicated. You get on the train and ride, listen to the narration and see the beautiful sights. Most train tours require a passport so just bring one with you when you get off your cruise ship. You can also buy all sorts of train souvenirs if you’re into that kind of thing. No matter what, enjoy your train tour and the rest of your visit in historic Skagway!