• Location: Skagway, Alaska
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Step off your ship in Skagway port and board a vintage Gold Rush–era train on this full-day shore excursion to the Yukon territory. Travel along the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway through Alaskan and Canadian wilderness. Arrive in the Canadian town of Carcross and explore the Bennett Station House museum for more insight into Gold Rush history. Enjoy lunch on board the train and see the popular attraction of Emerald Lake. This Skagway train excursion includes port transport.


  • Round-trip train and bus journey from Skagway to Carcross in Yukon
  • Ride a replica vintage Gold Rush–era train along the route traveled by the Klondike stampeders
  • Enjoy views of the remote Alaskan and Canadian wilderness including mountains, plains, rivers and glaciers
  • Have lunch on board the train between Bennett and Carcross
  • Visit beautiful Emerald Lake, arguably the most-photographed lake in Yukon!
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Skagway Shore Excursion: Bennett Train Journey on the White Pass Rail

Bennett Lake

After port pickup in Skagway, a mini-coach whisks you along the Klondike Highway to the train station.

Step aboard a replica vintage Gold Rush–era passenger train. During your 68-mile (109-km) journey to Carcross in the Yukon, you’ll journey along the same route of remote wilderness taken by the Klondike stampeders — including the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, built in 1898 during the Gold Rush. Learn more about these intrepid travels from your guide along the way.

Make a stop at the restored 1900s Bennett Station House, located in an area accessible only by train. Take some time to independently explore the site that’s been converted into a museum.

Back on the train, enjoy lunch (see a sample menu below) en route to Carcross in the Yukon territory. Upon arrival in the Canadian town, visit the Matthew Watson General Store — the oldest operating store in the area — or stroll through historic Carcross.

Then, stop at Emerald Lake to take pictures of the gorgeous lake, one of the most photographed in the Yukon, before your train heads back to Skagway.

Your full-day shore excursion ends with transport back to port.

Please note: You must bring a valid passport.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Skagway port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Customer Reviews

Michelle D USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour started with a bus ride to Carcross. I was happy to have a wonderful guide that stopped at many places for us to get out and take pictures of beautiful visas we even saw a bear and its cubs from safely within the bus. We had a little time in Carcross before boarding the train back. I would have loved to have had a bit more time in the quite town of Carcross, but it didn't ruin the experience. There are viewing areas outside between each train. I would suggest the back car as we enjoyed standing outside on the back of the train and thought the view from that spot were spectacular. Beautiful sights and very knowledgeable guides aboard the train. We stopped for a good amount of time in Lake Bennett. Plenty of time to visit the museum, view the film and walk the charming town. Overall one of the best experiences of our trip to Alaska.

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was one of our top 3 days of 2 weeks in AK. We would take this train ride again. We did the van tour with a fantastic guide who provided us with stimulating stories and stopped for us to take pics every time we saw a bear or other wild life. Then after buying delicious ice cream in the private family owned town shop, we took the train back towards Skagway arriving directly in the town. Every moment of the train ride was breathtakingly beautiful. I took hundreds of photos while standing between the train cars and great video too. The staff were knowledgeable and courteous. The train is comfortable. The lunch is sufficient. You won't be hungry. We bought a book, cap, and professionally made video of our trip because we enjoyed it that much. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone, young and old, and until the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise boat tour, this was our favorite day. This is truly not to be missed!

Gina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

loved it! Great views and lunch!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Wow, the scenery was awesome. It's a really relaxing way to see some very remote areas.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was an amazing excursion! The views where amazing and we actually saw a rainbow between the mountains while we where on the train. Mike was our driver, he was very informative and had a great personality. Would recommend this tour and try to get Mike as your bus driver!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

It was awesome. Get in the last car of the train if you can so that you can take pictures from that back of the train when you go around corners. You will get the train and the mountains in the same shot.

Marsha N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was the most spectacular excursion we took during our cruise. The people were so accommodating and friendly. The lunch was great, just right. The scenery was outstanding and the information received about the history of the different areas were very interesting. We had 6 adults and 3 children with us. it was fun for every one of us. The weather was chilly but clear. We saw everything they had to offer. We touched snow on the side of the track when we were allowed to. It felt just like the finest shaved ice we eat on very hot days in Hawaii. It was great!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Would highly recommend! The scenery was breathtaking! The staff was knowledgeable and made sure we saw all the points of interest. The self-guided tour of Bennett was nice and Bennet lake is beautiful! I would do this trip all over again!

Simon L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Possibly the highlight of our trip. The tour is organised with Chilkoot Tours, who pick you up at the bottom of the gangplank. We were then introduced to Larry, who is larger than life and full of knowledge about Alaska. A short drive takes you to the station where you pick up your train. We were allocated the last carriage, which gave us access to the open air standing deck at the back. The first part of the journey was in low cloud, which meant that we didn't have the views, but it seemed to add to the atmosphere. As we climbed we left the cloud behind and the weather was clear and quite warm.
The history of this line is fascinating and it is worth listening to the narration.

Bennett Station and museum really lets you realise how desperate or maybe greedy these men were. The hardship was horrendous and only a limited number were set to succeed. Don't miss the view point up the hill past the church - simply stunning.

After lunch on the move by Bennett Lake, we met Larry again in Carcross, who took us back by bus to Skagway, stopping at various points to take pictures. At one point to visit a bear feeding on berries by the road. We got back about 1.5 hours before our ship was due to leave so we had an opportunity to look around Skagway. A great day all round. However beware of Viator, who gave us the wrong pick up time for the tour on our voucher and we would have missed it if I hadn't checked it with Chilkoot Tours. I would recommend booking direct with them.

roy t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

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