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Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, Arizona, 86046

The Basics

For many, a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, Arizona, to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is a quintessential Grand Canyon experience. It’s possible to ride the railway one way, or choose a round-trip ticket that allows for almost four hours to explore the national park. Most travelers ride the passenger train as part of a day trip to the canyon from Williams, though it’s also possible to spend a night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or Maswik Lodge for a more leisurely exploration.

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Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
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Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
$181.78 per adult
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Fun for all
Fun time on the train. Our train host Rob was very helpful and entertaining. The cowboy entertainment was a real added bonus, especially for our grandsons. Bus trip around a bit frustrating due to delays and eating up free time. Bus driver was very knowledgeable as guide. Overall worth the day for sure!!!
MaryEllen_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Canyon National Park

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Experience
Jessica_b, May 2022
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I, nor my kids have ever been on a train and was really excited. The train was clean and presentable. The train car we were in was coach and our attendant that was assigned to our car was amazing; she was sweet and very knowledgeable about the train and the Grand Canyon. My kids loved it. The only part I didn’t like was the speed on the way back it was pretty slow.
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Great time
Lyndon_L, Jul 2022
Grand Canyon Railway Train Tickets
Really great experience! Cameron was very informative and entertaining as were the musicians. Even the train robbery was great! Had coach seating both ways and it was comfortable. Glad it was air conditioned.
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Fun with friends
Anna_P, May 2022
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
The whole train ride was serene and fun. The singing and train robbery added a lot of extra fun too.
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Enjoyed Cameron, our...
Jennifer_T, Jun 2022
Grand Canyon Railway Train Tickets
Enjoyed Cameron, our guide on the train. It was as fun clapping when people walked through our car. He made the trip so entertaining it
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The train is the best way
Arleen_M, Mar 2022
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
Taking the train is the best!! Great car ride. First class was worth the extra legroom, quiet ride, snacks, cash bar. Didn’t regret not buying the lunch. The tour bus was awesome. Great information
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Tovar Hotel a nice refuge
paige_p, Jun 2022
Grand Canyon Railway Train Tickets
Our most memorable experience was our dining experience at the Tovar Hotel. The view of the Grand Canyon and the cuisine hit the spot after the 2 hour train ride. Shopping and admiring the artistry at the Hopi House was enjoyable too.
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great way to travel and see it all!
barbara_p, Jun 2022
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the train car attendant Cameron is a fantastic host ,personable, knowlegable, very fun and excellent with kids, made the trip worth every dollar. He has a great sense of humor and interacting with all the passengers. Be sure to get his assigned car. He's the best! We loved the whole trip, and will go again, so much to see and do
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Great trip would do it again!!!
Susan_D, Mar 2022
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
The robbery on the way home. It was an easy going trip with lots of scenery and stories by the PSA, Dennis. He was most helpful and charming.
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Nice!!!!
Mirna_R, May 2022
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See the Grand Canyon, creation of God!!! it is wonderful trip!! I will come back again in the future.
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The views of the southern...
Cary_B, Apr 2022
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The views of the southern rim of the Grand Canyon were spectacular! Our PSA, Teryl, was great. You can tell she really loves her job and the stories she had to tell along the way were fun an interesting. One suggestion to improve reboarding would be to let the passengers who are in A-E cars that there is one car for getting back on the train and then have a sign on that door with all the letters and then letter each car from the inside. That would save frustration for tired passengers. Thanks!
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Can’t recommend the Grand Canyon Railway enough.
Carol_S, Feb 2022
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
The train ride was wonderful. First class tickets were well worth the cost. Our host, Rob, couldn’t have been more hospitable and entertaining. The entertainment was so much fun. The Grand Tour of the Canyon was so nice. Great trip.
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Great family trip
Alison_H, Apr 2022
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We had a great time riding into the Grand Canyon. The train was well kept, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and the live music was really fun.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Grand Canyon Railway is popular among kids and families.

  • Dress in layers and don’t forget sunscreen and a hat.

  • Both coach and first-class cars are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The Grand Canyon Railways departs daily at 9:35am from Williams, Arizona. It makes the 65-mile (105-kilometer) trip to the Grand Canyon in a little over two hours, and once there, visitors have roughly four hours to explore before heading back toward Williams at 3:30pm. Expect to arrive at the Williams train depot around 5:45pm. The closest commercial airport to Williams is Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, about 45 minutes away by road. Phoenix Sky Harbor is about 2.5 hours away by road.

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Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Grand Canyon National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Grand Canyon National Park


When to Get There

The best time to ride the Grand Canyon Railway is during spring and autumn, when temperatures at the Grand Canyon are cooler and crowds more sparse than in the peak summer season when the train operates two departures daily. Summer visitors can expect temperatures upwards of 85°F (30­°C). The first Saturday of each month from March through October is Steam Saturday, when a steam locomotive pulls the train to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Special Events Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

Depending on the season, passengers might be in for a special treat on this historic train. In fall, kids can put on their favorite Halloween costume and ride the Pumpkin Patch Train for a journey through the countryside to a secret pumpkin patch. During the holidays, the railway transforms into the Polar Express, complete with a nighttime ride to see Santa and his reindeer.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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