Grand Canyon Railway

#9 in Best Things To Do in Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway
1 of 3
http2007/Flickr

Key Info

233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd.

Price & Hours

Prices vary by route
Hours vary by route

Details

Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
2.8scorecard
  • 1.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Built in the late 1800s, this historic railroad was originally used to transport ore from the Anita mines, which sit just north of Williams, Arizona. The railway began traveling to the Grand Canyon in 1901, making the park accessible to the public. But with the rise in automobile use, the trains lost business, and the Grand Canyon Depot saw its last passenger train in 1968. The Grand Canyon Railway underwent extensive restoration and was reopened in 1989.

Today, this historic train carries passengers between Williams and the South Rim's Grand Canyon Depot. Along the way, passengers will see a variety of landscapes from the Ponderosa and Pinion pine forests to expansive prairies and of course, canyons. Most recent passengers say the scenery was stunning and that their train guides were entertaining and informative, regaling them with stories about the history of the train and the region.

Trains depart from Williams at 9:30 a.m. every day and arrive at Grand Canyon Village around 11:45 a.m. Return trips leave the village at 3:30 p.m. and arrive back in Williams around 5:45 p.m. During peak visitor periods, such as the summer season, a second train departure is added to the schedule. There are six different classes to choose from: Pullman, Coach, First Class, Observation Dome, Luxury Dome and Luxury Parlor. Tickets for adults range from $67 to $219 depending on which class you ride. The depot contains a gift shop and a Wild West-themed show. For more information, check out the Grand Canyon Railway website.

See all Hotels in Grand Canyon »

More Best Things To Do in Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Village
North Rim
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 11
#1 Grand Canyon Village

Grand Canyon Village is the most popular entryway into the park and, as such, often suffers from heavy crowds during the peak seasons in spring, summer and fall. But there's a reason the area is so appealing. It's home to Yavapai Point, one of the best places to view the canyon. If you don't like camping but want to stay within the park, you should consider looking for lodging here.

Read more
Grand Canyon NPS/Flickr
See full list of Best Things To Do in Grand Canyon »

Explore More of Grand Canyon

Recommended

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019

15 Epic Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy Across America

Plan an unforgettable trip in your own backyard or on the opposite coast.

Will WalkeyMarch 12, 2019

The 30 Most Famous Landmarks in the World

Explore the globe in search of these intriguing historic sights.

Gwen PratesiMarch 11, 2019

The 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2019

U.S. News ranked 3,877 top properties for 2019. Check out the 50 best.

Zach WatsonFebruary 5, 2019

30 Hot New Hotels to Check Out in 2019

See which new properties offer surprising and fun features.

Lyn MettlerFebruary 5, 2019

10 Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the USA

Go all-in for these luxe resorts flush with amenities.

Will WalkeyFebruary 5, 2019

The Caribbean Comeback: 12 New and Renovated Caribbean Hotels to Visit

These island properties are sure to impress travelers.

Erin ShieldsFebruary 5, 2019

17 Amazing Kid-Friendly Hotels

Discover which properties offer ample amenities for children.

Christine SmithFebruary 5, 2019