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Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

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4,652 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Grand Canyon National Park

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Iowa family of 4
SCOTT_H, May 2021
Grand Canyon Railway Train Tickets
Claudia was amazing great service and cheerful. Chairs uncomfortable in first class. Ride enjoyable. Grand Canyon BEAUTIFUL.
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Train ride awesome. Staff was excellent 👍
Luis_M, Mar 2021
Grand Canyon Railway Train Tickets
The whole thing from the depot to the Grand canyon. It was great experience. awesome view go into the canyon.
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Great Ride
jlhurd2019, Oct 2019
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
Very pleasant ride. The staff was excellent. The entertainment going up and back was very good. Tina, our car hostess, was exceptional. The bus tour and lunch also very good!
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Best ever!
Tour756583, Sep 2019
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
Tina was fantastic. Hope we get her next time. The entertainment was superb. What a wonderful experience.
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Overall great day
Paul_G, Sep 2020
Grand Canyon Railway Train Tickets
The train was an awesome way to go to the Grand Canyon with plenty of time to walk the rim trail. We went on the Arizona train car where Alexander attended to our snack boxes along with beverages. He was very informative and made sure everyone had everything they needed. Would highly recommend purchasing the first class ticket.
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Wonderful Experience
Sightsee32118455764, Jun 2019
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
Our trip on the Grand Canyon Railway was great! The train ride was relaxing. our conductor was funny, knowledgeable and added a lot to the trip. From the train we boarded a bus that took us to lunch then to the lookout points where we were in awe of the Canyon. We didn't have to figure out the red or blue routes for hiking to the lookouts. And the driver had a lot of geological and historical information to share.
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Not knowing where to go to see the Grand Canyon !
Robert_V, Jun 2020
Grand Canyon Railway Train Tickets
Would be nice to have someone at the Train as you get off the Train to answer questions where things are at ? Alot of New folks to the Grand Canyon didn't know where to go .. as we followed alot of folks not knowing where to go to see the Canyon.. but after looking for the big Hotel El Tovar you knew it was that way... LOL.. but oh well !
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Mostly a good experience
aparishemt, Jul 2019
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
A good way to spend a day with the finale at the Grand Canyon! Family had a great time with excellent, knowledgeable staff that provided a great experience. Make sure you are in an air conditioned car though...
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Awesome Train ride
Storyteller312012, Jul 2019
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
I would to give an absolute wonderful shout out to Amber Rose!!! You were so informative everything was just as you described!!!
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Go Back in Time
Global427897, Jun 2019
Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package
Great Experience on 1901 Historical Railroad. Loved our train car host "Amber Rose"... caring, funny, informational! Two fantastic musicians strolled the train singing for us. Train Robbery was a hoot. Bus driver drove us to two places on Rim was very informative & funny. Resturant buffet was bland cafeteria food, just ok. I suggest finding eating lunch your own.

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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