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Grand Canyon Railway

Take a scenic train ride to one of the world's seven wonders

Best time: all year round

Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway

The Grand Canyon Railway experience is a highly recommended activity for everyone visiting the Grand Canyon National Park. The first trip from the city of Williams to Grand Canyon Village occurred back in 1901. Since then, millions have travelled this enchanting route. And you're also welcome to the ride of your lifetime. You should know it is more than just a scenic train trip. This is a full-packed adventure that brings you back in time to the Old West.

Watch carefully what's outside your window, and you'll see much more than vast plains. Elks, mule deer, mountain lions, skunks, squirrels, and other wildlife frequently appear en route. Expect to spot some cowboys riding their wild horses. Could they hijack your train? Sure, that's a daily matter. Whenever these freebooters get on board, be ready to give your money away... Hold on, it's not that deadly dangerous,—in reality, it's just entertainment. Besides, the sheriff is also there, always on alert, chasing those villains away.

The crew of Grand Canyon Railway is also fascinating. They never get tired of narrating folklore and tales. Authentic musicians only add to this already perfect atmosphere, so genuinely Old West.

The journey takes 2 hours and 15 minutes, 45 minutes faster than back in 1901. The train departs daily from Williams at 9:30 am and arrives at Grand Canyon Depot at 11:45. Later at 3:30 pm the train starts its trip back and the tour is over at 5:45 pm at Williams Depot. During the high season, there's an extra train departing from Williams Depot an hour later—at 10:30 am, and correspondingly it finishes its tour at 6:45 pm. All aboard!

Practical info

What is the duration of the Grand Canyon Railway experience?

The Grand Canyon Railway tour starts at Williams Depot and takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to Grand Canyon Village. The train leaves at 9:30 am daily and returns at 3:30 pm, arriving at Williams Depot at 5:45 pm. During high season, there is an extra train departing at 10:30 am, ending its tour at 6:45 pm. Show more

What kind of wildlife can be seen on the route?

The Grand Canyon Railway route offers a chance to spot wildlife like elk, mule deer, mountain lions, skunks, squirrels, and other animals, making it ideal for animal enthusiasts. Some elements of the trip, such as cowboy hijackers and sheriff pursuing them, contribute to the tour's flavor. Passenger sightings of these incredible creatures are lucky surprises during the trip. Show more

When does the train depart from Williams?

The train departs from Williams at 9:30 am daily. The trip ends at 5:45 pm, but during high season, there is an extra train departing at 10:30 am and ending the journey at 6:45 pm. Passengers must arrive at least 30 minutes early to avoid missing the train, particularly during high season, when delays occur due to weather or traffic. Show more

Are there any additional trains during the high season?

Yes, an extra train leaves at 10:30 am during high season and goes back to Williams Depot at 6:45 pm. All other schedules remain unchanged. The tour could experience delays due to weather or traffic, so being on time is crucial. Passengers must arrive at least 30 minutes early to avoid rushing or missing the train. Show more

What is the crew's role during the journey?

The Grand Canyon Railway staff is dedicated to delivering a legitimately old western experience to passengers and provide exceptional service. One may hear folklore tales, enjoy authentic musicians, and much more. The staff interacts with passengers throughout the journey, answering their questions and supplementing information about the trip, among other roles they play to provide passengers with an authentic and memorable experience. Show more

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