Grand Canyon Railway

Overview

Grand Canyon Railway
Video: Ride the rails to the South Rim.

All aboard to the Grand Canyon

For years, the Grand Canyon Railway traveled the scenic landscapes leading to one of the world's greatest natural wonders, starting at a charming depot located in the heart of Williams, Arizona. Then came the era of the automobile, when many of the great American railways were lost to both time and progress - until now. Today, the Grand Canyon Railway once again takes tens of thousands of guests into Grand Canyon National Park by way of vintage locomotive every year. So come aboard, step back in time, and experience the grandest of canyons the original way - by rail.

Each train engine and each train car has been painstakingly restored to its original state by a staff of mechanics who see their work as more a labor of love than a job. During the train tour, your crew is no less enthusiastic and strolling musicians play the tunes of the west.  There is even an old-fashioned train robbery.

To plan your Grand Canyon vacation, call a AAA Travel professional toll-free at 1-888-870-9408 or stop by your local AAA office.

Classes of Service

Select from 5 distinct classes of service for your trip to the Grand Canyon.

Coach Class - Streamliner-era coaches will get you to the canyon and back with style and grace.  Enjoy comfortable bench-style seating in these classic, air-conditioned 1950s cars with large windows.  Plus, you can get up and walk the train back to the classic Cafe Car, which has snacks and drinks for purchase.

First Class - Ride in First Class style, boasting oversized, reclining seats with plenty of leg room and grand windows that enhance the scenic journey.  Comfort abounds as fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice are provided during the morning.  Snacks and soft drinks are complimentary on the return trip with cash bar service available.

Dome Class - Experience panoramic views of the surrounding scenery, thanks to a vintage glass-enclosed streamliner car. Fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice are provided during the morning, while snacks are complimentary on the return trip along with a sparkling wine toast.  Cash bar service available.

Luxury Parlor - Enjoy lounge-style comforts including a private cash bar and access to the rear platform.  Plush seating, plenty of leg room and large picture windows to showcase the journey.  Fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice are provided during the morning, while snacks are complimentary on the return trip along with a sparkling wine toast.

New Luxury Dome - Combining the breathtaking views of the Observation Dome with the opulence of Parlor Class, don't miss a minure of the surrounding scenery upstairs in the new full length dome, with its extra-large windows.  Downstairs, friends new and old can plan their day at the Grand Canyon while enjoying a drink or some refreshments in the elegantly appointed lounge, featuring a cash bar, entertainment center and plush furniture.  Fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice are provided during the morning, while snacks are complimentary on the return trip along with a sparkling wine toast. 

To plan your Grand Canyon vacation, call a AAA Travel professional toll-free at 1-888-870-9408 or stop by your local AAA office.

Rails to the Rim

Plan your trip to the Grand Canyon with the AAA Exclusive Rails to the Rim and Rails to the Rim Plus packages and save up to 36%.  

Rails to the Rim:

The 2-night package includes:

- Roundtrip Coach Class train travel from Williams to the Grand Canyon

- Guide-narrated motorcoach rim tour to scenic overlooks with lunch

- Two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams in a standard room

- Two breakfasts and two dinners at the Railway's Grand Depot Cafe

- $20 Railway gift shop certificate per adult

- Save 25% off the cost to upgrade to any class of service

- Discount coupon book to area retailers and restaurants

Starting at $298 per adult | $99 per child (age 2-15)



Rails to the Rim PLUS
Take your package to the next level - add a night inside Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy all the features of the "Rails to the Rim" package, plus spend the night at the Maswik Lodge, just a short walk from the South Rim. Make the most of your trip to Arizona by enjoying a Grand Canyon sunset and sunrise. It's the ultimate Grand Canyon experience.

Starting at $402 per adult | $99 per child (age 2-15)

To plan your Grand Canyon vacation, call a AAA Travel professional toll-free at 1-888-870-9408 or stop by your local AAA office

*All rates are per person based on adult double occupancy in a standard room and do not include tax or National Park entry fee. Subject to change without notice.

The Polar Express

Experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Depot in Williams, AZ for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the “North Pole.” Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children’s faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Make this a family holiday tradition. Call today to make your reservations because space is limited to those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas! Starting Nov 8th and continuing through January 4th. The train leaves each night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Select days feature a 3:30 p.m. matinee departure. The ride is a little over an hour.

Book early, weekend dates fill up very early!
 

 

To plan your Grand Canyon vacation, call a AAA Travel professional toll-free at 1-888-870-9408 or stop by your local AAA office.