Truly Discover your Surroundings

Truly Discover your Surroundings

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In an effort to preserve the fragile ecosystem of Denali National Park and Preserve, the National Park Service has limited access on Park Road for private vehicles. Designed for those who want to experience Denali off the bus (hiking and camping), Transit buses offer transportation inside Denali National Park similar to a bus system you’d find in a larger city.  These buses are not guided tours and offer no narration.  Please visit our Denali Tour Experience page for guided tour options.

After making an online reservation, you will receive an e-mail confirmation which lists your departure date and time. Once you arrive in Denali National Park & Preserve, take your e-mail confirmation to the Denali Bus Depot and exchange it for your bus ticket.  Agents at the Denali Bus Depot can answer any final questions you have about your trip.

For rates, operational dates, and important information for booking all Transit buses, please click here.

Toklat River

Toklat River is an area of merging glacial rivers and towering cliffs. Dall Sheep are often seen on the steep rocky hillsides and grizzlies sometimes graze the riverbed’s soapberries or grassy hillsides. The Toklat River Transit bus offers you the opportunity to experience Denali’s vast wilderness on your own terms – crossing riverbeds, taiga and tundra – and introducing you to Denali’s more unique attractions. The Transit bus for Toklat River departs daily, offering a convenient and shorter trip into the park.

Eielson Visitor Center

This is our most popular Transit bus!  On a clear day, the Eielson Visitor Center Transit bus into the park offers outstanding views of Denali and the Alaska Range, and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Opened in June 2008, the completely reconstructed Platinum LEED certified Eielson Visitor Center was three years in the making. The sustainable building and interpretive exhibits are well worth the visit. Take a self-guided hike on the trails around the visitor center or join National Park Service Rangers for daily-guided walks.

Wonder Lake

Created by retreating glaciers, Wonder Lake offers visitors stunning views of Denali and the Alaska Range, as weather permits. Along the Denali Park Road, alder and willow carpeted hills are dotted with kettle ponds often frequented by waterfowl and other wildlife.

Reflection Pond, an popular photo stop on a clear day, requires a Kantishna Transit Bus or hiking 2.5 miles from the Wonder Lake bus stop.


The Kantishna District was a mining community formed during the early 1900's. Now Kantishna is primarily a destination for guests visiting the privately owned Kantishna lodges and serves as an access point for backcountry campers. Kantishna is truly the "End of the Road" within Denali National Park & Preserve.

For those looking for a guided trip to the end of the road, be sure to explore our Kantishna Experience Tour to complement your Denali National Park & Preserve adventure. The Kantishna Experience is the only tour to feature an Interpretive Ranger from the National Park Service.

Camper Bus

The Camper Buses are for campers staying beyond Savage River Campground. Our Camper Buses are designed for the unique needs of campers.  The back seats have been removed to enable additional space to handle backpacks, camping gear, and bicycles. Because fewer seats are available, camper bus seats are reserved for non-vehicle campers and backcountry backpackers only. Camper Bus tickets are valid during campers’ entire stay at the campground or in the backcountry. The bus may be utilized on a space-available basis to any location in Denali National Park & Preserve west of Savage River. 

Camper Buses are reservable in-person or by calling 866-761-6629. They are not available online.

Discovery Hike

The Discovery Hike Transit bus is available exclusively for visitors who have registered for the National Park Service Discovery Hike at the Denali Visitor Center. The Discovery Hike is an Interpretive Ranger-guided day-hike, designed to introduce visitors to hiking in Denali’s backcountry. For more information on Discovery Hikes, please visit the National Park Service at

For rates, operational dates, and important information for booking all Transit buses, please click here.