Transit Information

Transit Information

Denali National Park Transit Bus Information

Transit Destination Turnaround Round Trip Adult Child* 2024 Operational Dates
East Fork Mile 43, East Fork Bridge 4.5 Hours $33.25 FREE May 20 - September 12
Toklat Mile 53
Toklat Rest Area
6.5 Hours N/A N/A Not offered in 2024
Eielson Mile 66
Eielson Visitor Center
8 Hours N/A N/A Not offered in 2024
Wonder Lake Mile 85
Wonder Lake
11 Hours N/A N/A Not offered in 2024
Kantishna Mile 92
The End of the Road
12 Hours N/A N/A Not offered in 2024
Camper Bus For campers at Sanctuary and Teklanika (without
private vehicle) Campgrounds and the Denali Backcountry only.
Varies $33.25 FREE June 1 - September 12
Discovery Hike Varies Daily Varies $33.25 FREE June 1 - September 2

Transit Bus Schedule

*A child ticket is for anyone 15 years of age and under. All passengers, regardless of age, must have a ticket to board the bus.

Loading Information: Pick-up times are the same as departure times! Your departure time is the time you selected. Please arrive a minimum of 20 minutes prior to your pick-up time to collect your tickets, pay the entrance fee, and avoid missing your bus. Transit buses do not depart from area hotels. All Transit buses depart from the Denali Bus Depot located inside of Denali National Park.

What to bring: Bring warm clothes and rain gear, camera, binoculars, and personal medication as necessary. No food or water is available for purchase once the Transit bus is underway so please be prepared and bring your own. Food and beverages, including coffee, are available for purchase at the Denali Bus Depot. A water refill station is available at the Eielson Visitor Center.

Car Seat for children: For those traveling with younger children, please review the Alaska Car Seat Laws:

  • Children younger than 1 year of age or less than 20 pounds (9 kilograms) must be in a rear-facing infant seat.
  • Children 1 to 4 years old and at least 20 pounds (9 kilograms) must be in a child restraint.
  • Children 4 to 7 years old and are less than 57 inches (1.4 meters) tall or less than 65 pounds (30 kilograms) must be in a booster seat. Booster seats are no longer required for children ages 5-7 once they reach 57 inches (1.4 meters) tall or weigh 65+ pounds (30 kilograms).

Parents are responsible for providing the appropriate car seat.

Entrance Fees: All adult tickets do not include the $15 per adult entrance fee required to enter the park. This fee is collected when you pick up your tickets at the Denali Bus Depot. Visitors with a valid National Park Pass may present their pass in person to waive the Entrance Fee. For more information please visit

Cancellations/Changes: There is a $8.25 fee per ticket to change or cancel a reservation up to seven (7) days prior to departure. Tickets are nonrefundable within seven (7) days of departure.

Restrooms: Restroom stops occur every 60-90 minutes. There are no restrooms aboard the buses.

Wheelchair Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible buses are available at designated times. Please consult the posted schedule to identify wheelchair accessible buses. Wheelchair buses are for those passengers who are fully confined to a wheelchair. Please make a reservation via phone (800-622-7275) and inform the reservation agent of the wheelchair bus need. Transit buses can accommodate one (1) wheelchair per designated Transit bus. For those visitors who are not confined to a wheelchair and can go up and down the stairs of a bus, but are unable to walk longer distances, courtesy wheelchairs are available at every stop for your convenience. All stops are wheelchair accessible.

Smoking: Smoking is not permitted aboard any bus. Receptacles are provided at rest areas in designated smoking areas.

Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is not permitted aboard any bus.

Firearms: A passenger/visitor may possess a firearm on board a Transit Bus so long as the gun is unloaded and locked in a closed container. Visitors may carry/possess firearms in all of the Denali National Park and Preserve campgrounds according to Alaska State Law.

For more information about firearms in Denali National Park & Preserve, visit the National Park Service at