Transit Information

Transit Information


Denali National Park Transit Bus Information

Transit Destination Turnaround Round Trip Adult Child* 2021 Operational Dates
Toklat (may be used as Camper Bus until May 31) Mile 53
Toklat Rest Area
6.5 Hours $50 FREE May 20 – May 31
Eielson Mile 66
Eielson Visitor Center
8 Hours $60 FREE June 1 to September 16
Wonder Lake Mile 85
Wonder Lake
11 Hours N/A N/A Not offered at this time
Kantishna Mile 92
Kantishna
The End of the Road
12 Hours N/A N/A Not offered at this time
Camper Bus For campers at Sanctuary, Igloo, Teklanika (without
private vehicle) and Wonder Lake Campgrounds and the Denali Backcountry only.
Varies $60 FREE June 1 to September 16
Discovery Hike Varies Daily Varies N/A N/A Not offered at this time

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.  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 Service pass may present their pass in person to waive the Entrance Fee.  For more information please visit https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

Cancellations/Changes:  There is a $6.50 fee per ticket and per tour to change or cancel a reservation up to eight (8) days prior to departure.  Tickets are nonrefundable within eight (8) days of departure.

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 tour 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.

Loading Information:  Pick-up times are the same as departure times!  Please arrive a minimum of 15 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.

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 https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/management/firearms.htm.

Courtesy Shuttle Buses

The following shuttles are available for the convenience of Denali’s visitors. The Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture, Denali National Park & Preserve’s authorized concessionaire, is happy to provide these services at no additional cost.

All courtesy shuttle buses operate mid-May through mid-September.  Visit the Denali Visitor Center, Denali Bus Depot, or Riley Creek Mercantile for additional information and schedules.  Reservations/tickets are not needed for courtesy buses.

Savage River Shuttle

The Savage River Shuttle is perfect for visitors wishing to experience a short bus ride into the park. The Savage River Shuttle is a free and wheelchair accessible. The bus departs regularly from the Denali Visitor Center and the Denali Bus Depot and travels to the trailheads of Mountain Vista (mile 12) and Savage River (mile 15) before returning to the park entrance areas. Walking trails, hiking, picnic spots and great views of the Outer Alaska Range await!

The bus ride is approximately 45 minutes one-way to access these destinations. Riding the courtesy shuttle bus is a wonderful introduction to Denali National Park & Preserve, particularly if you don't have time for a longer trip into the park. The bus mitigates traffic and parking challenges at trailhead locations. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the 2-hour round-trip ride if they choose not to disembark.

Hiking maps are available on the park website

Riley Creek Loop Shuttle

The Riley Creek Loop shuttle bus provides transportation between bus stops in the Denali National Park & Preserve front country area. It services the Denali Visitor Center Campus, Train Depot, Denali Bus Depot, Riley Creek Mercantile, Riley Creek Campground, and Horseshoe Lake Trailhead.

Dog Sled Demonstration Shuttle

Denali National Park & Preserve is the only location in the National Park System to be patrolled by dog sled in the winter months. During the summer season, the National Park Service provides Sled Dog Demonstrations which offer visitors an opportunity to meet these incredible and unique National Park Service employees up close. For your convenience, a free shuttle is available for this program. Buses depart from Denali Visitor Center Campus bus stop no later than 40 minutes before the demonstration and will return you to the same location after the program. Many lodges provide courtesy buses to the Denali Visitor Center Campus in time for the connection to the demonstration.