Did you know you can take a train to the Grand Canyon? The Grand Canyon Railway offers daily service from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon. We recently booked a trip and think its the best way to get to the Grand Canyon!
One of the best things about taking The Train to the Grand Canyon is that you can book a vacation package that includes a train ticket and an overnight stay (which is a nice way to break up the travel) or you can just book a roundtrip train ticket.
We booked a vacation package that included a night at The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel so we didn’t have to wake up early to catch the 9:30AM train (it takes 2.5 hours to get from Phoenix to Williams, AZ).
The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is located in Williams, AZ and is walking distance to The Train Depot! The hotel is well appointed and has an indoor pool and jacuzzi.
The Train offers six classes of service from Coach to Observation Dome to Luxury Parlor. We chose the Observation Dome with glass-enclosed seating and panoramic views. It was awesome to see a variety of landscapes along the ride, including the forest!
When The Train arrives, you are literally step from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We decided not to book a tour and to explore by foot; however, tour options are available.
When you get off The Train, you’ll walk up a set of stairs and see the first lookout point for the Grand Canyon! From that point, you can follow the walking trail left or right – we went left.
Along the trail, you’ll see signs leading to various places you can stop and visit, including the Kolb Studio which offers a free exhibit on the Kolb Brothers.
If you like to hike, the Bright Angel Trailhead starts at the South Rim. You can walk for a few minutes and turn around or complete the entire hike if you have time. You can learn more about the Bright Angel Trail here.
If you’re hungry or want to stop for a drink, there are a few spots along the South Rim walking trail. We stopped at El Tovar for lunch and enjoyed a view of the Grand Canyon.
We took the video above in the Observation Dome on the way back. As you can see, the views are amazing and there is live entertainment for about 15 minutes each way.
A few more things to know:
- The Train offers alcoholic beverages for an additional charge
- First class seats include snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
- First class seats include a champagne toast on the return trip
- The train ride is 2 hours from Williams to the Grand Canyon
- The train leaves at 9:30AM and returns at 3:30PM
- When building your vacation package, you can choose to stay at night at the Grand Canyon
Want to learn more about The Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel or book a trip? Visit www.thetrain.com.