Grand Canyon Railway, Williams
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233 North Grand Canyon Blvd
Williams, Arizona 86046
+1 (929) 7731976
+1 (800) 843 8724
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The Grand Canyon Railway runs a scenic train trip to the South Rim and a winter journey to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express. Both train tours are pulled by vintage locomotives. Both have onboard entertainment. The train trip to the Grand Canyon affords views of Kaibab National Forest but not of the South Rim. It offers parents an opportunity to relax and provides kids with a break from the car. But it is by no means a high-flying Western adventure. Santa is the centerpiece on the Polar Express. This train tour is big hit with tykes and tots.
Getting There
The southern terminus is located at 233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard in Williams, Arizona. The northern terminus is located on Village Loop Drive in Grand Canyon Village and is part of the Grand Canyon National Park Historic District.
Hours & Times
The Grand Canyon train trip is a full day activity. The Wild West Shootout starts at 9:00. The train departs Williams at 9:30 and arrives at the South Rim at 11:45. The return train departs the Grand Canyon at 15:30 and arrives in Williams at 17:45. Each leg of the train trip is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Time at the Canyon is 3.5 hours. Trains depart daily year around except December 25. The Polar Express departs the Williams depot at 18:30 and 20:00 on select evenings from mid-November through early January.
Admission & Fees
The Grand Canyon Railway has four classes of service. The Polar Express has one. Tickets can be purchased individually or as part of a vacation packages. Rates don't include tax or park admission. A reduced rate is available for kids aged 2 to 15. Kids under 2 years of age are free of charge.
Things to Keep in Mind
The Grand Canyon Railway isn't the quickest way to reach the South Rim. - It takes 2 hours to travel 60 miles. - With only 3.5 hours on the rim, a same day is truly a quick visit. The train trip isn't as scenic as one might expect as the canyon isn't visible from the train. The entertainment is hit or miss. The entertainers openly solicit tips. Tickets for the Polar Express sell out months in advance.
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