• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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Bus Fees and Reservations

This page lists ticket prices for shuttle and tour buses in Denali, and details the different ways you can book your trip.

If you haven't already, read a description of shuttle buses and a description of tour buses to understand the differences between these two types of experiences.

 
Shuttle Bus Prices

Destination/Service Adult (16 and older)
Children (15 and under)
Toklat River
$27.00 free
Eielson Visitor Center
$34.50 free
Wonder Lake
$47.25 free
Kantishna $51.50 free
Camper Pass
$34.50 free

As the table above indicates, children (15 and younger) ride free on all shuttle buses. They do still need a format ticket, however, when you are booking over the phone or online.

The 3-For-2 Pass

Staying for three or more days in Denali? This pass allows one person to take three shuttle trips for the price of two tickets. The pass is not transferable or refundable. All dates must be specified at the time of purchase. The 3-for-2 Pass is available by phone-in or walk-in reservation only and does require individual tickets for each trip. Please ask your reservation agent for details.

The Six-Pack

If you're planning a significantly longer stay in Denali, this is a fantastic deal. This shuttle bus pass allows a visitor to travel into the park on six separate trips during the same summer season for a discounted rate. The Six-Pack is good for only one individual -- i.e. is not transferable -- and the first bus trip must be reserved when purchasing the Six-Pack. There is a minimum of five days between trips. All reservations must be done in person (valid ID required) at the Wilderness Access Center or Riley Creek Mercantile. A Six-Pack for Wonder Lake or Kantishna is $61.50; a Six-Pack for Toklat or Eielson Visitor Center is $41.25.
 
Tour Bus Prices

Destination/Service Adult (16 and older)
Children (15 and younger)
Natural History Tour
$69.50 $34.75
Tundra Wilderness Tour
$118.50 $59.25
Teklanika Tundra Wilderness Tour
$76.50 $38.25
Windows into the Wilderness Tour
$99.25 $49.50
Kantishna Experience Tour $165 $82.50

 
Entrance Fee Reminder

There is an entrance fee charged with each bus reservation.

Holders of either a Denali Annual Pass or one of the several types of Federal Recreation Lands Passes may obtain a refund for their pre-paid entrance fee by presenting their valid pass, along with a photo ID and material showing payment of the entrance fee, upon arriving in Denali. Your refund may be processed at either the Riley Creek Mercantile or the Wilderness Access Center. If you made your reservations, and paid your entrance fee, through a third party vendor, such as a cruise line, you may need to seek reimbursement from that third party.
 
How to Make Bus Reservations

Our bus concessioner may only reserve a portion of each day's shuttle bus tickets in advance. The remaining pool of daily tickets are available for purchase two days before the date of the trip. Visitors with very limited schedules or particularly large (6 or more) groups are advised to book in advance. Meanwhile, tour buses do fill up quite often, so advance reservations are more important for those wishing to take a narrated tour bus.

There are four ways to buy bus tickets:

  1. Make bus and campground reservations online
  2. By mail:
    Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture
    2445 West Dunlap Avenue
    Phoenix, Arizona 85021
  3. By calling:
    1 800 622-7275 (U.S. and Canada)
    1 907 272-7275 (international and Anchorage local)
  4. In person at the Wilderness Access Center

Note: Reservations for bus trips and campground stays in a given summer are possible as early as December 1 of the year before your trip.

Did You Know?

an arctic ground squirrel on its hind legs

Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.