Bus Fees and Reservations
Shuttle Bus Prices
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
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
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:
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?
Recent climate warming has affected Denali in ways that are readily apparent, such as reduced spring snowfall, earlier snowmelt, earlier green-up and thawing of permanent snowfields. Subarctic ecosystems, like Denali, are extremely sensitive to climate variability and change.