Explanation of Narrated Tour BusesUnlike transit buses, which are not narrated, tour buses feature a trained naturalist who both drives the bus and narrates during the trip.
Tour bus trips begin and end at various locations around the entrance of the park—they do not pick up at campgrounds along the Denali Park Road, and they are not set up for passengers to disembark and re-board. Transit buses are a better option for passengers who want to get off the bus to hike, picnic, etc.
There are a few different bus tours from which to choose. All tours are conducted by certified driver-naturalists who will provide a guided, informative trip into the park. Tour buses are tan-colored, to help them stand out from a distance. Descriptions of each tour are below.
Reservations and PricesReservations for bus trips are made through our bus concessionaire, Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture. You can buy bus tickets online or call 1-800-622-7275.
The National Park Service does not operate any of these tours. Questions concerning departure times, ticket refunds, etc., should be directed to Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture, the concessionaire who operates these tours.
Note: The prices below for narrated tour buses do not include the $10 per person park entrance fee. If you have an entrance pass already (e.g., a Senior Pass), learn how to get your entrance fee refunded.
|Destination/Service||Dates (2018)||Adult (16 and older)||Children (15 and younger)|
|Natural History Tour||May 9—September 19||$80.00||$40.00|
|Tundra Wilderness Tour*||June 1—September 13||$136.00||$68.00|
|Kantishna Experience||June 8—September 13||$208.00||$104.00|
*Note: From May 20—31 each year, the Tundra Wilderness Tour travels a slightly shorter distance, because the Denali Park Road doesn't open fully til early June. This early-season tour is 1 hour shorter and is $116.00 for ages 16+ (and $58.00 for ages 15 and younger).
Bus departures vary each day, based on demand. There is therefore no fixed daily schedule. Contact the bus company to learn more about bus schedules.