Based in Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon Railway Company has offered tourists rail transportation from Williams, Arizona, into Grand Canyon National Park since 1901. In 1968, train service into the park halted, but it resumed again in 1989. The company operates several different vintage trains, all of which are restorations, and offers four levels of service: coach, first class, observation dome, and luxury parlor class. It also offers a number of excursion packages that include amenities aside from transportation for a fixed price. None of the packages includes park fees or taxes.
Railway Getaway Package
This excursion package includes one night's lodging in Williams at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or a similar hotel, round-trip train fare from Williams to the Grand Canyon, and a breakfast and dinner buffet at Max & Thelma's Restaurant. Once in the park, visitors have about three hours to spend sight-seeing.
Grand Canyon Railway
1201 West Route 66, #200
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Senior Escape Package
This three-night excursion includes accommodations for two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or a similar hotel in Williams, two breakfast and two dinner buffets at Max & Thelma's Restaurant, first class seating in the train to the Grand Canyon, and a motorcoach tour of the canyon rim, with lunch on the South Rim.
Canyons Deluxe Package
This is a three-day trip that includes two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or a similar lodging establishment in Williams, one night at the Grand Canyon and two nights in Cottonwood. Passengers catch the train into the Grand Canyon and spend the night at the Maswik Lodge. The next day, they catch the train back to Williams and spend the night there. The following morning, they drive to Cottonwood, where they catch the Verde Canyon Railroad into the canyon. The train returns to Cottonwood that night, where passengers spend the night. The package also includes two breakfast and dinner buffets at Max & Thelma's Restaurant in Williams.
Polar Express Package
During the Christmas season, Grand Canyon Railway operates a special Polar Express train that takes kids and their parents to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus, but the company also offers an elaborated version of this trip that provides transportation for two adults and two children into the Grand Canyon. After staying overnight in Williams, passengers board at Williams for the trip to the North Pole, where Santa awaits their arrival with his sleigh and reindeer. The "jolly old elf" comes on board the train to greet everyone and to give each child a sleigh bell. Then the train travels on to the Grand Canyon, where the passengers have dinner, spend the night, and enjoy breakfast before returning to Williams.