Journey across the Northern Arizona countryside on a full-day journey aboard the Grand Canyon Railway. Hear folklore and stories from the crew and witness authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life on this scenic adventure. Arrive at Grand Canyon Depot and choose from a variety of activities, including a narrated motor coach tour of Grand Canyon National Park. Upgrade to include first class seats and a buffet lunch at the Maswick Lodge at the Grand Canyon.
Watch a Wild West shootout featuring the Cataract Creek Gang in an outdoor theater
Train offers kaleidoscopic views of the San Francisco Peaks
Add a motorcoach rim tour with the most scenic overlooks of the Canyon
Upgrade to include a hearty buffet lunch at the Maswick Lodge at the Grand Canyon
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Imagine boarding an historic train, traveling through beautiful landscapes then being awestruck by the Grand Canyon in all of the glory that makes it one of the seven natural wonders of the world! This is what you will experience with this Grand Canyon Railway Package!
Round trip train (coach or first class)
1.5-hour rim tour (if option selected)
Hot buffet lunch (if option selected)
National Park service fees (USD15)
Lunch (unless option is selected)
1.5-hour rim tour (unless option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Meeting And Pickup
Grand Canyon Railway Depot
280 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
This Grand Canyon Railway adventure begins at the historic Williams Depot in Williams, Arizona. Before boarding the train, enjoy a Wild West shootout featuring the Cataract Creek Gang in an outdoor theater. Also, check out the gift shops and enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast (not included) at the Grand Depot Café before departure.
Then it’s all aboard. The Grand Canyon Railway has been transporting passengers on a journey to one of the seven natural wonders of the world since 1901. This iconic train is more than just a mode of transportation, however. It’s a trip back in time to what many consider the most incredible place on Earth. Experience white-gloved service with roaming musicians and sing-a-longs.
Arrive at the historic Grand Canyon Depot, one of only three remaining log depots known to have been constructed in the United States. The landmark El Tovar Hotel, Hopi House gift shop and Bright Angel Lodge hotel complex greet guests as they arrive. Feel free to explore and join a narrated motor coach tour of Grand Canyon National Park that travels to the most scenic overlooks of the canyon, providing guests with the ultimate scenic experience.
Upgrade and include a hot buffet lunch at Maswik Lodge, nestled in a Ponderosa pine forest. On your return journey, you'll be part of an Old West train robbery!
The tour ends with a return trip to Williams, Arizona.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
Infants must sit on laps
The train can accommodate a motorized scooter if it is no wider than 25 inches. There is a special lift to lift the scooter onto the train.
Please note: Arizona doesn't observe Day Light Savings and switches between MST (Mountain Standard Time) and PST (Pacific Standard Time) depending on the season.
Not wheelchair accessible
Post COVID-19 Safety Updates - We politely request that you refrain from taking this tour should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you are at a high risk of contracting the disease. Please ensure 1 person per group wait in line for ticket exchange. Face masks will be highly recommended. Social distancing will be practiced on train platform and on the train. Seating on board the train will be limited to maximize social distancing, and guests will be asked to promptly take their seat keeping aisles clear and to remain seated except to use restrooms.
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This was a really, really great trip! The people on the train were so fun, very professional, friendly and great at their job!! The food was great, too. I would highly recommend this as the best way to see the Grand Canyon!!
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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A lot of fun!!
Myra_L, May 2023
The train ride was great! Nancy was awesome - Very attentive and knowledgeable. The drinks and snacks were wonderful. The train robbery on the way back was a lot of fun!! A fabulous experience!!
Great train trip to the Grand Canyon
Suzanne_M, Apr 2023
We were on the train for our anniversary Nancy made our trip very fun and memorable!!
We would probably not do the bus your next time, after getting off the train and then onto bus - we would have had that time to explore on our own! Bus driver was great - buffet at the lodge was not very good.
Our railcart attendant...
Kathryn_E, Mar 2023
Our railcart attendant Dennis was such a treasure, very kind and funny and the trip up to and from the Canyon was spectacular and full of information. I will be bringing as many people to this experience as I can for a unique way to see the Grand Canyom
Fun and stress free trip to GC
Blake_M, Mar 2023
First time we went to the Grand Canyon we did it via a tour from Flagstaff. During that trip we learned about the train. This time we did the train, first class, with motor coach tour of the south rim. The train was great, and better than traveling by car imho. The couch tour, was good as well because you got to see two famous viewpoints, without walking (you get out of the bus, but you don't have to walk to these locations from the train platform). Well worth it imho. For little kids they have a bank and train robbery (beginning and end of trip), they have people who play live music, and great cabin attendants.
Great and fun time
Will_S, Feb 2023
Went with my wife. It was a fun experience. Employees were great. I will recommend this to friends and family.
A unique experience
Chris_M, Jan 2023
Seeing the trees covered in snow and the elk herds on the train ride up was great. The train personnel were very friendly and attentive. The chairs were comfortable and the train was clean. This is my first experience riding a train other than a light rail and I would like to take a longer train ride in the future. It is a relaxing way to travel.
Best experience of my life
Azucena_S, Jan 2023
Beautiful place definitely recommend this trip to enjoy with the family and friends staff was very nice great service Muffin and Denis were great
Perfect couples trip! ...
April_H, Nov 2022
Perfect couples trip!
The train ride was very relaxing with scenic views of the landscape on our way to the Grand Canyon.
Ride the Rails
Daniel_B, Nov 2022
The ride through the Arizona countryside to the Grand Canyon was wonderful. Would do this again and again.
Glad we went by the train it was fun and easy. Staff wonderful.
robbie_h, Oct 2022
the view by the hotel was beautiful.
The staff on train and at the shuttle were wonderful and caring and loaned me a wheel chair after I fell off curb by tour bus.
The Grand Canyon tour was...
Cindy_S, Oct 2022
The Grand Canyon tour was great if the guide was a little verbose. "Conductor" on the way home pushed gratuities way too much and "robbers" we're too insistent on "robbing" passengers.
I hoe that I have summarized my concern and again my thanks for your response.
Wayne_W, Oct 2022
My experience with the trip was okay, the train ride was fun but the highlife was the tour of the grande canyon. My frustration with the tour agency was a promise that was made to me regarding a refund. To explain, when I originally book the trip I believe I did not mention the month and therefore the original booking was September rather than the plannned October and I explained this error to your agent, I asked if there might be a possibility of a refund for the September error and the response was I would hear from the company within 48 hours. It has been over a week and no response. I can be reached by phone (780-915-3551) or by email. Thanks for your consideration.
So so train trip
william_b, Oct 2022
The Train ride was good our server was excellent. The lunch was garage, Food was cold and no variety .
Hand Canyon Trail
Annie_H, Sep 2022
Cameron was coach B host/ entertainment bring the Grand Canyon train trail to life. Thank you for the such experience that I am able to share when I go home.
The train robbery was a...
Susan_P, Aug 2022
The train robbery was a lot of fun. Our car attendant, Michael, was awesome; he kept us engaged the whole trip and put out a great buffet for both trips. He had great stories about what we were seeing. The musicians were also very good. The whole experience was outstanding and we would highly recommend.
Beautiful & fantastic
beccyhunthotmailcouk, Jul 2022
The train journey was really lovely, first class seats were fantastic and our host in coconino was absolutely fantastic. The only let down was the lady taking photos as she was quite rude and not what was expected when everyone else was so lovely!! The route is fantastic and very scenic, the canyon its self didn’t disappoint. The complimentary snacks on the way home weren’t as great as the ones going out but that is being a little picky! All in all, the trip was fantastic and we would highly recommend it!!!
Fun for all
MaryEllen_B, Jun 2022
Fun time on the train. Our train host Rob was very helpful and entertaining. The cowboy entertainment was a real added bonus, especially for our grandsons. Bus trip around a bit frustrating due to delays and eating up free time. Bus driver was very knowledgeable as guide. Overall worth the day for sure!!!
Fun with friends
Anna_P, May 2022
The whole train ride was serene and fun. The singing and train robbery added a lot of extra fun too.
Overall a good day
Sherry_B, Apr 2022
We booked the train ride, bus ride and lunch. When we checked in we were able to upgrade to the dome car which turned out to be a very good move since the seats were smaller than I expected and there were open seats in the dome car so we were able to spread out. The lunch is not a buffet, it is a sandwich bag lunch with very few choices. The train ride was very pleasant but we could have done with the afternoon signer have a much lower volume. Highly recommend the bus tour, you see a lot with not a lot of hiking which is a good idea unless you are used to walking around at the higher altitude. Overall a very good experience and you can see a lot in one day booking the full tour.
Viator mixup - book direct next time
Jim_S, Mar 2022
Viator failed to add bus tour and lunch to our trip despite paying for it.
Since Viator is a third party app - no one could help us.
HOT lunch was a cold sandwich.
Train was great and Grand Canyon awesome.
The train is the best way
Arleen_M, Mar 2022
Taking the train is the best!! Great car ride. First class was worth the extra legroom, quiet ride, snacks, cash bar. Didn’t regret not buying the lunch. The tour bus was awesome. Great information
Great trip would do it again!!!
Susan_D, Mar 2022
The robbery on the way home. It was an easy going trip with lots of scenery and stories by the PSA, Dennis. He was most helpful and charming.
Can’t recommend the Grand Canyon Railway enough.
Carol_S, Feb 2022
The train ride was wonderful. First class tickets were well worth the cost. Our host, Rob, couldn’t have been more hospitable and entertaining. The entertainment was so much fun. The Grand Tour of the Canyon was so nice. Great trip.
Viator made a mistake
Mark_Z, Nov 2021
The railways was great but Viator booked me on a Tour that was not wheelchair accessible. I told them very clearly that I was in a wheelchair and they said everything was wheelchair accessible. It was not
Seeing the grandkids...
BEN_W, Nov 2021
Seeing the grandkids enjoying the day. Seeing the grand canyon in all it's splendor and the whole train ride experience.
Rachel_F, Oct 2021
Had a wonderful time with plenty of laughs. Wonderful experience
Music and entertainment
Rob was so informative
A must see!!
Nancy_Y, Oct 2021
Our train car attendant Sharon was awesome. She was friendly, energetic, and very knowledgeable, sharing history and stories along the train route. The Canyon was breathtaking.
Grand Canyon Railway is the only way to go
Marcia_T, Sep 2021
This was the most wonderful trip we have ever taken. The train ride was fabulous! There was a train robbery, musicians to entertain us and Josh to see to our every need. Then we arrived at the Grand Canyon and my breath was taken away. WOW! This is a must do trip.
Grand Canyon must!
Emily_K, Sep 2021
Excellent experience from start to finish! Highly recommend for a trip to the Grand Canyon, paired with the bus tour and lunch, was a perfect stress free day!
Non-compliance with masks ruined the trip.
Eric_J, Sep 2021
I made an informed decision to book this trip because masks were required. People all around were not wearing their masks correctly or at all which made the trip unemployable. The train attendant announced that people were required to wear masks, but one male guest in particular chose not to, and the train attendant could only do so much. The company needs to enforce the rules; just like with no smoking, non-compliance with mask wearing should get you kicked off the train.
Also we got a sack lunch with dried out sandwiches instead of the buffet lunch we paid for.
The cowboys put on a nice show. The entertainment was good.