All aboard the Amtrak Winter Park Express — the easiest way to travel between Denver and Winter Park. The ski train is back for the 2023 season, and with fares as low as $34, it’s the most economical way to get yourself out of the city, and into the mountains.
Pack your skis as a carry-on for no additional charge. During boarding, skis will be placed in a dedicated baggage storage.
While onboard, you’ll enjoy a trip in Coach class — featuring wide, reclining seats with a big picture window, ample legroom, and no middle seat. Be sure to visit the bi-level Sightseeing Lounge — offering panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and Moffat Tunnel upstairs and café service with snacks and drinks for sale downstairs.
The Winter Park Express travels between Denver Union Station (DEN) and Winter Park Resort (WPR). To book a trip, use these station codes in the fare finder above (or download the Amtrak app).
While on board, you’ll enjoy a trip in Coach class — featuring wide, reclining seats with a big picture window, ample legroom, and no middle seat. Be sure to visit the bi-level Sightseeing Lounge — offering panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and Moffat Tunnel upstairs and café service with snacks and drinks for sale downstairs. Pack your skis, and feel free to use them as one of your allowed carry-on bags for no additional charge. All skis will be placed in a dedicated baggage storage upon departure to allow for plenty of legroom and space in the cabin.
The ski train will run each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for 12 consecutive weekends — from the weekend of January 14th – 16th through the weekend of April 1st – 3rd. The Winter Park Express travels between Denver Union Station (DEN) and Winter Park Resort (WPR).
Local’s Tip: Not into the train? You can maximize your parking and environmental impact by carpooling as much as possible. Check out these new ride-sharing apps to find people to carpool with: Tread Share or Caravan – You can learn more HERE.
Winter Park Express Schedule
Departs: Denver (DEN) 7:00 am
Departs: Winter Park Resort (WPR) 4:30 pm
Approximate ~ 2 Hour Trip Time
Frequently Asked Questions
The ski train will run each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, beginning Friday, January 13 and ending Sunday, March 26. One-way fares start at $34, with kids fares (aged 2-12) starting at just $17.
The train departs Denver (DEN) at 7am and arrives in Winter Park (WPR) at 9am. The return trip departs Winter Park at 4:30pm and arrives in Denver at 6:40pm.
For trips Monday through Thursday, the California Zephyr — operating daily between Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area via Denver and Salt Lake City — offers service to Winter Park Resort (WPS) via a shuttle connection at Fraser, CO.
*Be sure to enter station code ‘WPS’ if you are booking the shuttle!
Customers in small groups of up to eight can purchase Winter Park Express tickets through the Amtrak Website or the Amtrak App. Customers in groups of 9 – 14 can call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) to make a reservation. Groups of 15 or more — including requests for exclusive car occupancy — can make a group travel request via website and an Amtrak representative will respond back with availability and details.
For more information about group travel, call 1-800-USA-1GRP (1-800-872-1477) Monday through Friday, 6 am – 6 pm MT.
Winter Park Express travelers can bring two carry-on items and two personal items. Skis or a snowboard can count as one carry-on, and will be stored in a dedicated baggage area aboard the train. There is no extra fee for bringing your skis or snowboard onboard.
*Alcoholic beverages cannot be brought onboard on the Winter Park Express. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased onboard in the café.
For more info about Winter Park, CO check out these other great resources:
- 1-Day Ski Itinerary at Winter Park
- Top 13 Restaurants in Winter Park, CO
- 5 Reasons To Download The New Winter Park App