Introduction/History:

Latest News: Book a 2019 Rocky Mountaineer journey of eight days or more before August 31, 2018, and receive $850 per couple in added value. Can be used on hotel nights, hotel meals, and additional sightseeing. Blackout dates apply.

OR book a 2018 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 5 days or more and you’ll receive a complimentary hotel night in Vancouver, Seattle, or Calgary. Offer ends June 29, 2018. Blackout dates apply.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$140) to/from Seattle, Vancouver or Calgary airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book a “Circle” journey tour, such as the Grand Rail Circle or Canadian Rockies Getaway Circle.)

2018 Highlight: Sonora Resort, one of Canada’s premiere wilderness resorts, is the perfect complement to your Rocky Mountaineer journey. Add two pre- or post-nights at this all-inclusive lodge, accessible only by helicopter or float plane from Vancouver. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, experience a guided salmon-fishing outing, or go on a grizzly bear viewing tour. Call / e-mail us for details.

Read “Mountaineering in Luxury,” a review by IRT Marketing & Travel Associate Rachel Hardy. Click here.


The Rocky Mountaineer has been on our World’s Top 25 Trains list since it started. It was awarded the right to operate routes in the Canadian Rockies and purchase VIA Rail’s equipment in 1990 by the Canadian government. The owner, who ate beans for a while until his fledgling company took hold, started with two-day, all-daylight programs between Vancouver and Banff.

In 1995, the company launched its luxury GoldLeaf Service with its custom-built glass dome coaches offering fine dining on the lower level. Today, most guests choose GoldLeaf service. The company has added Silverleaf — one-level dome cars.  Other routes are Vancouver-Whistler-Jasper and Seattle-Vancouver-Banff.

In 2013, Rocky Mountaineer’s first cross-border trip was tested between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, Washington. This route is called “Coastal Passage.” The results were favorable; in 2014, cross-border departures were begun.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for IRT’s latest review of this great train.

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Accommodations

We recommend GoldLeaf Service for all departures. It has a beautiful bi-level dome coach, is fully air-conditioned with full-length dome windows, and assigned seating that can accommodate groups of four. The main benefit, from our point of view, is GoldLeaf passengers’ exclusive access to the large open-air observation decks. As this is a daytime-only train, there are no sleeping accommodations. Overnights are spent in upgraded hotels for GoldLeaf passengers.

We also like the on-board, gourmet dining experience in the exclusive lower-level dining room. Another GoldLeaf benefit is the luggage delivery service to your hotel in Kamloops or Quesnel. And we appreciate the transfers to and from the train on package tours.

For the ultimate in luxury, book GoldLeaf Deluxe service, and enjoy all the benefits of GoldLeaf with even more luxurious hotel rooms during your tour. And go even a notch futher and ask for Gold Floor rooms in the Fairmont hotels.

SilverLeaf service passengers are seated in a single-level dome coach in reclining seats which can rotate to accommodate groups of four. Meals are served at your seat and hotels are moderate. SilverLeaf passengers have access to a small open-air vestibule.

Dining

In GoldLeaf Service, walk down a spiral staircase or take the elevator from the dome level to the dining room where the full galley kitchen prepares remarkable multi-course breakfasts and lunches for you.  The dining room can seat 36 in tables for four.

SilverLeaf passengers are served hot entree options at their seats.

Lounge Cars

There is no separate lounge. Attendants serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at your seat during the day. All drinks are included in the price of the journey.

Other

There are so many ways to take this train. For example, combine it with VIA Rail’s Canadian, from Toronto to Jasper, for a Trans-Canada Rail Adventure. Or maybe you’ve already done the Rocky Mountaineer’s regular itinerary. If so, try the new, three-day Rainforest to Gold Rush route—Vancouver-Whistler-Quesnel-Jasper—perhaps complemented by the Coastal Passage route between Seattle and Vancouver.

The common theme is: all travel is done by day to maximize views of the spectacular scenery.

Increasingly popular are rail/cruise combos departing from Seattle and Vancouver to Alaska aboard Holland America and other cruise ships. They match perfectly with Rocky Mountaineer train trips. Call us for more info.

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The Rocky Mountaineer travels along one of Canada's scenic lakes. ©J.W. Hanback
The Rocky Mountaineer travels along one of Canada's scenic lakes. ©J.W. Hanback
IRT Society Marketing Intern Rachel Hardy enjoys the view from the Gold Leaf dome car's outdoor viewing area. IRT Photo courtesy of Rachel Hardy
IRT Society Marketing Intern Rachel Hardy enjoys the view from the Gold Leaf dome car's outdoor viewing area. IRT Photo courtesy of Rachel Hardy
A Rocky Mountaineer passenger snaps a photograph from the train's observation deck.  (Photo by Angela Walker)
A Rocky Mountaineer passenger snaps a photograph from the train's observation deck. (Photo by Angela Walker)
The Rocky Mountaineer passes under through a snowy mountain.  (Photo by Angela Walker)
The Rocky Mountaineer passes under through a snowy mountain. (Photo by Angela Walker)
The Rocky Mountaineer's newest Gold Leaf Dome cars are their most luxurious ever. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy
The Rocky Mountaineer's newest Gold Leaf Dome cars are their most luxurious ever. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy