Free Shuttle


Look For Our Van - It May or May Not Have the Trailer Attached



Times listed are DEPARTURE times.

TO PARK from Hostel

Drops off at the Denali Bus Depot

TO HOSTEL from Park

Departs from the Denali Bus Depot

6:30 AM

 5:30 PM 

 8:00 AM

9:30 PM


Please allow ample time prior to departure for loading luggage and boarding to ensure an on-time departure.

**Do not make reservations for the Park Bus Tours and Park Transit Buses that depart before 7:30 AM or return after 9:00 PM unless you have your own vehicle**


If you plan to use the Shuttle, you must let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly.

It is your responsibility to inform us in advance if you need a shuttle pick up when you arrive in Denali to get to the Hostel. We need to know in advance how many people to pick up and at what time.

If you don’t know at the time of making your reservation, please email us once you have decided or if your plans change.

If you will have a car you don't need to utilize our shuttle service. There is ample parking at the Hostel, Denali Visitor Center, and Bus Depot.


Be at the right place at the right time. We aren't able to go looking for you.

There is no easy way for you to return to the hostel from the park after 9:30 pm unless you find a ride with someone, hitchhike, pay for an expensive taxi (which may or may not exist from year to year), or walk 14 miles.

The Denali Bus Depot is located in the Entrance Area of Denali National Park. It is about 1 mile from the Denali Visitor Center, which is adjacent to the Train Depot. 

The Bus Depot is where all the park bus tours and transit buses going into the park disembark.

To get between the Bus Depot and the Visitor Center/Train Station, you may utilize the park's courtesy shuttle called Riley Creek Loop (aka Courtesy Shuttle). It's free and departs every 30 minutes. You may also walk - there's a nice gravel trail the whole way. The schedule for the Riley Creek Loop may be found here - be sure to pay attention to the dates at the top of each page! This is the 2018 schedule - the 2019 schedule is not available yet as of Dec. 11, 2018.

One of the stops on the Riley Creek Loop shuttle is the Riley Creek Mercantile, where there is a small convenience store with groceries, beer, wine, and souvenirs.

Our shuttle will pick you up and drop you off in the exact same place that the Riley Creek Loop bus picks up and drops off. There are multiple bus stops at the Denali Bus Depot, so please make sure you pay attention when you get off of the Riley Creek Loop bus.


For Those Arriving on Alaska Railroad Train


For Those Arriving on The Park Connection Motorcoach


For Those Arriving on The Alaska-Yukon Trails Bus