Riding the train is a travel option you might not have thought of, and it’s just one of many that will get you to the Alaska State Fair this year.

It takes a little longer to chug from Anchorage to Palmer, but riding the rails has its advantages.

“We thought it would be fun for the kids and save on gas. It’s a win-win,” said passenger Julie Gibson.

What it really comes down to is the experience. Six-year-old Elliot Slaney’s face shows the magic of his first train ride.

“It’s rolling everywhere,” Elliot said.

The Alaska Railroad runs the fair train on weekends from the end of August through Labor Day each year. Taking the train has the reputation of being expensive, but not so much in this case.

“We are a state-owned entity and we like the idea of Alaskans getting on our trains and using what we have available,” said Tim Sullivan with Alaska Railroad.

By partnering with the fair folks and adding sponsors, the railroad has knocked down ticket prices by 80 percent. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for kids.

The hope is to make riding the train a viable option for those trying to find their way to the fair.

Valley Mover and MASCOT are also offering special daily bus service to the fair for $10. Details can be found on the Alaska State Fair website.

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