Standard Train Excursions
Train excursions operate daily in the summer and fall months. There are several excursion options to choose from. Our standard excursions are listed below, and other special events listed here. There are no excursions until April, but the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is open daily from 10-5pm.
Good things to know:
- Reservations are recommended for all excursions, and some trains require reservations in advance. A credit card is required to make reservations.
- All excursions are round-trip
- On most excursions, children ages 2 and under are free and do not need reservations or tickets, except on: First Class Duluth Zephyr, Elegant Dinner Train, Summer BBQ, and Murder Mystery, ages 0-13 will need a purchased ticket.
- Combo Admission to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum can be added with 50% off admission if you have a train ticket. You can purchase museum passes at this rate anytime, with your tickets or when you arrive.
- Wheelchair accessibility is available on the Duluth Zephyr and Pizza Trains only at this time – there are no accessible restrooms for wheelchairs onboard the historic railcars. >>More ADA information here<<
Train excursions resume on weekends in April, 2022, the museum is open 10-5pm daily. We continue to monitor covid19 best practices to assure visit to the depot and railroad are as safe and healthy for our guest-passengers and crews. The railroad bases policies on St. Louis County and the state of Minnesota guidelines, as well as mandates from federal levels of the Federal Railroad Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and CDC. Learn more about covid-19 policies and procedures at the museum and railroad by clicking here.
The Duluth Zephyr
Operates May to mid-October
The Duluth Zephyr is our most popular trip! Great for all ages, this train operates daily in the summer and fall, operating a 75 minute trip (1hour, 15 minutes) through downtown, along the shoreline of Lake Superior, through the historic Congdon Neighborhood wooded area, until it reaches a siding where we stop briefly to turn around and return to the Depot.
First Class Option: Ride in the Dome Car and enjoy the unique upstairs viewing area, with an attendant designated just for you. Space is limited to about 60 passengers in the domecar per trip. Enjoy complimentary snacks while you experience the spectacular views from above, in the “SkyView” Dome Car. Learn more about the Dome Car here.
Coach Seats: Ride in one of several historic coaches. Some have open windows, some have air conditioning/heat, its up to you! A concession car is also available to explore.
FIRST CLASS: $40.00
All ages (including babies) need a purchased ticket
COACH SEATS: Adults – $20.00, Children (3-13) $10.00
Ages 2 and under are free and do not need tickets
**Additional fees may apply on peak days (Weekends)
- Reservations are not required for this excursion, but recommended. Tickets may be purchased anytime prior to departure.
- Beverages and snacks are available onboard the train. Pepsi products, juice, and water. Beer, wine, and seltzers are also available for ages 21+.
- Light snacks available for purchase such as candy and chips.
- Schedules subject to change from what is listed above, for most up-to-date, Click here for daily calendar.
- Trains operate 7-days-a-week in late spring, through mid October.
The Music & Pizza Train
Evenings on Weekends in Summer/Fall
A 2-1/2 hour trip up the North Shore with pizza and fun for all ages! One 8″ Domino’s Pizza plus soda included with every ticket. The first part of the ride is narrated as we pass by all the sights of Duluth, on the way back jam out in the concession car with live music from local musicians.Beverages and snacks are available onboard the train; Pepsi products, juice, water, as well as Beer, wine, and seltzers. Light snacks available for purchase such as candy and chips.
The Music & Pizza Train operates Wednesday-Saturday evenings.
Coach Seats: Adults – $28.00, Children (3-13) $18.00
Domecar Seats ( Limited available on select dates): Adults – $48.00, Children (3-13) $38.00
Ages 2 and under are free (no pizza included)
**Additional fees may apply on peak days (Saturdays)
Pizza train reservations must be made by 2pm the day of the excursion. Menu options available: Pepperoni, or Sausage, or Cheese. Gluten Free cheese also available. Menu choices must be made at the time of reservation.
Groups larger than 4 people may not be able to sit directly together. We do not have assigned seating, and staying together isn’t too hard, and coaches generally hold about 60 passengers, so it is hard to sit directly across from eachother or directly in the same vicinity.
The Two Harbors Turn
Full Day Excursion on Weekends
A six-hour full day up the North Shore with a layover-stop for lunch (food not included in ticket price), touring and shopping in beautiful Two Harbors. Return to Duluth between 4 and 5pm. Click here to view a map of the route.
Entrance to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is included with your ticket prior to your departure on that day. Doors open at 9am. You can purchase museum admission the day before or after at 50% off. This trip is usually not wheelchair accessible. Pets are not allowed.
Beverages and snacks are available onboard the train. Pepsi products, juice, and water. Beer, wine, and seltzers are also available for ages 21+. Light snacks available for purchase such as candy and chips.
This train operates on weekends: Friday, Saturday, and Sundays.
Summer Two Harbors Turn (Diesel Powered):
July – September, Fridays-Sundays
Coach Seats: Adults – $34.00, Children $20.00
First Class: Adults – $68.00, Children $68.00
Fall Colors Tour (Diesel Powered):
September – October, Fridays-Sundays
Coach seats: Adults – $39.00, Children $29.00
First Class: Adults – $79.00, Children $79.00
Steam Powered Train:
Steam operating dates have not yet been announced for 2022.
For latest updates on steam operations, click here.
First Class Option: Ride in the Silver Club Dome Car and enjoy the unique upstairs viewing area, with an attendant designated just for you. Space is limited to just 24 passengers per trip, but you have the entire Dome Car (including the downstairs lounge) to yourself. Enjoy complimentary snacks while you experience the spectacular views from above. Learn more about the Dome Car here.
Coach Seats: Ride in one of several historic coaches. Some have open windows, some have air conditioning/heat, its up to you. A concession car is also available to visit, and also ride in.
The Two Harbors train excursion is subject to delays due to Canadian National Railway (CN) freight traffic. Please consider this when making plans for after the train ride. Delays are rare, but can be an hour or more.
Ages 2 and under are free on all Two Harbors excursions
Reservations are strongly recommended