V&T Train Ride Carson City – Virginia City, a Local’s Review

The V&T Railway is known for its amazing train ride!  You may have enjoyed the Polar Express during the winter.  The V&T train ride from Carson City to Virginia City is such a fun experience. We are sharing our full review and tips for your next adventure.

This all-day train excursion is fun for the entire family! The train ride is fully narrated with historical facts and anecdotes.

The V&T train ride departs from Carson City’s Eastgate Depot, enjoy a 3.5-hour stopover in historic Virginia City, where you can stroll the boardwalks and explore restaurants, shops, several, museums, mines, and more. Then head back on the train to Carson City!


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V&T Train Ride Carson City – Virginia City


This is offered seasonally.  Currently, the train is running now on select weekends through October 22, 2022.


You depart the depot at 10:00am from Carson City.  You have 3.5 hours to enjoy Carson City.  Then you return to the train and are back in Carson City at 4:15pm.


Roundtrip Adult | $55, Senior(Ages 65+) | $52, Veteran | $52, Child* (Ages 2-16) | $35.  Kids 2 and under ride for free!  One-way tickets are also available


Our Experience

We had such a great time.  My kids are still talking about it 3 weeks later.  My husband and I both loved the narration on the train.  We learned some really cool facts about the railway and region.

Spending 3.5 hours in Virginia City was the perfect amount of time for our family.  We had lunch, enjoyed ice cream, went to a few museums, and shopped!

Definitely plan on doing the museums if you are with kids. There was so much great history to enjoy.

Our Tips

The train does not have AC but the windows are down for fresh air.  Make sure you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

We went during the heat wave so it was hot.  But the windows allowed a nice breeze inside.

We recommend packing water.  Water is available to purchase on the train for a $1 bottle. We also do not recommend a stroller. If you have a young child or baby, we recommend babywearing.  It is easier for the train and navigating Virginia City.

The seats are not assigned on the train, so if you have a large group plan to arrive earlier.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must! You are in Virginia City for 3.5 hours walking so you want to plan on that.

Enjoy The V&T Train Ride

Yes, you could drive to Virginia City but taking the train was truly an experience in itself! The V&T train ride felt like taking a step back in time entering the train and Virginia City.


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!