The train is superior scenery, but Seward is a gem, with WAY more than just Exit Glacier to see. Is glaciers your priority? You may want to then consider the car rental and get to Portage glacier visitor center and boat tour.
Exit glacier can be gotten to via shuttle bus as well as taxi. You might, FIRST want to find out, if there are any car rentals available, and cost? There is only Hertz.
A top tour choice in Seward is definately a Kenai Fjords boat tour. Just fantastic.
Thanks for the feedback. We decided to take the train but now we wonder which one. I have contacted HAL and they seem to have a nicer train than the regular one from Alaska RR. Costs are just a little bit highter ($98 vs. $75) but it seems you have a much better view. May I ask if you have any experience with this?
Better "view", it goes the SAME tracks with the same view. I suggest you consider the timing of your choices. The contracted train leaves Anchorage TOO late for much of any touring and arrives in Seward too LATE for much either. I have taken the Alaska RR many times, their trains, never having any concern with them.
I suggest you look further at what you wish to consider for your short time?? If a Kenai Fjords boat tour is an option, then you have to book the regular run, if it doesn't matter to you, then book either.