Getting Around Alaska
Alaska has 13 state Scenic Byways, five of which also carry the distinction of National Scenic Byways. Two highways connect Anchorage with the rest of Southcentral Alaska – the Glenn Highway leading north to Denali National Park via the Parks Highway and east to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, and the Seward Highway leading south to the Kenai Peninsula and west toward Cook Inlet. RV and car rentals and regularly scheduled bus service are available year-round
The Alaska Railroad connects Anchorage with Denali, Fairbanks, Girdwood, the Mat-Su Valley, Talkeetna, as well as the cruise ship port communities of Seward and Whittier. Choose between total comfort of an Alaska Railroad car or aboard a privately operated tour company car. Both offer unobstructed views and full meal service, with daily service mid-May through mid-September. Day trips from Anchorage or overnight packages are available. The Alaska Railroad also offers weekend and special event trains during the winter season.
The Alaska Marine Highway calls on several ports near Anchorage such as Whittier, Homer and Valdez which are all connected to Anchorage by road or rail. Transfers for ferry and cruise ship passengers embarking from or arriving in Seward and Whittier are available from Anchorage.
Lake Hood, the world’s busiest floatplane base, and Merrill Field bring the remote areas in Alaska closer to Anchorage. Book a flightseeing tour or charter an air taxi for a remote fishing, hunting or wilderness excursion.
Getting Around Anchorage
There are many transportation options to and around Anchorage, including taxis and limousines, rental cars, RVs, bicycles, motorcycles and motorcoach charters. Some attractions also offer free shuttles from downtown Anchorage.
The local public transit system, People Mover, provides access to most visitor attractions and activities. Regular service is available weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with limited service evenings until 11 p.m. weekends and holidays. The People Mover Transit Center, 6th Avenue and G Street, has information, maps, and a handy guide entitled "Places To Go By Bus."
Adult bus fare is $1.75, $1 for youth (ages 5 - 18) and 50 cents for senior citizens (60+). A People Mover Day Pass is available for purchase from bus drivers for $5, $1.50 for seniors and people with disabilities, and allows unlimited rides on all People Mover bus routes for one calendar day.