How to Plan a Trip With Public Transportation in Anchorage
From Downtown to Dimond Center, Anchorage public transportation is a budget-friendly way to travel to various transportation hubs and attractions around the city. Make plans to hop a bus. Known as People Mover, the system follows more than a dozen routes, with service on most routes running seven days a week. Ride these lines for access to some top local spots.
For Airport Accessibility
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport receives service from People Mover routes 40 and 65.
Route 40 connects to Downtown Anchorage and runs more frequently, with buses arriving every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays, and every 30 minutes during peak daytime hours on weekends. It takes approximately 20 minutes to travel between Downtown and the airport.
Route 65 runs between the airport and the Dimond Transit Center (adjacent to the Dimond Center Mall and Dimond Center Hotel). Traveling hourly on both weekdays and weekends, this route takes about 25 minutes to get from the airport to the Dimond Center.
For Parks, Playgrounds, and Farmers Markets
Ride route 30 for a direct connection to a few favorite farmers markets, plus some of Anchorage’s best parks, playgrounds, and gardens. Hop on a bus at the Downtown Transit Center or the 6th Avenue stop in front of the Anchorage Museum: From there, a short 5-minute ride takes you to the corner of Cordova Street and 14th Avenue, directly adjacent to the popular Anchorage Farmers Market (open Saturdays May-October).
Keep riding to reach the corner of Debarr Road and Pine Street, just a quick walk to the popular polar bear playground and skate park at Russian Jack Springs Park (801 Pine St.). Stay on the bus for one more stop to reach the Mann Leiser Memorial Greenhouse, an all-seasons oasis with free admission for the general public. Get rejuvenated with the lush greenery – then board the next bus to the end of the line.
Route 30 terminates at the corner of Debarr Road and Muldoon Road, directly across from Chanshtnu Muldoon Park, home to a year-round playground, a winter skating ribbon, and a summer weekend farmers market and food forest. Stay and play, then catch another bus for a quick 25-minute ride back to Downtown. Route 30 buses travel every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays, and every 30 minutes during peak hours on weekends.
Head to the corner of 6th Avenue and A Street to admire murals on the exterior of the SEED Lab, then catch a ride on People Mover’s route 20 – find the bus stop right in front of the Anchorage Museum. It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the start of the Mountain View Mural Walk on Mountain View Drive. Disembark in front of the Mountain View Library, walk east to find more murals and popular local restaurants, then catch a ride back downtown from the bus stop in front of Surf Laundry (look for the mural of women surfing the Turnagain Arm bore tide). Route 20 buses arrive every 15 minutes during peak weekday hours, and every 30 minutes on weekends.
For a Cross-Town Connection
People Mover routes 25 and 35 provide some of the most direct north-south connections for travelers riding public transportation in Anchorage.
Staying in a hotel on C Street or in Anchorage’s U-Med district? Board route 25, which departs Downtown Anchorage, travels south on C Street, and heads east on Tudor Road before reaching Muldoon in Northeast Anchorage. Route 25 buses run every 15 minutes during peak weekday hours, and every 30 minutes during peak weekend hours.
Route 35 travels farther south, departing downtown and following the length of Arctic Boulevard before reaching the Dimond Transit Center – plus the Dimond Center Mall, the Dimond Center Hotel, and related seasonal attractions like the Anchorage Market and the Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market. Route 35 buses run every 30 minutes on both weekdays and weekends.
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