State of Alaska/Michael DeYoung

Anchorage To Seward

Seward is 120 miles south of the city by car, motorcoach, shuttle or train. Here are driving directions from Anchorage to Seward. It is one of the Anchorage area's two major cruise ports. Most cruises start or end in Seward, including Crystal, Holland America Lines, Norwegian, Silversea, and Seabourn (Princess Cruise Lines uses Whittier instead).

How far is it from Anchorage to Seward?

It's just over 120 miles between downtown Anchorage and Seward. Take the Seward Highway (Highway 1 on some maps) south. You'll pass Girdwood, picture-perfect Tern Lake, and Moose Pass before arriving in Seward at the scenic edge of Resurrection Bay.

How can I get from Anchorage to Seward?

Anchorage is connected to Seward by road and rail. Motor coaches from Alaska Cruise Transportation - ACT Big BusPark Connection, and Seward Bus Line connect Seward to Anchorage all summer. There are many companies offering cruise ship transfers to/from Seward. Taxis, Uber and Lyft also pick up in Anchorage. The Alaska Railroad's Coastal Classic train has daily summer service between the Anchorage and Seward, and many cruises itineraries include special rail charters as transfers for passengers.

How long does it take to get from Anchorage to Seward?

It takes just over two hours by car or bus to get between Anchorage and Seward. The train takes longer, about 4 hours.

What can I see and do between Anchorage and Seward?

The trip south is one of the most scenic in Alaska, with the waters of Turnagain Arm on one side and the Chugach Mountains on the other. There are many small turnouts along the way that are photo-perfect. The small community of Girdwood is a great spot to take a quick hike or a ride up the aerial tram. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a great spot to get a close look at bison, moose, bears and other Alaska animals in a natural setting. Seward itself is a great spot for zipliningsled dog kennel tourskayaking and glacier and wildlife day cruises.


Seward sits on the edge of Resurrection Bay, a deep fjord carved out by a glacier thousands of years ago. High above the town, almost 40 glaciers flow down from the Harding Icefield in the Kenai...


Whether traveling by air, land or sea, visitors to Anchorage find convenient connections inside Alaska during their travels.