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Getting In and Around Anchorage

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Anchorage is an airline hub for Alaska. It is served by Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport which receives many international and domestic flights every day. The public transit system in Anchorage is also well-developed. It includes a people mover system and a bus network. People Mover offers convenient access to many attractions in the city. Explore Anchorage and its environs through the following modes of transport-

Getting to Anchorage

There are many ways of getting to Anchorage. Climb aboard a cruise or ferry, hit the road, hop a plane or train, all offers an easy access to Anchorage. 

Getting to Anchorage by Plane

Anchorage is served by Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
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Anchorage is served by Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport which is approx 2 miles south of Anchorage. Over 240 flights arrive every day at this airport. International as well as domestic airlines serving Anchorage Airport are: Delta, Alaska Airlines, Icelandair Airlines, American, JetBlue, Korean Air, Sun Country, Ravn Alaska, Yakutia Airlines, Grant Aviation, United Airlines, Condor, and PenAir. 

Contact details:
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Address: 50000 West Intl Airport Rd, Anchorage -99502, Alaska, US
Phone: 1(907)-266-2526

Ground Transportation
  • Inter-terminal: Shuttle bus service is offered at the airport. It runs every 15 minutes between south and north terminals. 
To and From Airport
  • People Mover bus service: People Mover bus system is Anchorage’s public transit system that serves the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport’s north and south terminals. It connects the airport to the Diamond Center mall and downtown transit center. 
  • Taxis: Many taxi companies operate at the airport in front of all the terminals. The fare from airport to downtown is between $18 and $20.
  • Rental cars: Rental cars are also available at each terminal. 

Getting to Anchorage by Road

Seward Highway in Anchorage
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Alaska Highway Route: Anchorage is reachable via road from U.S. and Canada. The Alaska Highway Route begins in northern British Columbia and ends in Fairbanks.  It extends over 2,000 miles from the British Columbia (south) to Anchorage. Reach Anchorage via either the Glenn Highway from Tok or the Parks Highway from Fairbanks. 


Glenn Highway connects to Anchorage
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Glenn Highway: The Glenn Highway is a highway in Alaska that leads through Glennallen and the Mat-Su Valley to Tok meeting the Alaska Highway which is approx 330 miles from Anchorage. It is easy to get to Anchorage by Car via this highway.

Getting to Anchorage by Bus

Alaska/Yukon Trails runs a bus and a van service between Anchorage and Fairbanks, with a stop at Talkeetna and Denali National Park. A one-way ticket fare from Anchorage to Fairbanks is $99 and to Denali is $75.

Getting to Anchorage by RV

It is easy to get to Anchorage by RV (Recreational Vehicle). You can get your own RV or rent one. Some companies provide one-way rentals starting or ending in Anchorage. 
  • Alaska Motorhome Rentals provides one-way rental from between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
  • Alaska Highway Cruises offers one-way cruise tour in an RV to Alaska.

Getting to Anchorage by Rail

Alaska Railroad connects Anchorage and Fairbanks
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The Alaska Railroad connects Anchorage with Fairbanks, Talkeetna and Denali National Park (north) and Whittier and Seward (south). A one-way ticket to Fairbank costs $210 during summers and $159 during winter season, and for Alaska residents it is $127.

Getting to Anchorage by Cruises

Cruises travel from their terminals to Anchorage. One-way cruise lines leave from British Columbia, and travel to South-central and Southeast Alaska and the Anchorage. 


Getting Around Anchorage

Anchorage is built on a grid system. Getting around Anchorage is easy and many of the major attractions are within walking distance of each other. The public transit system in Anchorage is well developed. The best way of traveling around Anchorage is car or foot. Anchorage has a public bus system called as the People Mover. 

Getting Around Anchorage by Car

It is easy to get around the city by car. Car rentals are available in Anchorage. Some of the car rental companies operating in Anchorage are: 

Thrifty Car Rental
Address: 4940 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage -99502, Alaska United States
Phone: 1 907-276-2855

Midnight Sun Car & Van Rental
Address: 4211 Spenard Rd,Anchorage -99517,  United States
Phone: 1 907-243-8806

Avis Car Rental
Address: 441 B St,Anchorage -99501, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-277-4567

Alaska Adventure Car and Camper Van Rental of Anchorage
Address: 1020 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage -99518, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 877-227-0650

Hertz Rent A Car
Address: 414 K St, Anchorage -99501, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-562-4595

Alamo Rent A Car
Address: 5000 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage -99502, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-243-3255

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 906 E 5th Ave, Anchorage -99501, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-277-1600
Budget Rent A Car
Address: 802 Gambell St, Anchorage -99501, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-243-0150

A-1 Car Rental
Address: 3710 Spenard Road, Anchorage -99502, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-929-1222

Getting Around Anchorage by Bus

Anchorage has a public bus service-People Mover. These buses run every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday, and every hour on Saturday & Sunday. The fare for adults is $1.75 per person, for children aged 5 to 18 is $1, and the Day Pass costs $5. The public bus depot is at G Street and 6th Street.

To track the location and the arrival time of the bus, click here

Getting Around Anchorage by Bike

Anchorage has many bike trails and routes. Rent a bike and explore Anchorage. For a day, bike costs $30 and for 3 hours-$12. Some of the bike rentals are:

Pablo's Bike Rental 
Address: 501 L St,Anchorage -99501, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-272-1600

Downtown Bicycle Rental 
Address: 333 W 4th Ave, Anchorage -99501, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-279-5293

Coastal Trail Rentals, LLC
Address: 434 K St, Anchorage -99501, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-334-6401

Getting Around Anchorage by Taxi

There’s not much hassle in getting a taxi in Anchorage. Some of the taxi companies operating in Anchorage are as follows: 

Checker Cab
Address: 3215 Mountain View Dr, Anchorage -99501, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-276-1234

Alaska Yellow Dispatch
Address: 6707 Greenwood St, Anchorage -99518, Alaska, United States
Phone: 1 907-562-6805

Anchorage Taxi
Address: Anchorage, AK, United States
Phone: 1 907-885-6793

Premier Taxi
Address: 891 E Susitna Ave #1, Wasilla, AK 99654, United States
Phone: 1 907-315-4505

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