How do I get to Alaska?

There are several ways to get to Alaska, including flying, taking the ferry, or driving. Of these, by far the quickest and most popular is flying into Anchorage.

Getting to Alaska by Air

Several major airlines including United, American, Delta, and Alaska Airlines fly into Anchorage, Alaska's largest city and primary transportation hub. There are direct flights from Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, and Seattle, among others. It's also possible to fly into Fairbanks or Juneau, but these smaller airports see fewer daily flights. For more details, please visit our Flights to Alaska page.

Getting to Alaska by Ferry

The Alaska state ferry serves an important role in connecting many small Southeast Alaskan communities. The ferry also connects Alaska to the lower 48 states via a route out of Bellingham, Washington. It takes 36 plus hours to reach Alaska, but it's a scenic trip and, because the ferry accommodates vehicles, a unique choice for a self-drive Alaska vacation. Check out our Alaska State Ferry page for more information.

Most travelers don't first think of a cruise as a way to get to Alaska, though one-way glacier route cruises from Vancouver do just that. On northbound cruises, you'll arrive in either Seward or Whittier, two perfect places to start a post-cruise land tour through Alaska.

Getting to Alaska by Car

Alaska is connected to the lower 48 by road. Most drivers go north into Canada to connect with the Alaska Highway, or "Alcan." The highway runs from Dawson Creek in British Columbia to Delta Junction in Alaska. There is no bus or motorcoach service that connects the continental states and Alaska.

Getting to Alaska by Train

We often get the question, "Is there a train to Alaska?" Although there is renowned train service within Alaska, there is no train service that runs from the continental United States into Alaska.

A final note: If you take the ferry, a cruise, or drive to Alaska, you must travel with a valid passport (because you'll go through Canada).