Park Connection travels twice a day from Anchorage to Seward.

Seward Cruise Transfers

How to travel between Anchorage and Seward before or after your Alaska cruise.

Coastal Classic traveling along the Turnagain Arm at sunset.

Seward Cruise Transfers

How to travel between Anchorage and Seward before or after your Alaska cruise.

Seward Cruise Transfers

The small coastal town of Seward, a "turn around" port for several Alaska cruise lines, is more than a hundred miles from the nearest airport in Anchorage. This can make planning a cruise transfer seem like a challenge at first, but luckily there are easy transportation options for passengers either arriving into or departing from Seward. These include the Park Connection Motorcoach and Alaska Railroad.

Read on for more details, but if you are ready to book your Seward cruise transfer now, the quickest way is to use our Train & Bus Express Checkout tool.

Cruise Transfers for Ships Embarking from Seward

Travelers catching a cruise leaving Seward can connect from Anchorage in the morning. The Park Connection bus from Anchorage to Seward departs at 7:00 AM and arrives at 9:45 AM. The Alaska Railroad train from Anchorage to Seward departs at 6:45 AM and arrives at 11:05 AM. These morning arrivals leave time to explore Seward or head out on a scenic Kenai Fjords National Park day cruise. Some local tour operators will hold luggage, and passengers who come in by train may have their bags transferred directly to the cruise line if properly tagged.

For passengers traveling in the late afternoon, an additional Park Connection coach departs Anchorage at 3:00 PM and arrives in Seward at 5:45 PM. It will drop off directly at the cruise terminal on ship days. This also coordinates best for guests traveling from farther north of Anchorage, as the Park Connection provides the only same-day service from Denali Park to Seward and Talkeetna to Seward.

We do not recommend flying into Anchorage on the day of your southbound cruise departure. If you are on a limited time schedule, at the very least spend a night or two at an Anchorage hotel or Seward hotel. This will allow you start your cruise rested and allow for unforeseen flight or luggage delays. Better yet, if you have more time, explore the land side of Alaska on a pre-cruise vacation package. These trips conveniently end in Seward, making them perfect to pair with southbound Seward cruises.

Cruise Transfers for Ships Disembarking at Seward

After your cruise concludes, you can catch a train or coach north to Anchorage. The Park Connection operates a special Seward-to-Anchorage cruise transfer on designated ship days that leaves directly from the cruise terminal at 9:45 AM. It arrives into Anchorage at 12:30 PM. A separate daily morning bus to Anchorage leaves at 10:45 AM and gets in at 1:30 PM. If you'd like a more leisurely day in Seward, an evening coach departs Seward at 6:30 PM and arrives into Anchorage at 9:30 PM. Same-day service from Seward to Denali Park or Seward to Talkeetna is also available.

The train from Seward to Anchorage leaves the Seward depot at 6:00 PM, giving you plenty of time to explore Seward or even take a day cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park. The train arrives into Anchorage at 10:15 PM. There are also limited rental car options, but there are some important things to consider before renting a vehicle in Seward.

Want to book a cruise transfer and also spend more time exploring Alaska? Check out our post-cruise land packages that begin in Seward. We are happy to help you book your cruise transportation, plus any Anchorage hotels or complete land packages. Just give us a call at 800-208-0200, or use our easy My Trip feature to book online.

Seward Cruise Transfers