Alaska Railroad train turning around a bend on its way to Seward.

Anchorage to Seward Transportation

No matter which way you travel to Seward, beautiful scenery awaits.

Travel between Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, and Denali on the Park Connection.

Anchorage to Seward Transportation

No matter which way you travel to Seward, beautiful scenery awaits.

Alaska Railroad train turns around the bend on its way to Seward.

Anchorage to Seward Transportation

No matter which way you travel to Seward, beautiful scenery awaits.

How to get from Anchorage to Seward

There are many reasons why the trip from Anchorage to Seward is so popular with summer visitors. Seward is a fantastic destination for an overnight stay or even just a day trip from Anchorage. It is also the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, and most of the major cruise lines use the city as their "turnaround" port on their one-way cruises from Vancouver. Fortunately, there are several great options to get from Anchorage to Seward.

4.5 hours by train | 3 hours by bus | 2.5 hours by car

Feel free to keep reading for additional details or try our Train & Bus Express Checkout.

Ride the Train

Many Alaskans agree that the train trip from Anchorage to Seward is the most scenic in the state. The Alaska Railroad's Coastal Classic train departs at 6:45 AM and travels along the Turnagain Arm before heading up into the Kenai Mountains past Spencer Glacier and through the aptly named Grandview Valley. The trip takes just over four hours, so you should arrive in Seward around 11:05 AM. You can choose from either Adventure Class or GoldStar Dome services.

Take the Bus

The Park Connection Motorcoach has two convenient trips a day to Seward. The morning trip departs Anchorage at 7:00 AM and arrives in Seward at about 9:45 AM. This makes it a perfect choice for catching a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise, including the popular 10:00 AM departure that stops at Fox Island. There is also a 3:00 PM Anchorage departure that gets in around 5:45 PM, a great option for cruise passengers as we can drop them off right at their ship.

Drive Yourself

It is a scenic 120-mile drive to Seward from Anchorage, with a few fun stops along the way that can include Summit Lake, Portage Glacier, and Girdwood. If you are looking to drop off your car in Seward, try Hertz. Alternatively, check out this unique offer on our Seward rental car page.

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Departing Seward by Cruise Ship

While it is possible to fly into Anchorage and take the bus to Seward on the day your cruise departs, we encourage you at a minimum to spend a night or two in Anchorage or Seward before you sail. Whether you have two, five, or seven nights before your cruise, we can help you plan a great pre-cruise tour. Try this search on our Trip Finder for vacation packages that end in Seward.

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Anchorage to Seward Transportation