Alaska Railroad train turns the bend.

Seward to Anchorage Transportation

Head north on a route to Anchorage that's often described as the most beautiful in Alaska.

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

Seward to Anchorage Transportation

Head north on a route to Anchorage that's often described as the most beautiful in Alaska.

Park Connection picks up from the Seward Windsong Lodge.

Seward to Anchorage Transportation

Head north on a route to Anchorage that's often described as the most beautiful in Alaska.

Photo taken on the Alaska Railroad between Anchorage to Seward.

Seward to Anchorage Transportation

Head north on a route to Anchorage that's often described as the most beautiful in Alaska.

How to get from Seward to Anchorage

Regardless of how you travel, the scenery on the trip from Seward to Anchorage is spectacular, and a favorite of visitors and locals alike. The Seward Highway that follows this route is a National Scenic Byway, and the trip by train on the Coastal Classic is considered by many to be the most scenic train ride in Alaska.

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

Keeping reading for more details, including suggestions for travelers arriving on cruises from Vancouver to Seward. If you are ready to book the Park Connection Motorcoach or Alaska Railroad tickets online now, use this link for our convenient Train & Bus Express Checkout.

Take the Bus

The Park Connection Motorcoach offers two departures daily, 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM, in addition to a 9:45 AM departure from the cruise dock on most ship days. All three options generally take three hours or less to reach Anchorage. Same-day connecting service is available from Seward to Talkeetna or Denali as well.

Ride the Train

The Alaska Railroad offers service from Seward to Anchorage on their Costal Class train, departing daily at 6:00 PM and arriving in Anchorage at approximately 10:15 PM. Adventure Class and GoldStar Dome service is available.

Drive Yourself

Anchorage is about 125 miles from Seward, so plan on around two and a half hours of actual driving. The drive is quite scenic, and there are several great stops along the way, including Portage Glacier and Girdwood. If you need to pick up a rental car in Seward, Hertz has many options. Also, see the special on our Seward Rental Car page. When you book with Alaska Tour & Travel, you can ride the Park Connection Motorcoach for free from Seward to Anchorage, and pick up a premium 4x4 car rental with drop off options in both Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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Arriving to Seward by Cruise Ship

Here are a few additional tips for travelers arriving in Seward on a cruise from Vancouver. The Park Connection Motorcoach offers a direct pickup at the cruise ship dock on most ship days. See our cruise transportation page, or Seward to Anchorage cruise transfer page, for schedule, rates, and availability. Although some cruise lines offer special cruise departures in the morning, the Alaska Railroad's scheduled Coastal Classic train service does not depart Seward for Anchorage until 6 PM. If you are overnighting in Anchorage, this provides an excellent opportunity to spend the day exploring Seward, or even take a Kenai Fjords cruise before heading north. We can handle all the arrangements, including luggage storage and transfers. Whether you just have a day or two, or an entire week available following your cruise, we highly encourage you to see the land side of Alaska in a post-cruise tour.

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Seward to Anchorage Transportation