Anchorage - Getting Around
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the airport servicing the city of Anchorage. It is located 4 km south west of the city and can be accessed by a number of different means. If staying in downtown anchorage, find out if your hotel offers a free shuttle bus for the most convenient method of transportation. Alaska Shuttle provides door-to-door transport into downtown Anchorage and the surrounding areas for a fee of up to $22 for up to three people. Route 7A of the local bus service carries passengers between the airport terminals and the Downtown Transit Centre once every hour. Taxi ranks and car-hire firms are also located at the airport with an average taxi fare of $20 from the airport to downtown.top ↑
The public bus network People Mover provides a comprehensive route system throughout downtown and greater Anchorage. Buses must be hailed at designated stops and a one way cash fare for $1.75 or a $4 day pass, providing unlimited travel on People Mover buses, can be bought from the driver. The buses are accessible for people with mobility problems and there are also areas provided in which to store bikes.top ↑
Due to the sprawling size of Anchorage and the fantastic countryside of the surrounding area, travelling by car is the best way to get around. All major car hire companies have rental offices in Anchorage as well as at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, however it is more expensive to hire from the airport locations. Rental firms become extremely busy during the summer months so reserving ahead is highly advisable. One thing to be aware of when choosing a company is that many flights arrive into Anchorage outside of office opening hours so you may have to wait several hours before picking up your car.
Serviced by two main highways, driving in Anchorage is straightforward and traffic is never really very heavy. In winter months snow and ice can create extremely hazardous driving conditions, however all rental car companies provide the necessary safety precautions with their cars.
There are a few taxi companies serving Anchorage but the main two are Alaska Yellow Cab and Checker Cabs. Available at stands at the airport or to pre-book, all taxis in Anchorage are metered with an initial pick-up charge of $2 then for every mile, a further $2.50 is charged.top ↑
The Alaska Railroad services Anchorage and its surrounding area and is one of the best ways to see the amazing Alaskan countryside and its spectacular scenery. Daily services are provided throughout the summer months with more limited weekend trips during winter. The train must be pre-booked for travel and ticket prices vary greatly depending on the time of year, route and class of travel booked.top ↑