Whale Watching Cruise

Q: How far is Prince William Sound from Anchorage hotels? Will we be able to do a whale watching tour there?

A: To do one of the Prince William Sound day cruises the closest town to Anchorage you could do that out of would be Whittier, which is about 60 miles south of Anchorage. There are several wildlife and glacier cruises you can choose from. If you wanted to do a day cruise you could rent a car and drive, take the train, or there is van transfer from Anchorage to Whittier. The day cruises from Prince William Sound focus on glacier viewing and occasionally whales are spotted but there are no cruises specifically geared to whale watching.

Rail from Whittier, Alaska

Q: We will be arriving in Whittier on a cruise ship, Saturday, August 23rd, at 12:30 a.m. Is there a Saturday train scheduled from Whittier to Anchorage?

A: Your cruise will arrive at 12:30am, however they will not start disembarkation until later that morning. The train from Whittier to Anchorage does not leave until 6:45pm. If you want to get to Anchorage earlier we have a motorcoach that would leave directly from the cruise ship dock at 9:45am.

WIFI on Alaska Rail?

Q: Does the Wilderness train offer internet service to travelers?

A: I’m sorry but none of the train services have WIFI available on board. The train travels through some remote areas so cellular phone coverage will be sporadic as well.

McKinley Princess Lodge to Talkeetna

Q: Please advise the distance from the Princess Mt. McKinley Lodge to the actual town of Talkeetna. We really didn’t want to rent a car for one day, but Talkeetna looks like an interesting town, and didn’t want to miss it!

A: It is just under 50 miles between the McKinley Princess Lodge and the town of Talkeetna. The McKinley Princess Lodge run shuttles to and from the town of Talkeetna throughout the day. It takes approximately 45 minutes each direction and you can arrange the shuttle transfer at the front desk.

Denali Rail and Bus Tour

Q: We are planning a trip to Alaska in July. Can we ride the railway to Denali then take the tour bus from there? And if so, should we make reservations now for the day we want to go or can we just take the tour that day from entrance to park?

A: You would be able to take the train to Denali and then take a bus tour into the park however not all in one day. We recommend at least two nights in Denali – arrive by train, overnight, take a full day bus tour into the Denali National Park, overnight and then depart by bus or train the following day. I would suggest booking the train, hotel, and tour all in advance because availability is starting to become limited.

Kantishna Roadhouse Transportation

Q: Is the only way to the Kantishna Roadhouse on a bus or is there flight service?

A: The local air taxi in Kantishna is called Kantishna Air Taxi. They offer flights to and from Kantishna from the Denali Park entrance, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. If you are staying at the Kantishna Roadhouse, we recommend taking the bus to the Roadhouse and returning to the park entrance by air!

Seward to Anchorage Train

Q: What time does the morning train leave Seward for Anchorage?

A: The Alaska Railroad train leaves Seward at 6:00PM and arrives in Anchorage at 10:15PM. There is no morning train from Seward to Anchorage. The Park Connection motorcoach does offer a morning departure from Seward that arrives in Anchorage about 1:30PM.

Whittier to Seward Transportation

Q: We need to travel from Whittier to Seward after we leave our cruise ship there. Is there a bus service to Seward, and if so, what times are available?

A: There is no direct transportation service from Whittier to Seward. The only way to get to Seward after a Whittier cruise ship arrival would be to take our 9:45am Park Connection bus from Whittier to Anchorage and then that afternoon take our 3:00pm bus from Anchorage to Seward.

Anchorage Motorcoach Drop Offs

Q: I understand that the motorcoach from Denali to Anchorage goes to downtown Anchorage. Does it also continue to the airport?

A: The Park Connection motorcoach service to Anchorage does drop off at the Anchorage airport. However, downtown is always the first drop off in Anchorage. The downtown drop off location for the morning departure from Denali is the Anchorage Museum and for the afternoon departure, the motorcoach drops off at the Anchorage Egan Center before continuiing on to the airport.

Fairbanks Gold Dredge Tour

Q: Does the gold dredge tour include transportation from from Fairbanks?

A: Gold Dredge #8 does not include transportation out to the site. If you have the time I would recommend renting a car for one day, this would be the most inexpensive way to get there. You can take a taxi, however it will cost about $100.00 round trip.

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