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.

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.

Alaska Park Connection Destinations

Q: Does the Park Connection go to Wasilla?

A: The Park Connection motorcoach service does not have any drop off or pick ups in the Wasilla area. We offer transportation to Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali, Seward and Whittier.

Seward Train to Anchorage

Q: We are arriving in Seward by cruise ship. How long does the train take from Seward to Anchorage?

A: The train from Seward to Anchorage takes 4 hours and departs Seward at 6:00pm. Passengers generally disembark the ship between 7:30am and 9:30am. There are a number of Seward day tours you could do during the day before boarding the train to Anchorage. If you prefer to leave Seward earlier in the day the Park Connection motorcoach departs from Seward at 10:30am and arrives in Anchorage at 1:30pm. If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise the Park Connection departs from the cruise ship dock at 9:45am and arrives into Anchorage at 12:30pm. The motorcoach drops off at the airport or the Anchorage Museum downtown.

Alaska Railroad Lap Riders

Q: Is a one year old who will be a lap rider charged the same price ticket for a train ride from Anchorage to Seward as a child, or is the one year old discounted?

A: A child rate is for anyone that is 11 years old and younger. Adults rates would be for anyone 12 years and older. However, if you intend to keep a child under the age of 2 on your lap there would be no fee for them on the Alaska Railroad. The Park Connection does charge for children under 2 because they are required to have their own seat in a car seat.

Alaska Bus Travel Pricing

Q: Are the prices we see listed for bus travel one way or round trip?

A: The prices listed for motorcoach travel with Alaska Tour & Travel are all one way fares. We do however have a roundtrip special between Anchorage and Seward if you go there and back in the same day.

Seward to Anchorage Transportation

Q: I plan on taking the Alaska railroad from Anchorage to Seward. Is there a bus or train that will take me back to Anchorage the next day?

A: I would recommend taking a bus back to Anchorage as it follows a different route than the train for a portion of the trip. This will allow you to see the most scenery. The Park Connection Motorcoach departs twice daily from Seward, once at 10:30am and once at 6:30pm. The train runs back to Anchorage once per day at 6:00pm.

Seward to Whittier Transportation

Q: Is there any kind of transportation from Seward to Whittier?

A: There is no direct transportation from Seward to Whittier either by train or motorcoach. You could try renting a car in Seward with Hertz but I am not sure that they would allow you to drop off the car in Whittier. Your best option would be to take the Park Connection bus to Anchorage and then rent a car from Avis which does allow drop off in Whittier. Good luck!

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