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.

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.

Getting Around Seward

Q: Can you get around Seward without a car?

A: From one end of Seward to the other it is about a mile. You can certainly walk around with no problems. If you are staying at the Seward Windsong Lodge they have curtsey shuttles that run a loop around town.

Road to Exit Glacier

Q: Is the road to Exit Glacier open yet for travel so that we can hike up to the glacier?

A: The road to Exit Glacier is currently closed for cars until May 25th. The Park Service does not maintain the road in the winter months(snow plowing) so it is difficult to get there by car. Depending on the snow fall for the season the road may be open but the trail may still be covered in snow making for a difficult hike. Please Visit Kenai Fjords National Park site on Exit Glacier as well as a company that provides snow coaches to the glacier as a tour.

Seward Rail

Q: What time does the train from Seward arrive in Anchorage? Can we make a 12:30am flight out of Anchorage?

A: The Seward train arrives at the Anchorage Depot around 10:15pm. If you are booked on a 12:30am flight, you will have enough time to make it to the airport but it is certainly going to be a tight connection. There will be taxis at the depot waiting to transport passengers to their final destination. It takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the Anchorage airport. If you are not comfortable with that connection I would recommend taking the Park Connection Motorcoach from Seward. This bus arrives in Anchorage about 9:30pm and would drop you off directly at the airport.

Denali to Seward Transportation Options

Q: Can I take the train from Denali to Seward?

A: You could take the train from Denali to Seward but it would require that you overnight in Anchorage. There is only one train daily in each direction. The train from Denali arrives in Anchorage at 8:15pm and the train to Seward departs Anchorage at 6:45am. The Park Connection Motorcoach offers transportation from Denali to Seward in one day.

Seward Glacier Cruise

Q: We are going on a 7-day cruise out of Seward. Is it possible to take the train from Anchorage to Seward, take a 6 hour glacier cruise and get to our cruise ship on time?

A: Yes, this is a popular day trip for cruise passengers. The train does get you to Seward in time to take the 11:30 cruise. Let us know your plans when you make your reservation and Major Marine Tours will meet you at the rail depot. They will store your luggage during the day cruise and afterwards, Major Marine tours will shuttle you and your luggage to the cruise ship terminal for boarding.

Driving Time to Seward Alaska

Q: How many hours does it take to drive from Anchorage to Seward?

A: It is about a 2 1/4 hour drive from Anchorage to Seward. During the summer, expect some road construction somewhere along the Seward Highway to slow down the drive. To be safe, plan on at least 2 1/2 – 3 hours. It’s a beautiful drive, you will enjoy it!

Transportation Options between Whittier and Seward

Q: We are arriving by ferry in Whittier at 9:30 am on a Thursday. We would like to go directly to Seward. Are there bus or train connections?

A: Unfortunately, there is not public transportation service between Whittier and Seward. You can rent a car through Avis in Whittier and drive to Seward, however you would not be able to return the car in Seward. You would need to return the car in Whittier or Anchorage. The only other transportation out of Whittier available on Thursdays is the Alaska Railroad. The train does not leave Whittier for Anchorage until 6:45pm

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