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Fairbanks to Anchorage Transportation Options

Q: I will be working in Fairbanks next summer and want to visit family in Anchorage for a weekend. Is that possible?

A: If just visiting Anchorage for a weekend I would recommend flying from Fairbanks. The flight is about an hour. Driving time between Fairbanks and Anchorage ranges from 6 to 8 hours depending on traffic and construction. The train [1] travels between Fairbanks and Anchorage daily during the summer months however, it departs Fairbanks at 8:15 AM and has a duration of 12 hour so may not be practical for a weekend visit. You could travel by train one way and air the other.