There’s no denying that Alaska certainly lives up to its nickname as “The Last Frontier,” and there are plenty of communities that take pride in living up to that aesthetic. Whittier is a prime example of one of these communities, and the Whittier to Anchorage transfer has become a famous route for residents and visitors alike.
The Two Destinations
First, no one really needs an introduction to Anchorage. Anchorage is by far and away the largest city in Alaska with almost half of the state’s population. This is the city well over 90% of all flights into Alaska go into, with only an occasional flight bypassing Anchorage for Fairbanks in some northern airports.
Whittier, on the other hand, is a town of barely over 200 residents, almost all of whom live in one large apartment/dorm type building. This small village has an enormous number of boats that take advantage of amazing sight seeing and some of the best fishing in the world – hotels and cabins are open for tourists during summer months.
The Whittier Tunnel
The Whittier Tunnel is the second longest covered highway in the United States and is used by both automobiles and trains, which have to share the road. There are specific scheduled times when traffic is allowed to go in, and when it is allowed to flow out. This road is one way, so long waits can occur if you don’t have the Anchorage to Whittier schedule just right.
One of the most common ways to make the route is via tour bus. They line up their arrival with the tunnel being open in the right direction to make the process much easier. This is the only land route that allows people to go from Anchorage to Whittier or vice-versa. Otherwise a person needs to look at possible cruise or boat options, although there isn’t a consistent route to go that direction and it really is less practical than simply using the tunnel.
Generally the travel times are as follows:
– 1.5 hours by car
– 2 hours’ travel by bus
– 2.5 hours of travel by train
More Adventurous Options
For individuals who are a little more adventurous, there are other options for faster transportation to and from Whittier. Most of these options are only available during the warmer summer months. There is a very small airport that operates out of the small town, and generally there are 2 small planes that fly to and from the town using a gravel runway.
If you happen to know a good seaplane pilot, Whittier also has the right types of docks to allow for a water landing, or take-off site. This might be a little bit too adventurous for many people, but it is a legitimate to and fro both sides of this route.
These are the transfer options that are available for this route, and you’re not going to find a lot that goes beyond this. Whittier’s location in a truly rustic place helps to make sure of that, but as you can see you do have options.