In Anchorage, you can easily navigate the city and reach the port in Whittier through various transportation options. From taxis and car rental to shuttle services, you have convenient choices to get to and from the port.
Anchorage | Whittier Port Transportation
To depart from Whittier, coming in via air is the best option for most travelers.
Besides the sea, there is only one way in and one way out of Whittier. It is by way of the Portage Glacier Highway and the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, a one-lane, shared tunnel with both rail and vehicles. The surface of the tunnel is one which allows both cars to drive on and trains to ride on. The tunnel runs on a schedule to allow for traffic to flow between Whittier at one end and Bear Valley at the other. Here's an example of the schedule:
10:00am - 10:15am : traffic flows from Whittier to Bear Valley
10:15am - 10:30am : open to allow for trains
10:30am - 10:45am: traffic flows from Bear Valley to Whittier
10:45am - 11:00am: open to allow for trains
So, if you missed one opening, you'll have to wait in a staging area for an hour before you will be able to cross through. It takes approximately 6 minutes at 25mph to travel through the 2.5 mile long tunnel. There are many safety measures for those travelling through the tunnel, including the assurance that there will never be a train and vehicle in the tunnel at the same time. There are also fire-proof tunnel safehouses for travelers to go in the event of emergency. There is a toll for using the tunnel but the fee charged is good for the round-trip. Click here for the most up-to-date toll information.
Car Rental in Whittier
If you want to experience the drive yourself, Avis is the only rental car company in Whittier. If you're wanting to rent in Anchorage, check out RentalCars.com for the best prices.
Train to Whittier
If you wish to take the train, the Alaska Railroad travels daily between Anchorage and Whittier. The base cost for train fare is $94 per person and the ride takes just over 2 hours.
Are you ending your cruise in Whittier and flying home from Anchorage? Don't let the fun end when you step off the ship! Instead of just taking a transfer straight back, one of the most popular ways is the Half Day Tour from Anchorage to Whittier. The bus will pick you up at the Whittier cruise port includes photo stops at Beluga Point and Portage Glacier and more than an hour stop at the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center for a guided tour, and time to explore on your own.