How to Reach Anchorage


  • By Air: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (IATA:ANC) (ICAO:PANC) is people’s favourite way of getting in. Flights come in year round from major cities such as Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Honolulu. Take Bus Route 7A into and out of the airport, not Route 7.
  • By Car: The Alaska Highway starts from British Columbia and reaches to Fairbanks, connecting USA to Alaska via Canada; so yeah, drive to Anchorage by car.
  • By Train: The Alaska railroad is famous for the trips it offers out of Anchorage to Seward, Whittier and Fairbanks.


The various areas of Anchorage are: Downtown (most touristy), Midtown (commercial area), South (suburbia), West (Bootleggers Cove and Earthquake Park), Spenard (the seedy red light distric), East (schools and hospitals), Hillside (residential, but with Chugach State Park and Flattop Mountain to the north); and Eagle River, Chugiak, Peters Creek, Bird, Indian, Girdwood (the last six are tourist stay friendly).

  • By Bicycle: This is an uber popular activity around the city, which has many, many famous trails to offer.
  • By Bus: PeopleMover (USD 1.75 for a fare, or USD 4 for and all day pass).
  • By Car: This is the best way to get around. The metropolitan area is HUGE and not much is walk-able (except for Downtown Anchorage). You can rent a car from the Airport terminal, mid-town and down-town. You can rent practically anytime except between 2 am-6 am, from one of the many car agencies.