Traveling to Alaska is a dream for many people from around the world and in the continental United States. A popular way to see notable parts of Alaska is on the water. The adventurous travelers make their way to Anchorage airport and take a shuttle off to Seward.
The Seward cruise terminal is 125 miles away from the Anchorage airport, hotels, and other attractions, and runs just approximately two-and-one-half hours by way of a bus. That is not how every adventurer who makes it to Alaska wants to spend their time.
Many take to the railways or the train for a leisurely jaunt that occupies a whole 6 hours. The train does not make any stops along the way, but is considered a trip all of its own and is just one leg of the journey people look forward to making. Whether you are more pressed for time or know that exhaustion will have set in by the time you are returning from your cruise, you may want to skip the train in favor of the bus route.
For those who are just starting out on their journey, the train is an excellent way to get into a slower vacation mindset. If taking in views and relaxing sights are what this trip of a lifetime is about for you, then the rail might be your best bet.
Consider taking a car the full way both ways too. This runs about as long as the bus trip. A note here on times. There are different estimates that the train takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours, so plan accordingly and allow for 6 hours. The same is true for the bus. It might occupy up to 3 hours.
The drive is in itself very beautiful and allows you to stop to take photos if you would like. This appeals to families as well as nature lovers who want to take it all in at their own pace.
Many people who are into making the outdoor trip all that and more decide to rent an RV to get around so that they can camp and prepare their own meals. Taking to the water for a tour of the fjords and glaciers makes the trip all the way out to Seward well worth it.
It is important to note the different costs for all of these different modes of transportation. If you will be renting an RV, you have to compare its costs against that of hotels, restaurants, gas, car rentals, and anything else that you are getting in one of these all-in-one deals, an RV.
The train leaves Anchorage daily at 6:45 and costs in the $150 to $300-range. The bus heads out at 7:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 3 pm daily. It is approximately $90 per round trip, or $55 to $60 one way. The railroad is special for its historic feel and the views.
Seward is worth the visit. Whether you will be sticking around town or doing more exploring, there are many different transportation and rooming options.