2 1/2 hours
It takes just over an hour by car or bus to reach Whittier , including a two mile trip through a mountain tunnel. The tunnel is a single lane, with vehicle traffic alternating between each direction every half hour. The train takes a little longer to make the trip, just under two hours.
about 60 miles
Cruise ships do not dock in Anchorage . It’s either Whittier or Seward.
Whittier Tunnel Tickets start at $13. All tickets are round trip. Check out the tunnels fees for different sized vehicles.
Anchorage is safe enough for women traveling alone. However, do not forget about common sense. It is not recommended to stay on the streets late at night alone, and dysfunctional areas should also be avoided. Otherwise, there will be no problems for women in this city during the trip.
Most cruises dock at either the port at Whittier or Seward as the nearest gateway to Anchorage and bus or train their passengers to the city from those ports (which are about two hours away).
The tunnel is open from 5:30 a.m. until 11:15 p.m. during the summer months. In the winter the tunnel is open Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 8:40 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Our Whittier to Anchorage Narrated Direct Bus Transfer 1.5-2 hour shuttle option is the best alternative to get from your cruise ship in Whittier to Anchorage airport , car rental, or hotel. Whittier to Anchorage shuttle takes you thru the longest tunnel in North America to Anchorage on the most scenic highway.
AirNav: PAWR – Whittier Airport .
Alaskan cruise season is May through September with July and August being the highest season attracting the most travelers. Convention holds that the best months to cruise Alaska are July and August when the temperatures are at their highest and the weather is generally sunnier.
Typically, this is a round-trip cruise from Seattle or Vancouver , then back to the same port, with stops at three or four port towns, such as Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and either Sitka, Haines, or Victoria, B.C. These 7-day cruises usually spend a day in Glacier Bay or another glacier area, and two days at sea.
About The Port Port of Alaska is a Municipality of Anchorage owned facility that serves all our state and nation. It is Alaska’s most versatile port that handled 4.3 million tons of fuel and freight in 2019, including containers, liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk . . . and cruise ships too.