Distance from Washington to Alaska is 5,364 kilometers. This air travel distance is equal to 3,333 miles. The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between Washington and Alaska is 5,364 km = 3,333 miles.
7 hours, 23 minutes
There are two ways to go from Washington to Alaska by sea. The first is the Alaska Marine Highway state ferry system, which departs from Bellingham, Washington , before traveling to Prince Rupert, Canada, then traveling north through Alaska’s Inside Passage, a chain of island communities in Southeast Alaska .
Sadly, there is no rail connection through Canada to Alaska , but there are plenty of amazing ways to get here. There are four main ways to reach Alaska . By flying, by cruise ship, using the state ferry system or by driving the Alaska Highway through Canada.
The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles. The stretch of water between these two islands is only about 2.5 miles wide and actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the US to Russia on this seasonal sea ice.
Sailing time: nearly 3 hours on the first leg, nearly 10 hours on the second leg.
9 hours, 45 minutes
Alaska Ferry System Costs As an example, two people traveling one-way from Bellingham , WA to Ketchikan is approx $500 (in the middle of the summer). Add a vehicle (like the VW Westfalia) and you’ll add another $500. Add a cabin for another approx $250-350.
You can sleep anywhere except the dining room, bar, main thoroughfares, and the car deck. A final note: If you’re hauling a car with you on your Alaska ferry adventure, you won’t be able to sleep there. It’s tempting, but they’re pretty serious about safety and security. I’ve seen some pretty excellent setups inside.
U.S. citizens flying between another state and Alaska do not need a passport. However, those driving through Canada or traveling on a ferry or cruise ship with stops in Canada are required to carry one. All non U.S. citizens will need a passport and possibly other documents to enter.
The Cheapest Way to Alaska — Flying remains the cheapest and by far the simplest way to get to Alaska . Take other means only for the adventure, not for the savings. Round-trip train, ferry, and bus fare between Seattle and Anchorage costs considerably more than a good airfare between the same cities.
|Route||Adventure Class Adult/Child (2-11) (VALUE PRICING)||GoldStar Service Adult/Child (2-11) (VALUE PRICING)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Talkeetna||$88/44||$208/116 (B)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Denali||$141/71||$281 /162 (B) (L)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Fairbanks||$201/101||$397/235 (B) (L) (D)|
|Talkeetna to Anchorage||$88/44||$222 /129 (D)|
Denali is definately worth it. Spend some time and get off the bus and do some hiking in Denali . Also, if you can afford it – try to go on a Mt. McKinley flight tour with a company like Talkeetna Air Taxi, or someone else.