Sailing time: nearly 3 hours on the first leg, nearly 10 hours on the second leg.
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 shortest distance (air line) between Seattle and Anchorage is 1,435.03 mi (2,309.46 km ). The shortest route between Seattle and Anchorage is 2,265.27 mi (3,645.60 km ) according to the route planner.
You can drive to Alaska from anywhere in the United States , including California. The road leading to Alaska is called the Alaska Highway or Alaska -Canada Highway (Alcan), and it officially begins in Dawson Creek, British Columbia in Canada.
Best Time of Year to Drive to Alaska If you’re worried about conditions, schedule your move for late spring or summer, when the roads are most likely to be free from ice and snow. Major roads between the mainland United States, including the Alaska Highway , are maintained during the winter.
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.
As the 49th State, U.S. residents don’t need a passport to go to Alaska , but as of October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID. REAL ID compliant identification includes a state-issued REAL ID, U.S. Passport , military ID, or other form of compliant ID.
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.
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.
Alaska is most certainly American, but it’s more than 2,000 miles away from the nearest state, Washington. Getting there with a vehicle requires either driving through Canada or taking a ferry.
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 .
Though Alaska is not a common destination, it is still part of the United States and travelers must follow US immigration regulations and laws. Upon arrival in Alaska , travelers will be required to present a valid passport and a valid ESTA or US tourist visa .
43 hours, 8 minutes
Anchorage is NOT a ferry port and there is no ferry from Bellingham or Seattle to Anchorage . The city is a deep water port used only by cruise ships and barges. Passengers travelling south by ferry can board in Skagway or Haines to travel to Juneau, and from there take the 2 day cross-gulf ferry to Whittier, Alaska.