How to travel through Alaska is a difficult decision. Should you travel by rail, by bus or by rental car? Taking a train allows you to travel in style. You can get up, walk around and have a meal in route. On the motorcoach you travel faster for less money and the bus can stop for photos along the way. We think that we have the perfect solution! Alaska Tour & Travel recommends traveling one way by rail and the other by motorcoach. This solution offers many benefits which include cost savings, time savings and getting to see the most diverse Alaskan scenery!
For example, if you would like to visit Denali for the wildlife, Talkeetna for views of Mt. McKinley and Seward for glaciers we recommend the following itinerary. Travel by rail from Anchorage to Denali, spend two nights and take a tour into Denali National Park. Then travel by Park Connection Motorcoach to Talkeetna, spend one night and enjoy a flightseeing trip around Mt. McKinley. The next day travel once again by motorcoach from Talkeetna to Seward, spend two nights and travel on a day cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park to see glaciers and hopefully catch sight of a whale. Then return to Anchorage by rail. This loop allows you to experience the benefits of both modes of transportation and you get to enjoy the scenery on both the railway and the road routes. Our packages can be customized however you would like them so you are free to use only motorcoach service or only rail service if that is what you prefer.
When would a rental car be the best option? The downside of having a car is that the driver has to focus on the road and doesn’t get to take in all of the scenery along the way but there are times when a car is the best option. If you have a larger group (four to six adults) the cost savings when renting a car is significant and you can share the driving duties. Also, if you plan to visit parts of Alaska that are not serviced by the railroad or motorcoach you would need to rent a car. A car also lets you set your own schedule and offers the greatest flexibility regarding your itinerary.
We even have clients that choose to combine transportation by rail, motorcoach, and by car rental! If you are planning a trip to Alaska, give us a call and let us know what you would like to do and we will give you our recommendation for your best transportation options! Ultimately, we like to do a combination of transportation modes because it offers the best of all worlds.