Alaska Travel Packages By Car

There isn’t a more independent way of experiencing Alaska at your own pace then to create a custom travel itinerary which includes a rental car as your means of transportation for your Alaska vacation. All of Alaska Tour & Travel’s packages can be customized to provide visitors the option of traveling via rental car instead of the Park Connection Motorcoach or the Alaska Railroad.  We sometimes call these packages  Self-drives, and have found they are a popular means of touring Alaska.  Our Self-drive’s include all the hotels, tours, car rental and any other necessities that you’ll find in our other packages.

One of the advantages of Self-Drive packages is that you can visit some off-the beaten-path Alaskan communities which are not otherwise included in travel packages.  Communities such as Homer, Cooper Landing, Valdez, as well as some great parks such as Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Kachemak Bay State Park, and even Chugach State Park will be readily accessible to explore at your own pace with a Self-drive package. 

Some visitors still want a ride on the Alaska Railroad and choose to include a rental car for only a portion of their Alaska vacation. For example, using Anchorage as your base camp you could use a rental car to visit the Kenai Peninsula towns of Seward and Homer for a few days then return your car to Anchorage before traveling by the Alaska Railroad to Denali and perhaps onward to Fairbanks.

Alaska Self-drive travel packages can be a great value and economical way of touring Alaska. Our staff has learned a few tips about how to reduce the cost of Self-drive packages further. We can arrange to rent your car from an off-airport car rental site in Anchorage which saves you from paying 11% in airport concession taxes, plus a $7 per day Consolidated Facility Fee. Also, if you are embarking or disembarking a cruise ship in Whittier and want to rent a car, you should avoid paying the one-way car rental surcharge of $125 plus taxes as well as paying the Whittier toll tunnel fee by taking the Park Connection Motorcoach to the Anchorage airport and then taking a taxi to Thrifty’s off-site rental office near the airport.

Planning a self-drive Alaska travel package is easy.  You can use our Alaska Trip Finder to select a Self-drive package, such as our Best of Alaska Tour 7460, or if you already know where you want to visit; you can build your own package on our Alaska Trip Planner.  Any of our Most Popular Tours can be converted to a Self-drive and keep in mind that you get to choose the type of car you want to rent as well.  If you want help planning, give our Alaska Travel Experts a call and let them help you plan a Self-drive travel package; our staff is very familiar with Alaska’s highways and their roadside stops, and we enjoy giving you our own insight in where to stop along the way.


  1. Chitra
    May 27th, 2009 | 6:12 pm

    Do you drive through mountains in the self-drive packages? And are the roads narrow and winding or like other highways in the mountains?

  2. Bonnie
    February 7th, 2013 | 8:10 pm

    What is the Whittier toll tunnel fee?

  3. February 8th, 2013 | 7:34 am

    $12 for a car, it goes up if you are driving larger rigs or commercial vehicles. Here is the toll schedule:

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