Taxi outside the airport
We haven't take the taxi here, we have a car. I see the taxi in Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport is orange color.
They're line up waiting for passengers. When I look at it, they are all from the same company Checker cab
We have been to in the states several times, we never took any taxi from the airport. No idea how much the fare might be, but in that case I'm glad that taxis are available outside, such as in any airport worldwide. I've checked price to their website, it is really not expensive of a short ride only
Hire a Bicycle
Other options how explore the city at your own tempo. Although we never used the bikes but I think is also one of the easiest way to go around. The city is flat so biking is easy I think. I also did not expected to see bike rentals in the city
There are enough bike rentals in the city, you have to choose which best for you. This bike shop I check the price is $10 for an hour. I don't have the idea if fair enough for ten dollar an hour. I haven't look the others, so before decide to rent a bike, check the price of the other shop
Train Station.... Anchorage
We have luckily a car during this trip and we haven't use of this train. I was curious about their train station it seems nice outside.
I went inside and have a look. There was nobody and very quiet, the only person I've see is the sales guy from the gift shop
The ticket counter is nice, and unique, just what I'm expected. Inside there is no screen for timetables, I think is not necessary. As there is only one of two trains per day. The interior is very simple. They have at least a giftshop inside
There wasn't much to it, although in all fairness I should point out that this image only shows half of the lobby. I talk to a sales guy from the giftshop, he's Filipino, we do speak the same language Cebuano.
I ask him why is so quiet, he said the train has already left. There is only a few trains in a day except in peak season. I walk back outside. If you walked up here, you'll have to take the stairs uphill. The station building lies below the city center
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Parking lot downtown Anchorage
If you decided driving to one of this parking lot this will be cheaper than in garage. In this parking you can park 3$ 4 hour but this quite a long walk to the center
During our roamed around I've seen some parking lots in the center, prices are hang outside. If you know your way around the city.
But in the tourist areas like 4th street I haven't seen parking lot. That's why we drove to a garage to shortened the walk. Fines are quite expensive if you exceed time in this parking . The penalty is $30 be sure to get back on time before your parking ticket exceed
Parking Garage Downtown Anchorage
We drove to 5th Avenue Mall via the 4th level skybridge. If you have a car in Anchorage this would not easy to park anywhere without paying. Downtown Anchorage is a hell to find a free parking and I don't know if this exist free parking
We are on our last day in the city, and we're doing some shoppings and sightseeing. Having a car is easy if you don't want to walk. But you can't park everywhere
There are plenty of parkings outside but nothing is free. As were on our way to the malls we drove to a garage parking. It wasn't very cheap but at least you ease to leave your car here and secure. In this garage is $1 an hour, we decided to leave our car here for whole day and explored the neighborhood on foot
Gadget Machine Inside the Airport
I put this tip under transportation, so travelers can see it when searching under transportation in Anchorage. I wasn't expected to see a gadget vending machine. While wandering around I've found this machine right at the gates.
Very useful indeed for traveler, which, if one need a sim card or phone during their stay in Alaska, can purchase in this machine. The machine accepts credit card. If you need some charger for you phone, you can do it here too. This I've seen almost every airport. This is like standard in everywhere
Handy to find this machine inside the airport, I haven't bought anything, I've found this machine the day we leave. I also have noticed some machine at the arrival areas, but I wasn't really pay attention of it. Now I know that this is exists, I would find it next time
We did not fly all the way from Belgium with this airplane. We flown with British Airways from Brussels via London Heathrow to Seattle. Booking the air ticket almost 8 months in advance, due to a cheaper tariff, we know there will be some consequences: like flight changes, because this was not the first time we book a plane ticket so far in advance
After several months, we already received some changes in our flight in Seattle, which was not doable for us. There was a time that we made some phone calls in Brussels at BA office to change the connection time from Seattle to Anchorage.
Luckily we could able to choose another flight from Seattle to Anchorage without extra charges. Flying with two different carriers, British Aiways and Alaska Airlines we're not able to get our boarding pass all the way to our final destinantion during checked in Brussels
We have a 5 hour layover in Heathrow London which was too long. If you book a cheap flight this can sometimes comprise as part of a whole journey. On our return flight there was no long layover in between. We have two hour time to change our flight at the airport which was ideal time
Flying with Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Anchorage and return, we have a good service at check-in counter. The staff at the counter were so helpful and very friendly. Even though this was our first time flying with Alaska Air, we're very satisfied with the services
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Anchorage International Airport is called Ted Stevens International Airport. The airport is located southwest of the city of Anchorage and is named after a famous senator from Alaska
The airport has two passenger terminals that are connected by free shuttle buses. Terminal South is for domestic flights, North terminal for international flights.
In addition to transporting travelers, the airport is especially an important link in the international freight. It is one of the busiest cargo airports
Is not a huge airport compared to other US airports. Is an easy walking inside terminal which was clearly sign on where you were heading. I noticed it wasn't a very busy airport. We arrived late in the evening and have return flight in the morning.
In times we're in the airport wasn't busy. Checked-in goes very fast, and didn't wait too long our luggage from carousel
Arrival and departure terminals are in the same buildings. I remember for arrival we have to go down to an escalator. Going to departure hall, we have to get escalator going up for checked-in.
I like the view where the escalator area, it looks modern. Walking through the terminal, you feel really like you're in the frontier. Wildlife decorations are overall, the view you'll see around is exactly what you see during your trip in the country. It's a different feeling while your inside in terminal building. A small airport and compact
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Rental Car Offices Inside the Airport
Before this trip we have everything arranged at home especially the car, we know this is very important in this trip. We visited Alaska in month May.
Before we made any car booking I have read too many informations about car renting in Alaska. Some say, that is expensive to rent at the airport. This all NOT TRUE!
We have checked earlier which is cheaper to rent a car, in the center or in the airport. We've tried filling out the form but quoted that airport is cheaper to rent than in the center
We have a late arrival in Anchorage, it was after 8pm. We have our hotel booked near the airport. We booked a room with free parking
After a few minutes of waited our luggage from carousel, we head to car rental office. It is clearly stated inside the airport, we followed sign. Is quite a walk from arrival terminal, but you'll get there after taking escalator going down
We're lucky it wasn't busy. We hire a car from Alamo via Expedia. Is cheaper to book a car via agency than direct to Alamo website
The car rental offices inside the terminal in Anchorage is almost to the exit. In the areas you find all car rentals inside Anchorage airport. From the office, once you're ready with documents and get your car key, you'll directly to exit door. All car rentals are parker under a garage, is so easy
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Rent a car and get out there and explore
I pre-arranged my car rental from home before my arrival. I really don't care what company I use regarding rentals as long as it's convenient and I get the best rate possible. Because I have no loyalty when it comes to rental, I use one of the many search engines on line. I've used Orbitz, Priceline and the likes. I secured my car rental for less than $25 a day which I picked up at the airport.
Anchorge Rental Car pick up is one of the easiest airport pick ups I have done. The car rentals are all located inside the airport which is convenient, no need to wait for a shuttle to take you off site. Once you've picked up your luggage (if you checked bags), make your way down to the lower level and follow the signs. After you're given the keys, make your way back upstairs and follow the signs to your rental car company's parking area.
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Anchorage Airport (ANC)
Anchorage airport is one of the nicer airports that I have flown into. The first time I flew into Anchroage was on my way to Thailand over 7 years ago and I believe they started removations in 2006. The airport is very clean, modern and efficient. Native and Alaskan art work can be found throughout the airport.
Arrival on domestic flights are at the South Terminal and there is a variety of shops and places to eat. I found that Anchorage is quite easy (on domestic flights) to navigate either upon arrival or departure. The security lines were quite short and moved quickly.
I flew American Airlines into Anchorage, which has limited flights daily, but it's my airline of choice. The car rental is located within the airport downstairs through a long corridor. I found this to bite very convenient is there is no need to leave the airport to catch a shuttle to the rental company.
For more information on the airport and its services, check out their official website.
- Hiking and Walking
The Alaska Railroad for tourists is more about getting to see a different view of the sites rather than efficient public transportation; I don't think there's any route that you would be better off taking the train over driving if time was a concern. We took the train because we love trains and wanted to see the sites from the railroad.
We took the Anchorage to Seward ride, which can be done as a quick day trip, or a multi-day trip as we did. The only thing I seriously disliked about this ride was the 6:45am departure that requires you to arrive an HOUR before boarding. Ugh! That said, it was still worth it.
For the daytrippers, this early morning departure allows you the most time at your destination and allows for some of the shorter cruise tours from Whittier and Seward.
We went with the Gold Star Class; probably not worth it for everyone, but I don't like fighting crowds for anything, so having our own dedicated dining car and seating for the whole ride in a glass-domed car was worth it to me. The Adventure Class car has limited access to a public glass-domed car (I think you're only allowed in there for 20 minutes at a time - not sure how they police that), and the dining car has to serve a larger group of people, so they may resort to "festival style seating" (my tolerance for eating with strangers typically depends on whether or not it was my choice)).
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Be advised that your #1 Gold status means pretty much nothing here. Ultimately, I got a great car out of the deal that I reserved , but not without a TON of hassle.
The rental counters close in the wee hours, so if your flight is late, you might have to take a cab and then come back in the morning - this is what happened to me (see "Don't Fly United") when I arrived at 3am.
In addition to not being full-service, Hertz got real scheister-like about my rate, which I reserved about 10 months in advance, because they had since hiked the rates threefold. This was happening when I called the national number though, when I finally called the Anchorage location, they had my booked rate and assured me there would be no problems.
Now because I was #1 Gold, they had already checked me in for my arrival and when I didn't show up before closing time, they cancelled my reservation - I was assured that it was good for 24 hours, and it WAS, but not without more hassle.
There was only one girl at the counter when I arrived (by hotel shuttle) and she had to manually add everything in as if I was a walk-up and then over-ride the rate with my reserved rate. For some reason she, as a Hertz employee, was unable to look up my #1 Gold number, so I had to do that for her through my phone.
While this was all going on, there was a whiny and impatient group forming behind me and loudly commenting about how long all of this was taking (I know there was someone in the back room because I heard the girl at the counter talking to them when she went back there), so that just added to my frustration.
Ultimately, I wound up paying less than $500 for 10 days with a Jeep Patriot, when I reserved a full-size sedan. Not too shabby, but it would have been nice if I didn't have to work so hard for it.
A note on returning: it's weird. There's no one there and the signage is NOT clear - basically, you just drive your car into the packed lanes of other returned cars and leave it there and then tell the rental counter people where you left it when you get inside.
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Don't Fly United!!
I am fairly loyal to United, so I planned a trip to Alaska using my miles. Long story short, we arrived in Anchorage exactly 24 hours after our friend dropped us off at the Philadelphia airport (at that rate, we could have flown to Sydney...). When I told the story of our troublesome travel day to any Alaskan, they all reacted in with a knowing shaking of their heads upon learning that we flew United. They all recommended Alaska Air. I looked up the prices, they are definitely a little more expensive (along the lines of Virgin Air prices), but if they get you there on time and you don't miss anything you scheduled for your trip then it's worth it.
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I've lived in Alaska for 33 years and didn't realize the train ran in the winter. Went on line and sure enough - they be running. Weekends only.
I've made the run in the summer, both north to Fairbanks and south to Seward. Very pleasant trips and a great way to sit back and enjor the scenery without worrying about hitting a moose or a patch of ice while driving.
The railroad has upgraded their cars in the past 10 years or so, as cruising gets more popular in Alaska. Very nice.