Transit center has no accessible toilet facilities. Fecal matter is tracked onto bus floors contaminating groceries. Union employees arrogantly deny use of toilets, leading to diseases. Transportation management is supportive of this taxpayer abuse. I have video.
Warning: Beware traveling with this very small outfit. Valerie's phone skills leave much to be desired, but they're the only horse and buggy outfit besides Holland America running from Fairbanks to Dawson City, Yukon. She's well versed on the actual "tour," but what knowledge she shared was denegraded by her husband who does the second leg of the trip from Chicken to Dawson.
This man is so old, I was afraid of driving off the Top Of The World Hwy. He snapped at me, a 46 year old twice, and told me to "bring my own electricity" when my phone/camera ran out instead of using one of two plug-ins inside the van. Then he rolled my bag off the back of the passenger van upon my destination, and drove off with $75 of belongings, plus my perscription glasses, that he had to return to me the next morning.
He criticized me for crossing my legs during the journey in my seat, and walking inside the van with dirt from Chicken on my boots. When I called her to get the stuff back, she hung up on me because she did not want to defend his actions.
It was so stressfull, it ruined the exhileration of arriving beautiful Dawson City, which I'd been anticipating for several years.
Fairbanks while not large in population is quite spread out. Public Transportation is inconvenient,and taxis are rare and would be expensive due to the distances. For sightseeing on our own for a day in Fairbanks, our hotel recommended Arctic Rent-A-Car. They rent cars for $38.50/day plus gas (Aug. 2005) and they picked us up at the hotel and we could leave the car there when we were finished, making it very convenient. With the car, we could travel from the UAF Museum to downtown, to Pioneer Village, to our hotel, and out to dinner conveniently.
Another car rental counter at the Fairbanks airport is provided by Payless car rental. All of these rental counters are located near the Baggage area of the airport, so you do not need to travel far with your luggage. The hours for this agency are 6:30am to 1:00am everyday and they also have an after hours drop-box.
Budget has a rental counter at the airport, too, and their hours are 6:30am to 1:30am every day. They also have a drop box and rentals are based on a 24 hour period, so penalties may vary for dropping off after hours, depending on when you 1st picked up the car
Alamo and National Car Rental have a shared rental office at the airport here in Fairbanks. Their hours are 6:30am to 2:00am every day...so they are open late!!! There is also an after hours drop-box, but there may be a late fee depending on whatever your rental agreement states.
Cars and stuff add richly to the Fairbanks atmosphere.
Do your part:
~whilst in Fairbanks, live as far out of town as you can...preferably on a tall, tall hill
~make sure and purchase/rent the biggest, most fuel-inefficient Sports Utility Vehicle or large truck as possible
(don't forget those tax write-offs for brand new SUV's!!)
~drive it all over the place: don't bother consolidating errands
~leave it running while you shop or eat or otherwise stuff your empty spaces
~ignore free (though admittedly limited) bus service offered by the city during winter months; 'specially during lasting atmospheric inversions
~never ever fill your vehicle to passenger capacity
~never EVER carpool
Fairbanks International Airport is located about 2 1/2 miles southwest of the city and is served by the following major Airlines:
In addition there are numerous local and regional air carriers which take passengers and cargo to the many remote Alaskan villages which can only be reached, on a practical basis, by air. Because most of Alaska is roadless, the state has approximately six times as many pilots per capita and 14 times as many aircraft per capita as the rest of the United States.
Most major automobile rental agencies can be found in the terminal. Also taxi, public bus, and shuttle transportation can be found to take you between the airport and the city.
First time at uAF, I was amazed that a bus takes students from buildning to another. When distances are pretty small, it was so incredible for me. I kept wondering why these people does not walk at all? But that is not a deal here, what is convinient is best. And yes, I like shuttles too.
I don't see any point to travel by bus around main campus, but it is nice to travel free to downtown when I have classes there.
Mostly these fares are for students and that is why they take you from another part of campus to others. But if you are a tourist in Fairbanks, these shuttles take you nicely from downtown to UAF museum fro example. Plus they are nice way to see more UAF and town. And did I mention, free of course.
Check more from UAF home pages:
Public transportation is very lousy at Alaska and Fairbanks is a one good example of it. City Borough runs bus system, which is ok, but busses stop transportationm as early as 7p.m. and on Sundays there is no traffic at all.
But I should not complain, because there are still busses and in freezing winter, they are free, yes, free.
Red takes you from UAF to Downtown via College Road.
Blue from UAF to Eastbound via Airport Way.
Green is from North Pole to Transit Park in Downtown.
Yellow goes to Airport and Purple outside of town.
You can check timetables from here:
We rented a car to take us around the city and into the country of this vast land. As we got off the airplane and into the airport, there are car rental setup right outside the doors, we went with Hertz car-rental.
The quickest way to get to Fairbanks is to FLY here! Delta and Alaska Airlines are the only 2 major airlines to fly here from 'Outside' (as we call it) most of the year. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (approximately) Northwest Airlines also flies in and out of Fairbanks.
HOWEVER! the best way to experience our distance from the rest of the U.S. is to DRIVE here - at least part of the way! Ferry from Seattle area (or B.C., Canada) will let you see the 'Panhandle' of Alaska, also known as Southeast Alaska. You can drive from Haines to Fairbanks - a LONG day, but best broken into 2 days if you're going to ENJOY this part of your trip. The Alcan (Alaska Highway) is mostly paved, mostly being the part that's presently under construction or improvement. There's always something that needs fixing on a road that long through the 'wilderness. Check with 'The Milepost' for the best, most complete information around. There are other guidebooks whose names escape me at the moment.
If you fly here and can afford it, rent a car. Distances in and around Fairbanks make this the best transportation. If you're fit, bring a bike, or you can rent one from 'Beaver Sports' or 'All Weather Sports'. There is borough bus service, presently free during the winter. A day pass is $3.00 and covers a lot of territory. There is a good network of bike trails, wide shoulders on the roads, and graded crossings at intersections that make bikes and inline skates a feasible way to get around town. Out of town you'll need a vehicle. Cabs are outrageous for any distance. Don't even go there! Walking, if you have time and good shoes, is of course always a good way to get around.
Fly or drive...most flights get into F'banks pretty late in the evening. Or fly into Anchorage and spend a few days driving up the Parks Hwy.
The Alaska Railroad also runs to F'banks.
A car is necessary to get around. In winter the city transit system is free.
If you don't like to fly, you can always drive the Alaska Highway (aka; the 'Alcan').
There is no best way to get around in Fairbanks in the wintertime, but the safest is the the Borough bus. Driving around Fairbanks and Alaska during the winter months can be quite scary if you have never driven much on ice and in ice fog.
If you're visiting both Anchorage and Fairbanks it might be worth it to drive up, as the trip is very beautiful. However, be prepared to spend all day doing it. There's also a train that runs between the two, but it's very expensive and may not be operational year-round. Flying is by far the cheapest way to get there and certainly the fastest.
Although there is a limited bus service, the only reliable way to get around is to drive your own vehicle.