While Anchorage is NOT a ferry port, it is a popular alternative for barging vehicles to Alaska for those who either can not, or do not want to travel through Canada.
Barging directly to Anchorage or Fairbanks is also a good choice for those who are either not interested in taking the 5 day ferry ride from Bellingham Washington to Whittier Alaska and then driving to Fairbanks or Anchorage or one of the military bases when ferry space is either sold out, too expensive or the ferry schedule is not flexible enough.
Shipping to Alaska by barge is a great ferry alternative as barges offer both a safe and an economical way to transport vehicles to & from Alaska.
Barges travelling from Seattle to Anchorage take about 8-9 days, while barges from Seattle to Fairbanks taking 10-11 days.
Barge service is also available from Seattle to Dutch Harbor; Seattle WA to Nome, Dillingham and Bethel.
Barges also transport cars and trucks each week, year-round to and from Southeast Alaska.
At a reasonable price one can transport their vehicle on a barge travelling from Seattle to Haines; Seattle to Hoona; Seattle to Kake, Seattle to Ketchikan, Seattle to Petersburg, Seattle to Sitka, Seattle to Skagway, Seattle to Thorne Bay, Seattle to Wrangell and Seattle to Yakutat.
For Military PCSing to Alaska from the lower48 , getting household goods including weapons, (chambers must be empty) to Fort Richardson, Fort Wainwright and Elmendorf, the convenience of using the weekly barges to ship cars and trucks close to the bases can be more timely and often more economical.
With respect to ferry travel, Whittier is the closest ferry port to Anchorage and is about a 2 hour drive away from Anchorage.
On alternate weeks from March thru September, the ferry from Bellingham Washington travels to Whittier through Juneau. From Whittier to Anchorage is a drive of approximately 62 miles.
The cross-gulf ferry to Whittier ( a 2 day crossing ) is the only ferry route enabling travellers to Alaska to by-pass the Canadian border. This makes the crossing is extremely popular & results in ferry vehicle space selling out months in advance.
With dynamic pricing on all ferries in and out of Alaska, a last minute ferry booking can be costly.
Dynamic pricing was adopted by the State of Alaska in October 2019 and it means that as space decreases on any ferry sailing, the fare increases.
Beginning in Bellingham WA (not Seattle), the 5 day northbound ferry to Whittier travels through Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg & Sitka to Juneau before crossing the Gulf.
On arriving in Juneau by ferry, passengers are sometimes required to disembark and reload onto a different vessel - usually the MV Kennicott - for the 2 day cross-gulf ferry trip to Whittier, Homer and Valdez Alaska.
Optional on-board cabins are available on the Alaska ferries ( the
alternate is sleeping in a recliner in one of the lounges, or on the aft
deck) but like with vehicles, reservations must be booked as far in
advance as possible.
Note: Only 4 bed cabins on the cross-gulf ferry have private bathroom facilities. The 2 bed cabins share a bathroom down the corridor
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.
To Get a Barge Quote /Booking to Alaska email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-686-0446