Whittier is located on the northeast shore of the Kenai Peninsula on the west side of Prince William Sound and at the head of Passage Canal.
Travellers headed north by ferry from Washington State to Anchorage, Fairbanks & Denali National Park can board an Alaska ferry in Bellingham WA and travel across the gulf to Whittier, Homer & Valdez. The route from Prince Rupert BC to Whittier has been discontinued for about 3 years
For military transfers to Fort Richardson & Fort Wainright, taking the ferry from Washington to Whittier is the most popular route choice as the alternate Bellingham WA to Haines AK ferry route involves a drive onward to the bases, of some 650-750 miles.
Too, because of the dynamic pricing ( as any ferry sailin,g fills the fare rises) introduced by the Alaska legislature in 2019, ferry costs rise dramatically in the summer months and so barging a vehicle between Seattle & Anchorage or Seattle & Fairbanks is often less expensive & a popular choice for the military on the move.
Barges depart from both Washington & Alaska every week year-round and fares or bookings can be found on the right of this page.
Reservations for all ferries in & to Alaska must be made well in advance as the cross - gulf ferries to Whittier, Valdez & Homer sail only 2x per month so space on those ferries sells out quickly
From Whittier to Anchorage is about 75 miles by road. Note that it is important to ensure the tunnel is open so you do not find yourself searching for unplanned accommodation in Whittier.
Most Requested Whittier Info: Land - Sea - Air
Magic Bus Transportation:
Daily service to and from Whittier & Anchorage.
Alaska Railroad: Daily seasonal service mid-May to mid Sept between Whittier, Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks etc
Prince William Sound Cruises & Tours:
Glacier and wildlife cruises
Major Marine Tours:
Kenai Fjords National Park; Prince William Sound Glacier; Wildlife Day Cruises