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How to get from Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport to Downtown

Anchorage is a beautiful city located in Alaska. Filled with amazing historical and cultural sites, stunning natural wonders and amazing wildlife, Anchorage is the perfect place for any history enthusiast or outdoorsy person to enjoy an exciting vacation. 

When it comes to travelling from Anchorage airport to downtown, you have two different options; taking a private taxi or the public bus. Taking an Anchorage airport taxi will take just 15 minutes to reach downtown, but will cost around $22 (€21). On the other hand, taking the Route 40 bus will cost just $2 (€1.90), but it will take at least 30 minutes to reach downtown Anchorage. 

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €21 15min 24/7
Bus €3.80 30min 06:38–23:43

How to get from Anchorage Airport to Downtown by taxi

Taking an Anchorage airport taxi is the most convenient transfer, but not the most budget-friendly option. It will take just 15 minutes to take a taxi from Anchorage airport to downtown Anchorage and the cost will be around $22 (€21).

How much is a taxi from Anchorage Airport to Downtown?

The local drivers at Anchorage airport won’t give you a set-rate fare for their services. Instead, you will be charged using a taximeter based on the distance you travel. Having said that, the average fare for a taxi from Anchorage airport to downtown is $22 (€21).

If you’d prefer a set-rate fare you can rely on for your transportation from Anchorage airport to downtown, we suggest booking in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

$22 (€21)

Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 outside of Anchorage Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis are readily available 24/7 outside of both Passenger Terminals at Anchorage Airport.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Anchorage airport to downtown Anchorage is the quickest and most comfortable way to travel, especially during the freezing cold winter months. You won’t need to wait outside for public transport to arrive and you can make your way directly to the door of your hotel in just 15 minutes.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling in a group and wish to enjoy a convenient transfer option, I suggest sharing a taxi and splitting the cost of the fare to make your journey a little more budget-friendly.

Useful Tips

Ensure your driver resets the taximeter to the correct base fare before beginning your journey.
Any luggage items that can fit in the trunk can be transported for free.
Tipping your taxi driver 10-15% of the total fare in Alaska is customary.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Anchorage. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€50.0
NIGHTTIME
€60.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Anchorage Airport to Downtown by bus

If you’re travelling on a tight budget, taking the People Mover Route 40 bus could be a good option for you. The cost is just $2 (€1.90) and the journey time is around 30 minutes in light traffic.

How much is the bus from Anchorage Airport to Downtown?

A one-way ticket on the Route 40 bus costs just $2 (€1.90). You can purchase your ticket from the driver as you get on the bus in exact change.

Cost

$2 (€1.90)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*There's a waiting time of 15 minutes for the Route 40 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Route 40 bus runs from 06:38 to 23:43 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 20:00 on weekends.

Where do I find the bus?

The Route 40 bus leaves from the Domestic South Terminal at Anchorage airport. If you land in the International Terminal, you will need to walk to the Domestic Terminal to take the bus.

Convenience

Although it’s the cheaper transfer option, taking the bus isn’t the most convenient transportation from Anchorage airport to downtown. There’s very little luggage storage, so transporting large items can be difficult, and you will need to wait out in the cold for your bus to arrive.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling with large luggage items or small children, taking a taxi for your transportation from Anchorage airport to downtown will be a much more comfortable choice.

Useful Tips

Bring exact change for your bus ticket as the driver can rarely break large notes.
There's very limited storage space on the bus, be sure to travel light.
If you plan to travel on the bus during your time in Anchorage, you can purchase a Day Pass for $5 (€4.80) to save.

Frequently asked questions

What is the distance from Anchorage airport to downtown Anchorage?

The distance from Anchorage airport to Downtown Anchorage is just 9.5 km. The journey will take around 15 minutes in an Anchorage airport taxi and approximately 30 minutes if you choose to take the Route 40 public bus. 

Is there a bus from Anchorage airport to downtown?

Yes, the People Mover Bus Route 40 runs from Anchorage airport to downtown every day. The total journey time is around 30 minutes and the cost of a one-way ticket is $2 (€1.90).

Can I get to the downtown Anchorage hotels with an airport shuttle?

Absolutely. You can choose a private airport shuttle service from Anchorage airport to downtown Anchorage 24/7. The cost for the journey in an Anchorage airport taxi or private transfer will be around $22 (€21), based on a taximeter, and the journey time is 15 minutes. 

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