Want to work in Alaska for the summer, but don’t have a car? Don’t worry! You won’t need one to work for us, and there are plenty of alternatives for getting around on your days off. Here are some of our suggestions for traveling around Alaska.
When you’re working for us, we can give you a lift to and from work! We offer a shuttle service to and from our employee housing locations. If you’re working in Denali, the park system has a shuttle through the six-million-acre, grizzly bear-peppered national park. What’s great about the shuttle is you can stop and get off along the way to hike, bike or have a picnic – just watch out for unexpected ursine guests. Hop back on the next shuttle and head to your next destination.
A bike is a great way to travel around Alaska’s cities – there are plenty of fantastic bike trails throughout Alaska – and it’s a great way to get around short distances in your summer home. Check your airline’s requirements for packing and shipping your bike, or bring it along on the ferry from Washington state.
City transit service is available in Alaska cities like Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan. Some systems are using the BusTracker app so you can easily see where your ride is and when it will arrive. Anchorage has more than a dozen routes that will take you throughout the city and its thriving downtown, making it easy for you to shop, find great restaurants, visit popular brewpubs or check out museums and historical spots like Earthquake Park. Don’t forget motor coach trips between cities, either.
Don’t forget that you’ll work a travel company that operates a train between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The train stops in Denali National Park and several points in between, giving you access to some of Alaska’s most beautiful wilderness and its quirkiest towns. Consider stopping in Talkeetna, which served as the inspiration for the 1990s TV show “Northern Exposure.” There are plenty of chances to take a tour, and remember, as an employee of Holland America-Princess, you’ll be eligible for discounts on lots of side trips including rail travel.
Flights are available via seaplane or puddle jumper from Juneau to and from the smaller coastal cities in Alaska’s southeast, like Skagway, for a day or weekend trip. You also can find reasonable airline tickets from Juneau to Anchorage or Fairbanks, giving you an opportunity to visit the parts of Alaska you haven’t been living and working in.
Alaska’s ferry system runs from Bellingham, Wash. to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. You can buy a ticket and travel around the state’s spectacular coastline. If you want, you can even bring your bike or kayak.
You can call for a ride from several taxi companies within Alaska’s cities, including some smaller ones like Sitka. Anchorage, which bustles with about 300,000 people, has multiple options.
Have any other concerns or questions about working with us in Alaska? Check out our FAQ page and learn more about your next summer job!