1.5-2 hours
Duration

Anchorage to Whittier Bus – Narrated Direct Transfer for cruise ship passengers

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Anchorage to Whittier Bus – Narrated Direct Transfer: non-stop transfer service, directly from Anchorage airport and Anchorage hotels to Whittier cruise ship terminal.

We are the only company that will pick you up directly at your hotel or airport in Anchorage, and drop off directly at your cruise ship in Whittier! You don’t have to go with your luggage to/from any bus stations or some central locations to get to/from our bus.

We also offer Whittier to Anchorage direct bus transfer option – CLICK HERE

 LOCATION

Departs: Anchorage hotels, car rentals, airport

Arrives: Whittier cruise ship terminal

BUS DEPARTURE TIME

  • Bus departs Anchorage to Whittier on Wednesdays and Saturdays
    • Morning:
      •  9:00AM – 9:45AM pick up Anchorage Downtown hotels, 10:00AM departure from Anchorage Airport
    • Early Afternoon:
      • 12:00PM departure from Anchorage Airport (no hotel pick ups).
    • Late Afternoon:
      • 2:00PM – 2:45PM pick up Anchorage Downtown hotels, 3:00PM departure from Anchorage Airport.
  • Bus departs Anchorage to Whittier on Sundays
    • 1:00PM – 1:45PM pick up Anchorage hotels, 2:00PM departure from Anchorage Airport.

BUS ARRIVAL TIME

  • Bus arrives Whittier Port on Wednesdays and Saturdays (Princess Cruise Line), Princess Cruises boards from 12:00PM till 7:00PM
    • Morning – arrives Whittier at 11:45AM
    • Early Afternoon – arrives Whittier at 1:45PM
    • Late Afternoon – arrives Whittier at 4:45PM
  • Bus arrives Whittier Port on Sundays (Holland America Cruise line):
    • Arrives Whittier at 3:45PM

Is there enough time to get to the ship? Will I miss my ship if I take this transfer?

Please check our Frequently Asked Questions for answer to this question.

WEAR

Comfortable layered clothing

INCLUDED

This 1.5 – 2 Hour Anchorage to Whittier Bus – Narrated Direct Transfer includes:
  • Bus will pick up in Anchorage hotels in Anchorage
  • Turnagain Arm – (drive by) dall sheep, beluga whales
  • Portage Glacier valley with excellent glacier (drive by)
  • 2.5 mile-long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel
  • Drop off directly at the cruise ship

Anchorage to Whittier Bus – Narrated Direct Transfer for Cruise Ship passengers:

  • Bus picks up at Anchorage hotels and Airport
  • Turnagain Arm – (drive by) dall sheep, beluga whales
  • Longest tunnel in North America
  • Drop off directly at the cruise ship terminal

Our Anchorage to Whittier Bus – Narrated Direct Transfer 1.5 hour option is the best alternative to get to your cruise ship in Whittier from Anchorage airport, or hotels. Anchorage to Whittier shuttle bus takes you thru the longest tunnel in North America to Anchorage on the most scenic highway. Our direct Whittier bus will pick up in Anchorage hotels and airport

Our friendly drivers/guides will direct you to your Whittier shuttle bus, where you will be seated in comfort and your luggage will be loaded in the luggage section. You will then continue on to the most scenic Seward highway in your direct Whittier bus. Fully narrated transfer allows you to learn the history and scenery that surrounds you while traveling on one of the most scenic highways in Alaska. Anchorage to Whittier transfer takes a total of about 1.5 hours. Go thru the North America’s longest highway tunnel. This 2.5 mile Anton Anderson tunnel is the one way tunnel blasted thru the mountain. You will then be dropped off directly at the cruise ship terminal where you check in your luggage. We make your experience while traveling from Anchorage to Whittier easy and unforgettable. Reserve your transfer from Anchorage to Whittier today, receive your confirmation e-mail with travel details and get ready for an unforgettable ride.

This Anchorage to Whittier Bus – Narrated Direct Transfer is a shared bus transfer service in our most comfortable coaches with tinted windows, easy step up (unlike full-size vans that other transfer companies use, you don’t have to bend over or hit your head climbing in and out), air conditioner/heater, large picture-view windows, full size individual bus seats (unlike vans that other transfer companies use, you will have a private seat for yourself and will not be holding somebody else’s bag), DVD player, full narration.

About Whittier, Alaska

If one one the Whittier cruises your final destination you might find following facts interesting. Whittier is Anchorage’s portal to Prince William Sound. Although Anchorage itself in on Upper Cook Inlet, the highest tides in the Northern America, muddy, fast-moving water offers no use for boating. Whittier, on the other hand, stands on the edge of a long fjord, whose clear waters are full of salmon orcas, and otters. Surrounded by mountains dripping with glaciers which are beautiful when the sun is shining, they also trap storms over the town and as a result 15 feet of rain and 20 feet of snow a year is average. Most of town’s 250 residents live in one 14-story structure, which certainly cuts down on snow-shoveling time.

In the past, the only way to get to from Anchorage to Whittier cruises was by riding through the mountain by train. Now the railway tunnel is paved creating North America’s longest highway tunnel and providing opportunities for buses, shuttles, and motorcoaches to take you to Anchorage.

There are lots of exciting things to do in Whittier or Seward transportation such as hiking, fishing for salmon, trout, red snapper, photography, hunting for bear and birds, wildlife viewing, and much more right here in Whittier, Alaska!

This service is available only on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays when a cruise ship is in port.

Our transfer is directly coordinated with the cruise line schedule and place. We will pick you up in Anchorage, will take care of your luggage, and we GUARANTEE to deliver you to your cruise ship right on time for your departure.

Wednesdays and Saturdays Schedule:

  • Morning:
    • 9:00AM – 9:45AM pick up Anchorage Downtown hotels,
    • 10:00AM departure from Anchorage Airport,
    • 11:45AM arrival to Whittier cruise ship terminal (Princess cruise line)
  • Early Afternoon:
    • 12:00PM departure from Anchorage Airport (no hotel pick ups),
    • 1:45PM arrival to Whittier cruise ship terminal (Princess cruise line)
  • Late Afternoon:
    • 2:00PM – 2:45PM pick up Anchorage Downtown hotels,
    • 3:00PM departure from Anchorage Airport,
    • 4:45PM arrival to Whittier cruise ship terminal (Princess cruise line)

Princess cruise line boards from 12:00PM till 7:00PM and departs at 8:00PM from Whittier port

Sundays Schedule:

  • 1:00PM – 1:45PM pick up Anchorage hotels,
  • 2:00PM departure from Anchorage Airport,
  • 3:45PM arrival to Whittier cruise ship terminal

Holland America cruise line departs at 8:00PM from Whittier port

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 21 reviews
May 28, 2017

Anchorage Bus Ride to Princess Pier
Very nteresting facts given by driver along the route. Timely ride from Anchorage to the Princess Pier.

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July 22, 2017

Good and safe transfer
We had an enjoyable transfer with narration despite the bad weather. The driver was cheerful and very knowledgeable throughout the journey

August 28, 2017

Anchorage Airport to Whittier Transfer
We had reserved the transfer from the Anchorage airport to Whittier to board our cruise on Princess. Our flight and been delayed and our luggage was late in arriving. Our bus driver, Ernie, waited as long as he possibly could (he had to leave by a certain time in order to make the tunnel crossing at a scheduled time) and thanks to his kindness we were able to get our luggage just in time to board the bus! I was very impressed at his understanding for our situation, while also balancing his need to keep the other passengers on time. His commentary on the drive up was really informative and entertaining. I’d highly recommend ACT and a big kudos to Ernie!!

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September 5, 2017

Transportation from Anchorage to Whittier
Transportation was great! The driver was pleasant and very informative during the drive. He waited to ensure all passengers made the shuttle (our flight was delayed).

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September 20, 2017

Terrific transportation option
A super-comfortable coach arrived at the Sheraton Anchorage to pick us up on the dot of 2pm, the beginning of the pickup window. Ion loaded our luggage underneath and departed for the next stop.
When all reserved passengers had signed his roster we took off, moderate speed and very safely all the way.
There is a recorded sightseeing narration at certain points, very informative. The scenery to Whittier is gorgeous.
We waited exactly one minute for our clearance to go through the tunnel; buses go before cars. Their buses have a restroom – sparkling clean and not too small.
Ion unloaded our luggage about 10 feet from the Princess checkin. We appreciated timely pickup, the plush coach, luggage loading, safe driving, and timely arrival. Perfect service in every way.

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September 4, 2018

Loved the ride!

Used as transfer service from Anchorage to Whittier for cruise. Great driver/tour director! Very informative, great sense of humor, and accommodating. You are never sure about using unknown agencies, but this was great ! Wish I had booked more tours with them while in Alaska! Really enjoyed the trip !

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September 8, 2018

We were very happy with the whole experience. The company allowed us to change the place we were picked up with no fuss or bother. The bus driver was friendly and on time. We had to wait for a few stragglers but he still got us to the dock on time. His commentary was informative and fun would DEFINITELY recommend to anyone.

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September 8, 2018

Great driver!!

Scott was our driver and he made the trip really memorable. He told us many facts, answered questions, and really made it more enjoyable.

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September 9, 2018

act review

it was a really good experience for us. The bus driver was a nice guy and very helpful. We really enjoyed the trip

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September 15, 2018

Highly recommend

We used ACT to go from Anchorage to Whittier for our cruise. The driver was very friendly and offered lots of information during the drive to Whittier. The location for the pick up was easy to find and they were on time. We even had some time for pictures prior to entering the tunnel that connects to Whittier. Highly recommend.

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May 14, 2019

A lot more than just a bus ride!
Got an in depth review of the area and wildlife as we drove the very scenic route. The trip to the wildlife center was an added bonus and such a wonderful place to visit. Great transport from the airport right to the dock.
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June 18, 2019

Great Job!!!
They gave great information to tell us when and where they would meet us and they did exactly as they told us. The bus was clean and very comfortable, and we arrived in plenty of time to board our cruise ship. The driver provided interesting commentary along the way.
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July 2, 2019

Anchorage to Whittier Bus Transportation
Easy online reservation. Received an email with location pickup instructions and a confirmation text message the day before. The text message provided a phone number if there were any problems the day of the transfer. Our stop was at the airport. A rep was there and directed us to our bus. The bus was clean and had a bathroom. The driver pointed out points of interest along the way. Got to our Princess ship with plenty of time. I recommend A.C.T. Big Bus
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August 2, 2019

Friendly pick up on time
Picked us up right at hotel and was treated to great commentary along the route to Whittier to join cruise. A little less than cruise transfer option.
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June 10, 2022

Great trip from cruise ship terminal to Anchorage
We would book with this company again without hesitation. They were prompt and very professional. Both driver and guide were personable and made the trip very interesting and fun.
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June 10, 2022

ACT transfer from Anchorage to Whittier
Driver of the bus came very much in time, he was courteous and gave us a very good commentary about the topography of the place we all went by.
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July 5, 2022

Book cruise transfer with ACT
Needed transportation for cruise out of Whittier. Don’t let the cruise representatives tell you they are the only ones to provide transfers to port. Went online about 2 weeks before cruise and booked with ACT for pick up @ hotel and was cheaper than cruise line. Bus was on time and driver very helpful and informative. Thank you ACT for your great service.
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August 25, 2022

Comfortable, convenient, prompt
Entertaining and informative narration by the driver. A very comfortable bus ride, much better than the Cruisetrain that we took going the other direction. The driver took our luggage when he picked us and parked us next to the baggage porters at the pier.
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June 19, 2023

Easiest way from Anchorage to Whittier
Fast, very comfortable, scenic, good value, good commentary along the way .Easiest way from Anchorage to Whittier
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August 15, 2023

Good experience
Comfortable bus, on time. Guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Once the bags were loaded onto the bus, we didn’t need to handle them again, as the driver dropped them off to the cruise porters for us. We would use them again.
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September 5, 2023

Great Transporter!!
They were ontime and everything was as it should have been. The bus was clean. Ride was smooth. Driver was informative and entertaining. The baggage transfer from the bus to the cruise ship was seemless.
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