Visitors are often surprised to learn that the major hotels in downtown Anchorage don't offer shuttle service from the airport—and those same hotels are about six to seven miles from the airport. Here are your most reliable options:
- Rent a car. You can get them onsite at the airport, but you should only rent a car if you intend to make serious use of it—after all, if you're renting it for less than a week, rates typically start at about $70 a day, and that's before parking ($5 to $12 a night at hotels) and gas (these days, about $3 a gallon).
- Hail a cab. Taxis are readily available and will cost $17 to $22 one way.
- Take the city Bus. The number 7 bus travels between the downtown transit center (6th ave, between H and G streets) and the domestic (south) terminal hourly. Monday through Friday the service starts around 6:45am and operates until approximately 10pm. On Saturdays it runs between 8am and 8pm, and on Sundays between 10am and 6pm. Please check the schedule and route map for the most current information. The cost for the service is just $2. If you have a lot of luggage, this may not be the most convenient option. But, it is certainly the least expensive.