Does Anchorage have a good bus system


     The People Mover bus system is easy to use and can be a good option if you are staying and traveling along a bus route.  The service is basic with 30 and 60 minute headways on weekdays and hourly service on weekends. It's good to remember that Anchorage is also very large (over 1,900 square miles), so if you're a visitor it may be best  to use a car if you want to get out and really see Anchorage effectively. However, if you have time and want to save money, tourists can certainly also take advantage of it if they do a little research and know its limitiations.

People Mover Bus Service:

    The People Mover provides just over fourteen thousand rides each day, on average. There are 14 fixed routes (so it covers a fairly good portion of the 1,900 square miles).   The schedules, fares and routes are available at the People Mover page.  People Mover also has a trip planner that interfaces with Google Maps and provides estimated passeng times through their bustracker page.

The system primarly is a "hub and spoke" system from downtown Anchorage, and also has one route north into Eagle River.  All the buses are fully accessible and equipped with bikes racks that can carry up to three bikes on a first come basis. There is a bus line that services the airport, but there is not much room for luggage.


   Adult Fare is $2 each time you board, or $5.00 for a day pass. Passes areavailable at the downtown transit center, Dimond transit center and all municipal libraries.  

Fares are half off for youths (6-18), seniors (60+), and people with qualifying disabilities or medicard cards and veterans - proof of eligibility is required at boarding or by securing an ID at the downtown transit center.

Children under five ride free, and seniors over 60 ride for free every Wednesday. One-day, 30-day passes, 20-Ride tickets and year-long passes are available. Along the major routes, buses run every thirty to sixty minutes.

Other Options:

   During the summer months, there are three free shuttles from the Anchorage Log Cabin Visitor Information Center (4th Avenue and F Street) that take people to the Alaska Zoo, the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Ulu Factory.

    A private bus company called  Valley Mover runs between Anchorage and the town of Wasilla every 90 minutes between about 5 am and 6 pm for $7 per ride. It is used mostly by commuters and goes between a parking area in Wasilla and the People Mover center in downtown Anchorage. But anyone who pays the fare may use it.

    Paratransit Transportation is available through AnchorRIDES. The AnchorRIDES service offers door-to-door service for people with disabilities, and must be reserved in advance.  

    The Alaska Railroad runs between Anchorage and Fairbanks via  Wasilla, Talkeetna, and Denali Park with a train departing each city at 8 am and arriving at the other end at 8 pm. See entries in TripAdvisor for Alaska Railroad.

   Anchorage has several cab companies with rates set by a commission.

   Door-to-door shuttle service is available between the airport and locations in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Whittier.