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Getting to Valdez

TRIP PLANNER - Getting to Valdez, Alaska

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A short 45 minute flight from Anchorage is the easiest way to get to Valdez. Visit the Era Aviation website to make reservations and check the schedule. They usually fly 3 times a day. Flying to Valdez gives you the convenience of speed and an unforgettable flight over the mountains and Prince William Sound.


A scenic 300 mile (5-6 hour) drive will get you to Valdez from Anchorage as well.  From Anchorage, drive North to Palmer and turn right on the Glenn Highway. When you get to Glennallen, turn right again onto the Richardson Highway. When you get to Valdez, turn left on Meals Dr. and then left again on N. Harbor Dr. Our shop is the 3rd building on the left. Driving offers spectacular views and the ability to explore other towns along the way.

Train & Ferry Combination

Lastly, You can drive or take the train from Anchorage to Whittier and take the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry from Whittier to Valdez. Go to the Alaska Marine Highway Website for schedule and fare information. This is a beautiful option as well, but takes all day and is more expensive than the flight.

There is no bus or train services to Valdez. You can occasionally hire a Pangaea Adventures van to pick you up in Anchorage, however they are not always available. But feel free to call and inquire!

Local Valdez Pick-up

We would be happy to pick you up at the airport or ferry terminal when you arrive. Just let us know when you will be arriving in Valdez.

Once in Valdez, there are many other activities to join other than sea kayaking. There are glacier hikes, glacier cruises, hiking, and river rafting. The town is very traveler friendly with restaurants, hotels, and B & B's. You can find all of your outdoor equipment needs at one of the local outdoor stores or buy extra groceries at the full service market (Wow, Safeway!).

For more information on Valdez call the:

Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 770-5954


Join Pangaea Adventures for sea kayaking tours in Alaska. Guided trips in Prince William Sound. Sea Kayak Day Tours to famous glaciers like Columbia Glacier. Sea Kayak Camping Tours in Alaska wilderness. Backpacking Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Glacier Day Hikes in the Chugach Mountains. Guided glacier hikes on Worthington Glacier. Water Taxi Valdez.