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Alaska

Note: Unless noted, all ferries are part of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS).

Most prices and schedules are for summer 2003. All prices are one-way unless otherwise noted. Reduced rates for children; higher prices on AMHS for vehicles over 10 feet long.

Most Alaska Marine Highway ferries average about 15 mph. Costs per mile are computed based on minimum auto + one passenger price. Price per mile varies from $0.34/mile to $2.47/mile, with longer segments generally being cheaper per mile. Combinations of segments ticketed together result in discounts up to 22 per cent.

Summary: Total: 46 auto segments + 11 passenger; Longest segment: 767 miles; Shortest segment: ? mile.

Car Ferries:

Angoon-Hoonah: Through Chatham Strait and Icy Strait, between Angoon (on Admiralty Island) and Hoonah (on Chichagof Island); once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $23, minimum auto charge $27; 72 miles; 4 hr; M/V LeConte; $0.75/mile.

Angoon-Tenakee Springs: Through Chatham Strait, between Angoon (on Admiralty Island) and Tenakee Springs (on Chichagof Island); once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $20, minimum auto charge $21; no loading/unloading of cars longer than ten feet at Tenakee Springs; 40 miles; 2 hr 30 min; M/V LeConte; $1.03/mile.

Chenega Bay-Valdez: Through Prince William Sound, from Chenega Bay (on Evans Island?) to Valdez (SR 4; Richardson Highway) (one way only); June 17-Aug. 26, Thursdays; minimum pedestrian charge $68?, minimum auto charge $74?; 87 miles; M/V Tustumena.

Chenega Bay-Whittier: Through Prince William Sound, from Chenega Bay (on Evans Island?) to Whittier (one way only); very occasional whistle stop service only; minimum pedestrian charge $68, minimum auto charge $74; ? miles; M/V Bartlett; .

Chignik-Sand Point: Through Pacific Ocean, between Chignik (on the Aleutian Peninsula) and Sand Point (on Popof Island); once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $49, minimum auto charge $60; 157 miles; 9 hr 15 min; M/V Tustumena; $0.70/mile.

Cold Bay-False Pass: Through Pacific Ocean, from Cold Bay (on the Aleutian Peninsula) to False Pass (on Unimak Island) (one way only); once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $22, minimum auto charge $25; 66 miles; 4 hr 15 min; M/V Tustumena; $0.68/mile.

Cordova-Chenega Bay: Through Prince William Sound, between Cordova (on SR 10) and Chenega Bay (on Evans Island?) (one way only); very occasional whistle stop service only; minimum pedestrian charge $68, minimum auto charge $74; ? miles; M/V Bartlett; .

Cordova-Tatitlek: Through Prince William Sound, between Cordova and Tatitlek; once a week, only by request; minimum pedestrian charge $36, minimum auto charge $42; 50 miles; M/V Bartlett.

False Pass-Unalaska: Through Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, from False Pass (on Unimak Island) to Dutch Harbor (on Unalaska Island) (one way only); once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $55, minimum auto charge $66; 203? miles; 13 hours; M/V Tustumena; .

Haines-Skagway: Through Taiya Inlet, between Haines (SR 7) and Skagway (SR 2; Klondike Highway); daily; minimum pedestrian charge $21, minimum auto charge $19; 15 miles; 1 hr; M/V Taku, M/V Columbia, M/V Kennicott, M/V Matanuska, M/V Aurora; $1.87/mile.

Homer-Kodiak: Through Cook Inlet and Gulf of Alaska, between Homer (on the Kenai Peninsula) (SR 1; Sterling Highway) and Kodiak (on Kodiak Island); at least twice a week; minimum pedestrian charge $57, minimum auto charge $69; 155 miles; 9 hr 30 min; Homer ferry terminal is at end of Homer Spit; M/V Tustumena; $0.86/mile.

Homer-Port Lions: Through Cook Inlet and Gulf of Alaska, between Homer (on the Kenai Peninsula) (SR 1; Sterling Highway) and Port Lions (on Kodiak Island); about once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $57, minimum auto charge $69; 152 miles; 10 hr; Homer ferry terminal is at end of Homer Spit; M/V Tustumena; $0.80/mile.

Homer-Seldovia: Across Kachemak Bay, between Homer (SR 1; Sterling Highway) and Seldovia; most days; minimum pedestrian charge $22, minimum auto charge $20; 19 miles; 1 hr 30 min; Homer ferry terminal is at end of Homer Spit; M/V Tustumena; $2.47/mile.

Juneau/Auke Bay-Haines: Through Lynn Canal, between Juneau and Haines (SR 7); daily; minimum pedestrian charge $20, minimum auto charge $45; 77 miles; 4 hr 30 min; Juneau terminal is on Auke Bay, northwest of Juneau; M/V Taku, M/V Columbia, M/V Kennicott, M/V Matanuska, M/V Aurora; $0.64/mile.

Juneau/Auke Bay-Hoonah: Through Lynn Canal and Icy Strait, between Juneau and Hoonah (on Chichagof Island); at least 3 times a week; minimum pedestrian charge $27, minimum auto charge $34; 55 miles; 3 hr 15 min; Juneau terminal is on Auke Bay, northwest of Juneau; M/V LeConte; $0.88/mile.

Juneau/Auke Bay-Pelican: Through Lynn Canal and Icy Strait, between Juneau and Pelican (on Chichagof Island); once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $37, minimum auto charge $47; 103 miles; 6 hr 30 min; Juneau terminal is on Auke Bay, northwest of Juneau; M/V LeConte; $0.75/mile.

Juneau/Auke Bay-Sitka: Through Chatham Strait and Peril Strait, between Juneau and Sitka (on Baranof Island); once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $32, minimum auto charge $36; 150 miles; 8 hr 45 min; Juneau terminal is on Auke Bay, northwest of Juneau; Sitka terminal is on Starrigavan Bay, north of Sitka; M/V Columbia; $0.39/mile.

Juneau/Auke Bay-Valdez: Through Gulf of Alaska, between Juneau and Valdez; once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $108, minimum auto charge $129; 510 miles; 32 hr; Juneau terminal is on Auke Bay, northwest of Juneau; M/V Kennecott.

Juneau/Auke Bay-Yakutat: Through Gulf of Alaska, between Juneau and Yakutat; available once a month in summer only by request; minimum pedestrian charge $65, minimum auto charge $79; 225 miles; Juneau terminal is on Auke Bay, northwest of Juneau; M/V Kennecott.

Ketchikan-Bellingham, WA: Through Strait of Vancouver and Pacific Ocean, between Bellingham, WA (I-5) and Ketchikan (on Revillagigedo Island); about twice a week; minimum pedestrian charge $193, minimum auto charge $233; 767 miles; 37 hours; M/V Columbia, M/V Malaspina.

Ketchikan-Hollis: Across Clarence Strait, between Ketchikan (on Revillagigedo Island) and Hollis (on Prince of Wales Island); daily; minimum pedestrian charge $20?, minimum auto charge $46?; 45 miles; 3 hours; M/V Prince of Wales; Inter-Island Ferry Authority; $1.15/mile.

Ketchikan-Metlakatla: Through Nichols Passage, between Ketchikan (on Revillagigedo Island) and Metlakatla (on Annette Island); daily; minimum pedestrian charge $16, minimum auto charge $16; 18 miles; 1 hr 30 min; M/V Aurora; $1.87/mile.

Ketchikan-Prince Rupert, BC: Through Pacific Ocean, between Ketchikan (on Revillagigedo Island) and Prince Rupert, BC (PR 16); about 4 times a week; minimum pedestrian charge $45, minimum auto charge $49; 103 miles; 6 hours; M/V Matanuska, M/V Kennicott.

Ketchikan-Wrangell: Through Clarence Strait, between Ketchikan (on Revillagigedo Island) and Wrangell (on Wrangell Island); at least 4 times a week; minimum pedestrian charge $27, minimum auto charge $34; 101 miles; 6 hr; M/V Matanuska, M/V Malaspina, M/V Kennicott, M/V Columbia, M/V Taku, M/V Aurora; $0.42/mile.

Ketchikan Airport Ferry: Across Tongass Narrows, between Ketchikan (on Revillagigedo Island) and Ketchikan Airport (on Gravina Island); $2.50 adult, $5 car each way; 1 mile; 10 minutes; To reach Ketchikan ferry terminal: Go about 2 miles north of downtown on SR 7; M/V Oral Freeman, M/V Bob Ellis, M/V Ken Eichner; operated by Ketchikan Gateway Borough. (907) 225-6181

King Cove-Cold Bay: Through Pacific Ocean and Cold Bay, between King Cove and Cold Bay; once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $22, minimum auto charge $25; 28 miles; 2 hr; M/V Tustumena; $0.42/mile.

Kodiak-Chignik: Through Kupreanof Strait, Shelikof Strait, and Gulf of Alaska, from Kodiak (on Kodiak Island) to Chignik (on the Aleutian Peninsula); once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $90, minimum auto charge $113; 283 miles; 18 hr 30 min; M/V Tustumena; $0.60/mile.

Kodiak-Port Lions: Through Narrow Strait, between Kodiak and Port Lions; about once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $23, minimum auto charge $27; 55 miles; 2 hr 30 min; M/V Tustumena; $1.12/mile.

Petersburg-Juneau/Auke Bay: Through Stephens Passage, between Petersburg (on Mitkof Island) and Juneau; at least 3 times a week; minimum pedestrian charge $50, minimum auto charge $63; 140 miles; 8 hr; Juneau terminal is on Auke Bay, northwest of Juneau; M/V Kennicott, M/V Matanuska, M/V Aurora, M/V Columbia, M/V Taku, M/V Malaspina; $0.86/mile.

Petersburg-Kake: Through Frederick Sound, between Petersburg (on Mitkof Island) and Kake (on Kupreanof Island); at least once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $25, minimum auto charge $30; 74 miles; 4 hr; M/V Le Conte; $0.91/mile.

Petersburg-Sitka: Through Frederick Sound, Chatham Strait, and Peril Strait, between Petersburg (on Mitkof Island) and Sitka (on Baranof Island); once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $32, minimum auto charge $36; 177 miles; 10 hr; M/V Matanuska, M/V Malaspina; $0.34/mile.

Sand Point-King Cove: Through Pacific Ocean, from Sand Point (on Popof Island) to King Cove (on the Aleutian Peninsula); once a month; minimum pedestrian charge $37, minimum auto charge $45; 111 miles; 6 hr 30 min; M/V Tustumena; $0.77/mile.

Seward-Chenega Bay: Through Prince William Sound, from Seward (SR 9) to Chenega Bay (on Evans Island?) (one way only); June 17-Aug. 26, Thursdays; minimum pedestrian charge $68, minimum auto charge $74; 58 miles; M/V Tustumena.

Seward-Kodiak: Through Gulf of Alaska, from Seward (SR 9) to Kodiak (on Kodiak Island); about once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $64, minimum auto charge $79; 210 miles; 13 hr 15 min; M/V Tustumena; $0.60/mile.

Sitka-Angoon: Through Peril Strait, from Sitka (on Baranof Island) to Angoon (on Admiralty Island); twice a week; minimum pedestrian charge $25, minimum auto charge $28; 76 miles; 5 hr 30 min; M/V LeConte; $0.69/mile.

Sitka-Kake: Through Chatham Strait and Peril Strait, from Sitka (on Baranof Island to Kake (on Kupreanof Island); only operates one-way, from Sitka to Kake; a few times a month; minimum pedestrian charge $27, minimum auto charge $33; 131 miles; 8 hours; $0.54/mile.

Tenakee Springs-Hoonah: Through Chatham Strait and Icy Strait, between Tenakee Springs and Hoonah (both on Chichagof Island); no loading/unloading of cars longer than ten feet at Tenakee Springs; once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $20, minimum auto charge $21; 56 miles; 3 hr 15 min; M/V LeConte; $0.65/mile.

Unalaska-Cold Bay: Through Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, between Dutch Harbor (on Unalaska Island) and Cold Bay (on Aleutian Peninsula); once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $72, minimum auto charge $90; 269 miles; 16 hours; M/V Tustumena; .

Valdez-Cordova: Through Prince William Sound, between Valdez (SR 4; Richardson Highway) and Cordova (SR 10; Copper River Highway); at least twice a week; minimum pedestrian charge $36, minimum auto charge $42; 84 miles; 5 hr 30 min; M/V Bartlett; $0.81/mile.

Valdez-Seward: Through Prince William Sound, between Valdez (SR 4; Richardson Highway) and Seward (SR 9); about once a week; minimum pedestrian charge $68, minimum auto charge $74; 164 miles; 11 hr; M/V Tustumena, M/V Kennicott; $0.66/mile.

Valdez-Tatitlek: Through Prince William Sound, between Valdez and Tatitlek; once a week, only by request; minimum pedestrian charge $36, minimum auto charge $42; 22 miles; M/V Bartlett.

Valdez-Whittier: Through Prince William Sound, between Valdez (SR 4; Richardson Highway) and Whittier; at least three times a week; minimum pedestrian charge $68, minimum auto charge $53; 89 miles; 6 hr 45 min; M/V Bartlett; $1.13/mile.

Whittier-Cordova: Through Prince William Sound, between Whittier and Cordova (SR 10; Copper River Highway); at least twice a week; minimum pedestrian charge $68, minimum auto charge $53; 110 miles; 7 hr; M/V Bartlett; $0.97/mile.

Wrangell-Petersburg: Through Sumner Strait and Wrangell Narrows, from Wrangell (on Wrangell Island) to Petersburg (on Mitkof Island); at least 4 times a week; minimum pedestrian charge $22, minimum auto charge $25; 47 miles; 3 hr; M/V Aurora, M/V Kennicott, M/V Taku, M/V Matanuska, M/V Malaspina, M/V Columbia; $0.91/mile.

Yakutat-Valdez: Through Gulf of Alaska, between Yakutat and Valdez; available once a month in summer only by request; minimum pedestrian charge $65?, minimum auto charge $79?; 280 miles; M/V Kennecott.

Passenger Ferries:

Akutan-Cold Bay: Through Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean, from Akutan to Cold Bay (one way only); once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $59; 218? miles; 12 hours; M/V Tustumena; .

Glacier Bay Ferry: Through Lynn Canal and Icy Strait, between Juneau and Gustavus or Bartlett Cove; Sunday/Monday/Wednesday/Friday, May 23-Sept. 12; $69 one-way, $138 roundtrip; 90 miles Juneau to Bartlett Cove, 18 miles Bartlett Cove to Gustavus, 80 miles Gustavus to Juneau; 4.5 hours Juneau to Bartlett Cove, 2.5 hours Bartlett Cove to Gustavus, 3.5 hours Gustavus to Juneau; catamaran; operated by Auk-Nu Tours. (800) 820-2628 or (907) 586-8687

Haines/Juneau Fast Ferry: Between Haines and Juneau; weekends from June through August; 2.5 hours.

Haines/Skagway Fast Ferry: Through Taiya Inlet, between Haines and Skagway; several times daily in summer; $24 one-way adult; 14 miles; 35 minutes; Fairweather Express, Fairweather Express II; catamarans; operated by Chilkat Cruises and Tours.

Halibut Cove ferry: Across Kachemak Bay, from Homer to Halibut Cove; twice a day in summer; $22 or $45 (plus tax); 8 miles; 1 hour; departing from middle of Homer Spit (Ramp 1, Slip C6); M/V Danny J; 34 passenger capacity; since 1966; operated by Central Charters. 907-235-7847 or 800-478-7847

Jakolof Ferry Service: Across Kachemak Bay, from Homer to Jakolof Bay (about 10 miles from Seldovia); daily, May 15-Sept. 15; $25 one way; 12 miles; 25 minutes; departing from bottom of Ramp 1 on Homer Spit; Mainstay (18 passenger), Harlequin (6 passengers). 907-235-2376 or 907-235-6384

Russian River Ferry: Across the Kenai River from Sterling Highway just downstream of confluence with the Russian River (about 5 miles west of Cooper Landing or 17 miles west of SR 9/Seward Highway); $6 roundtrip adult (in 1997); less than 0.1 mile?; 26 person capacity cable barge ferry; primarily operates for fishermen during salmon run.

Seldovia ferry: Across Kachemak Bay, from Homer to Seldovia; daily in summer; $45 roundtrip, $30 one way (plus tax); 19 miles; 1 hour 15 minutes; departing from middle of Homer Spit (Ramp 1, Slip C6); M/V Dena'ina; 45 passenger capacity; operated by Central Charters. 907-235-7847 or 800-478-7847

Seldovia Shuttle: Across Kachemak Bay, from Homer to Seldovia; daily; $35 roundtrip, $20 one way; 19 miles; 1 hour; departing from slip E1 of Homer Spit; M/V Rainbow Connection; 99 passenger capacity. 907-235-7272

Unalaska-Akutan: Through Bering Sea, from Dutch Harbor (on Unalaska Island) to Akutan (on Akutan Island) (only one way); once a month in summer; minimum pedestrian charge $20; 51 miles; 3 hr 30 min; M/V Tustumena.

Discontinued Ferries:

Hyder-Ketchikan: Along Portland Canal and Revillagigedo Channel, between Hyder and Ketchikan (on Revillagigedo Island); connection to PR 37A in British Columbia; Tuesday only; minimum pedestrian charge $40, minimum auto charge $90; 143 miles; 9 hr 45 min; M/V Aurora; $0.56/mile; Note: recently discontinued!.

Nenana ferry: Across Tanana River at Nenana; discontinued in 1968.

General Links:

Pacific Northwest ferries