Traveling by bus in Alaska can be more economical than traveling by train or by air, but don't count on it being your main mode of travel. Always confirm your trip via phone, as schedules often change at the last minute.
Greyhound Lines of Canada serves Vancouver, with service as far north as Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon. Two companies provide onward bus service into South Central and Interior Alaska from Whitehorse. Alaska Direct Bus Lines operates year-round van service connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks with Glennallen, Delta Junction, Skagway, and Tok in Alaska, along with Whitehorse in the Yukon. Alaska/Yukon Trails provides year-round bus service between Anchorage and Fairbanks, plus seasonal service connecting Fairbanks with Dawson City in the Yukon.
Denali Overland Transportation has frequent van service in summer between Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park and Preserve. The Alaska Park Connection has summertime bus service between Seward and Anchorage, continuing north to Denali. Homer Stage Line provides year-round service between Anchorage and Homer, plus summertime service connecting Seward with Anchorage and Homer.
Quick Shuttle buses run between Vancouver and Seattle. Green Tortoise provides a casual alternative way to travel north, with funky classic buses that are popular with backpackers.
Many bus lines—particularly those heading to Denali—either require or strongly recommend reservations. Accepted forms of payment vary among bus companies, but all accept MasterCard, Visa, and traveler's checks. The AlaskaPass allows unlimited travel on ferry, rail lines, and Holland America buses (Whitehorse to Fairbanks only) in Alaska and the Yukon.
Interior Alaska Bus Line (800/770-6652. www.alaskadirectbusline.com.)
Alaska Park Connection (800/266-8625. www.alaskacoach.com.)
Alaska/Yukon Trails (800/770-7275. www.alaskashuttle.com.)
Denali Overland Transportation (907/733-2384. www.denalioverland.com.)
Green Tortoise (415/956-7500 or 800/867-8647. www.greentortoise.com.)
Greyhound Canada Transportation Corp. (800/661-8747. www.greyhound.ca.)
Stage Line (907/235-2252. www.stagelineinhomer.com.)
Quick Shuttle (604/940-4428 Vancouver; 800/665-2122. www.quickcoach.com.)
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