Getting To Us

Rail & Cruise Combo

Ride the famed Alaska Railroad along the shores of Turnagain Arm through the glacially carved Portage Valley. You will travel through North Americas longest shared tunnel on your way to Whittier, where your adventure awaits! Our cruise dock is just across the street from the Railroad Depot.

Glacier Discovery Rail Schedule:

9:45 AM Depart Anchorage Depot
10:45 AM Girdwood Rail Stop
12:05 PM Arrive Whittier

6:45 PM Depart Whittier
8:00 PM Arrive Girdwood Rail Stop
9:15 PM Arrive Anchorage

* arrive at station at least 30 minutes before departure.

Coach & Cruise Combo

Rates & Schedules

Leave the driving to us! Phillips Cruises provides daily transportation to Whittier along the scenic Seward Highway designated a scenic byway by the US Forest Service. You will travel through Portage Valley, past Portage Glacier, on your way to the longest shared tunnel in North America. Through the tunnel will emerge the town of Whittier, where your cruise adventure begins!.

Departures Pickup And Locations:

8:45 AM Depart Marriott Courtyard (Airport in Anchorage)
9:00 AM Depart Crowne Plaza (Midtown in Anchorage)
9:30 AM Depart Captain Cook Hotel (Downtown in Anchorage)
10:30 AM Depart Alyeska Resort (Main Lobby in Girdwood)
12:00 PM Whittier arrival at Cliffside Marina

Return Trip Arrival Times:

5:45 PM Cliffside Marina, Whittier, AK departure
6:45 PM Alyeska Resort, Girdwood
7:30 PM Anchorage and drop off at hotels listed above
8:00 PM Anchorage International Airport

Drive Yourself

Whittier is an easy 60 mile drive southeast from Anchorage, with lots to see on the way. Be sure to check out the local attractions on your drive, from numerous photo stops along the famed Turnagain Arm, to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Portage Glacier, and the longest tunnel in North America or join up with one of our popular transportation packages!

Allow 1.5 hours to drive from Anchorage to the Whittier Tunnel. North Americas longest shared tunnel is open every hour on the half hour, and we recommend taking the 10:30am tunnel from Bear Valley to Whittier for the 26 Glacier Cruise and the 11:30am tunnel for the Glacier Quest Cruise. More information is available for the Whittier Tunnel and the City of Whittier.
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26 Glacier Cruise Tips for Driving:

9:00 AM Depart Anchorage, 10:30 AM tunnel to Whittier, 6:00 PM tunnel to Anchorage

Glacier Quest Cruise Tips for Driving:

10:00 AM Depart Anchorage, 11:30 AM tunnel to Whittier, 5:00 PM tunnel to Anchorage

Arrival Tips

Upon arrival to Whittier, please check in for your cruise. You'll see our ticket office with a yellow triangle sign on a red roof to your left as you approach town. Our check-in booth just a few steps away in the same lot by the Cliffside Marina which is where you'll receive your boarding card for the cruise.

After checking in, we invite you to explore the town of Whittier. Here are a few of our favorite stops:

  • Drop by Lazy Otter for a coffee or salmon spread bagel.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Whittier Fudge Company
  • Seeking some fresh fish or shrimp? Check out Fee's Custom Seafood.
  • Buy a gift for friends and family back home from Log Cabin Gifts
  • Have lunch or dinner at China Sea or Swiftwater Cafe
  • Learn about WWII at the museum next to the Anchor Inn
  • Stay or dine at the Inn at Whittier
  • Stop by Wild Catch Cafe for Kaladi Coffee, breakfast or lunch
  • Check out kayaking options with Alaska Sea Kayakers
  • Watch the daily catch arrive in the small boat harbor
  • Hike a trail, walk the harbor, or just sit and relax or read a book

After your cruise, you may wish to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, located at mile 79 on the Seward highway. This is a great place to view musk ox, moose, wood bison, caribou and even bears!

Arriving By Cruise Ship

Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC dock is accessed in the Cliffside Marina parking lot which is adjacent to the Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal. Guests cruising to and from Whittier on board a cruise ship have plenty of time in port to enjoy one of our glacier cruises. Check in begins at 10:30 AM and all guests are requested to be on board 15 minutes prior to their day cruise departure time.

Arriving By Car

Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC dock is accessed in the Cliffside Marina parking lot which is located at 100 W Camp Rd. Our office is open starting at 10:30 AM daily to purchase tickets or check in for your cruise.