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How To Get From Fairbanks To Prudhoe Bay?  
User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8797 times:

I'll be going on my first cruise next year from Vancouver to Seward and then with the train on to Anchorage and possibly Fairbanks. I figured since I'm up there, I might as well really see a bit more of such a wonderous State, so I'm planning on continuing on to Prudhoe Bay.

The cruise line (Holland America) has an add-on deal for about an extra $1000 which covers the costs of the train from Seward to Fairbanks, hotel overnights, bus transportation to Prudhoe Bay and airfare back to Anchorage.

However, I've been doing a bit of research on my own and found a great deal on AS from SCC all the way back to YLW (via BRW, ANC and SEA). The only thing is that I'm stumped on how to get from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay. Anyone have any suggestions other then the obvious flying option. As far as I understand, the train terminates in Fairbanks. Are there any scheduled and reliable bus lines between the two cities?

Any suggestions out there?

[Edited 2008-08-09 12:02:32]


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User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2448 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8788 times:

According to Alaskaair.com you can take flight 55 from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay.... leaves FAI at 737am, arrives Prudhoe at 844am...


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8781 times:



Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 1):
According to Alaskaair.com you can take flight 55 from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay.... leaves FAI at 737am, arrives Prudhoe at 844am...

A noble effort, but ...

Quoting ACDC8 (Thread starter):
Anyone have any suggestions other then the obvious flying option.

... I was hoping more for ground transportation of sorts. Or if I do have no other options other then to fly, any other interesting carriers/aircraft available? Thanks though!

The flight back from SCC to ANC is on a B73Q, so that'll be pretty cool.



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User currently offlineAS737900 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8757 times:

I would say you could rent a car, but I think most companies have a rule that you can't drive the Dalton highway past a certain point, plus there probably are no car rental places in Prudhoe.

My suggestion is maybe you could post an ad on Craigslist or something saying you need a ride from Fairbanks to Prudhoe on such and such a date. I swear I've seen ads like that before... where people want a ride south and are willing to pay for gas, etc. but I can not remember where I actually saw them.


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8687 times:

First suggestion: Google 'driving the north slope' or other such word strings and read some of the sites you'll see. I've been no farther than a few miles north of Fairbanks but it is my impression that it is something on the order of 480 miles or so of gravel road with scenery refresh rate of about twice a year and that if you happen to look like a tree hugger you might not get much help from the passing traffic if you should break down. Not much out in the middle, no Holiday Inn at every offramp, so to speak.

A friend of mine with the time and money to do such things undertook the drive a few years back. He just gave up in the middle and turned around to come home. He loves the wild - used to live in a redwood stump - but said it was just boring.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8672 times:



Quoting AS737900 (Reply 3):
I would say you could rent a car, but I think most companies have a rule that you can't drive the Dalton highway past a certain point, plus there probably are no car rental places in Prudhoe.

I thought about that, I don't know if there are any restrictions to take the car on the Dalton Highway, but I doubt there is a car rental agency in Prudhoe, and if there were, I'm thinking that the drop off fee would be pretty high ....  Silly

Quoting AS737900 (Reply 3):
My suggestion is maybe you could post an ad on Craigslist or something saying you need a ride from Fairbanks to Prudhoe on such and such a date. I swear I've seen ads like that before... where people want a ride south and are willing to pay for gas, etc. but I can not remember where I actually saw them.

I'm not to much into hitch hiking and such, but good suggestion though.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 4):
Not much out in the middle, no Holiday Inn at every offramp, so to speak.

The cruise lines offers a coach tour starting in Fairbanks up to Coldfoot, spend a night there and then on to Prudhoe, so accommodations and possible break downs are covered with that .... Big grin



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8669 times:

It's too bad ANCflyer isn't still around here because he is security for the pipeline and spends a hell of a lot more time up there then I do.

Quoting ACDC8 (Thread starter):
I might as well really see a bit more of such a wonderous State, so I'm planning on continuing on to Prudhoe Bay

1st off, you aren't going to get to Prudhoe Bay. That is oil company land and you have to have permission to enter the property. You can get as far as Deadhorse, which is just a couple of miles short. I know the extremely expensive hotel at Deadhorse used to do a bus run to the arctic ocean but I don't know if that still happens.

I think Frontier might have a run up there. But I am going to warn you that the flights are extremely busy. We are having trouble the past two years getting our people up there.

Edit: I did check they do list SCC as a destination....http://www.frontierflying.com/ And a 1900 flies a lot lower...more to see!!!

Quoting ACDC8 (Thread starter):
Are there any scheduled and reliable bus lines between the two cities?

Not that I am aware of. We generally don't have real intercity bus service here. Just a couple of operators down on the Kenai running vans to Anchorage. Won't work in your situation.

Quoting AS737900 (Reply 3):
I would say you could rent a car, but I think most companies have a rule that you can't drive the Dalton highway past a certain point, plus there probably are no car rental places in Prudhoe

Oh yeah. Dalton, Denali, Skilak Lake Road, the road to Eagle, McCarthy, Manley Hot Springs all are the rental no-no list.

Usually if you want to drive that road you want to figure on replacing a windshield and probably at least 2 tires.

Have you considered renting a car or motorhome in Anchorage and then driving to FAI then over to Delta and then down back to Anchorage..A lot of people do that.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8628 times:



Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
It's too bad ANCflyer isn't still around here because he is security for the pipeline and spends a hell of a lot more time up there then I do.

I was thinking the same thing, I might have to get in touch with him. Actually, he still owes me the name/author of a book on BC Ferries I'm trying to find.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
1st off, you aren't going to get to Prudhoe Bay. That is oil company land and you have to have permission to enter the property. You can get as far as Deadhorse, which is just a couple of miles short. I know the extremely expensive hotel at Deadhorse used to do a bus run to the arctic ocean but I don't know if that still happens.

Can you tell I've never been up there?  Silly The brochure I have offers bus transportation to Deadhorse and a tour of the Prudhoe Bay facilities. It's a 2008/09 catalogue, so I'm assuming its pretty accurate. So then Prudhoe and Deadhorse are still fairly distant from each other? I figured that Deadhorse was just the name of the airport. Good to know though. I'm thinking that the tour package maybe the best bet.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
I think Frontier might have a run up there. But I am going to warn you that the flights are extremely busy. We are having trouble the past two years getting our people up there.

Edit: I did check they do list SCC as a destination....http://www.frontierflying.com/ And a 1900 flies a lot lower...more to see!!!

That would be a great flight, thanks for the link. I'll have to check that out. I'm surprised how cheap AS is on these runs. I honestly figured that they would have charged an arm and a leg.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
Not that I am aware of. We generally don't have real intercity bus service here. Just a couple of operators down on the Kenai running vans to Anchorage. Won't work in your situation.

Thats pretty well much all I found online as well. I would have though that going up farther north would have been a lucrative business in the summer/tourist months. Alaska is sounding more intriguing by the minute. I'm really starting to look forward to this trip now ...  Smile

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
Usually if you want to drive that road you want to figure on replacing a windshield and probably at least 2 tires.

That makes it sound even more fun .... Big grin

Quoting L-188 (Reply 6):
Have you considered renting a car or motorhome in Anchorage and then driving to FAI then over to Delta and then down back to Anchorage..A lot of people do that.

I was considering that, but the cruise is already 7 days and was only planning on adding maybe 3 or 4 days on. Maybe I'll just fly up to Barrow. Is it more accessible/tourist friendly then Prudhoe?

A big thanks to everyone's help. I really appreciate the insight!



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8586 times:



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 7):
That makes it sound even more fun ....

And the you have the BMW motorcycles that go cruising up that road...completely nuts.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 7):

Well you can definately get to the arctic ocean and there is Pepe's North of the Border for Mexican food, other then that I can't say...I have never been there.



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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8515 times:

Are AS' flights subsidized by the State?

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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8514 times:



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 4):
First suggestion: Google 'driving the north slope' or other such word strings and read some of the sites you'll see. I've been no farther than a few miles north of Fairbanks but it is my impression that it is something on the order of 480 miles or so of gravel road with scenery refresh rate of about twice a year and that if you happen to look like a tree hugger you might not get much help from the passing traffic if you should break down. Not much out in the middle, no Holiday Inn at every offramp, so to speak.

Kind of reminds me of going up the Alcan highway in 1956, Slammer.

When they needed crushed stone they'd blast it out of the nearest hillside, give it the once over and load it up for spreading...sharp as glass. It tore the hell out of the tires on grandfather's 1956 Mercury station wagon.

We ended up somewhere near Valdez....the tidal rise and fall and the inflow of fresh water was such that I sat on a rock and caught a Dolly Varden trout when the tide was out and several flounder when it came back in. We camped on the property of an old guy named Marlon Madsen, one of the original guys who'd come up in 1898 over the Chilkoot, didn't find anything, moved down around Valdez and built himself a cabin and went fishing.


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8512 times:



Quoting Dougloid (Reply 10):
going up the Alcan highway

I've wanted to do that since at least

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 10):
1956

A friend of the family was a catskinner who worked on that road. He worked as a catskinner, logging in northern California until well into his 80s which is not as uncommon as you might think.

My sister and her husband took their kids and my mom and drove their motorhome from nortthern California up to Fairbanks and back by way of Gaspé and Florida. Over sixteen thousand miles. Great trip.

Really like to do the drive one-way and fly the other but...

I remember a short documentary film about two guys who rode their motorcycles from the inhabited part of Canada across that route to Alaska before the road was built. Very intrepid indeed! And as if that wasn't enough - they were riding BSA singles!  Wow!



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8491 times:



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 11):
I remember a short documentary film about two guys who rode their motorcycles from the inhabited part of Canada across that route to Alaska before the road was built. Very intrepid indeed! And as if that wasn't enough - they were riding BSA singles!

Grandmother and Grandfather had planned this trip for a while and decided to take me along. As I was a little runt I got the front seat and they got the air mattresses on the platform Grandfather had built in the back of the new Merc, which was equipped with a 292 cid V8, a three speed and overdrive. Grandfather had equipped it with dual exhausts and Hollywood mufflers. We left from New Jersey, crossed over into Ontario in the Thousand Islands, dropped back into the states at Sault Ste. Marie, throught Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and up to Calgary and Edmonton where everyone heated their homes with free wellhead gas....Dawson Creek, Whitehorse, and then ending the trip near Valdez. We camped for a week or so and then headed home via a slightly different route through the Great Plains and the midwest.

Quite an adventure for an 8 year old boy, too.

Grandfather was an old blue water sailor. He rolled Bull Durham with one hand while driving, and he would start his day with three fingers of rye, neat. Then he'd brush his one tooth, shave, put his dentures in, splash his face with Dominica Bay Rum and he'd say to Grandmother "Well, Jess, where are we headin' today?" (My grandmother was named Jessie).

A few years later he taught me the Bull Durham trick, which sort of annoyed my father. I believe the three fingers of rye was to take the edge off his arthritis as well as a habit of all sailors worthy of the name.


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