The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is a 3,500-mile water “highway” from Bellingham, WA, through Alaska’s Inside Passage and on to Alaska’s Aleutian Chain. The state-run ferry system connects coastal Alaska towns, not otherwise connected to the road system, to provide reliable, economical, year-round transportation service to 33 Alaska ports as well as Bellingham and Prince Rupert, BC.
The AMHS is a vital part of Alaska’s transportation system and a route so special, it has been designated a National Scenic Byway, and earned the title of an “All-American Road” by the Federal Highway Administration.
The ferry is the preferred method of transportation for anyone traveling through Southeast Alaska with a vehicle and can transport large vehicles such as motorhomes. Hands down, the ferry is the most relaxing, beautiful way to experience the Inside Passage.
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry system is a great way to experience Alaska’s Inside Passage – however, visitors have lots of other options for getting to and around the many areas of the region.
Want to connect by water? Check out local ferry options like the Inter-Island Ferry Authority, which connects Prince of Wales Island with Ketchikan, the Alaska Fjordlines ferry, which connects Juneau with Haines, and the Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry.
Water Taxis, Charter Boats and Charter Flights
Headed out to a remote location for hunting, fishing, or just some quiet time in Southeast Alaska? Our communities can direct you to local options for water taxis, charter boats, and/or charter flights.
Major air carriers serve Southeast Alaska from both Seattle and Anchorage. Alaska Airlines has daily flights available year-round from either city, and Delta Airlines provides seasonal service from Seattle in the summer.
Once in the region, smaller planes connect the various towns, villages, and remote locations throughout the Inside Passage. Alaska Seaplanes, Island Air Express, Taquan Air, and Harris Aircraft Services offer scheduled daily flights and charter services in their regional operations.