How do I get to the Kenai Peninsula?

Travelling between the popular Alaskan destinations of Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula is extremely easy with plenty of transportation options available depending on your budget and travel timeline including self-driving, flying, and catching public transport in the form of bus/coach services.

These regions are relatively close together so regardless of how you decide to travel, it won't take you too long to reach your final destination and start your holiday. 

Driving from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula 

Driving from Anchorage is one of the most popular ways of getting from the bustling city to the Kenai Peninsula as it allows for greater flexibility (you can stop at some really cool locations along the way) and will only take you approximately 3 hours in light traffic. While there are some unpaved roads along the route, most of the journey is on major highways (AK-1) that feature easy-to-read road signage for convenient navigation. These highways are regularly maintained so you shouldn't come to any problems, however, there may be traffic congestion if there are works underway so keep that in mind when planning your journey. 

If you're travelling at night, or during the winter months, be wary of frost, ice, or snow on the roads as this can be extremely hazardous if you're not aware or driving too fast. To make sure you're prepared, have your vehicle fitted with snow tires before you leave Anchorage. You should also be aware of wild animals (think elk, moose, and black bears) crossing sections of the highway and slow down accordingly or move around them if it's safe to do so. 

Catching public transport from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula 

If you don't fancy self-driving from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula, there are a heap of public transportation options that'll take you between the two destinations with the most popular being via the state's bus network. Catching the bus is also one of the cheapest options with fares starting at around AUD$160 for a single pass but there are multi-passes available as well if you plan on making the return trip or continuing your holiday elsewhere which lowers the price per trip. However, the journey by bus will take upwards of 3 hours, making it the longest way to travel from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. 

Other options include hiring a driver with a private vehicle to take you from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula or booking transportation with the Alaska Bus Company for a passenger shuttle service. 

Flying from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula 

While there's no domestic airport on the Kenai Peninsula, the town of Kenai is home to a smaller, regional airport (Kenai Municipal Airport) that facilitates regular flights offered by small plane operators such as Kenai Aviation. These flights come in daily from all over Alaska, including Anchorage (Ted Stevens International Airport), and promise a unique perspective of this region's beautiful landscape.

Flying from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula only takes about half an hour, so it's more of a scenic flight than the ones you're probably used to. Despite this, they're not super expensive with flight prices starting at AUD$200 during the low/shoulder seasons. However, flights from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula aren't scheduled every day so it's recommended you plan out your trip well in advance and book your flights as soon as you know your travel dates to ensure you're flying on the dates you want. 

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