Because Petersburg is located
on an island, it is accessible only by air or water. A major
airline, the Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry), and regional
or local charter aircraft and boat operators provide transportation
to and from the island.
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Airlines (800-252-7522) provides twice-daily jet
service, originating in Seattle, Washington, and Anchorage,
Alaska, with several stops in-between. See route map of all
Airline Destinations. L.A.B. Flying Service provides
service between Petersburg, Juneau, and nearby Kake on Kupreanof
Island with single- and dual-engine aircraft. Several smaller
charter aircraft services flying fixed-wing float and
wheeled aircraft provide access to and from Petersburg, to
outlying areas, and to Forest Service cabins.
Alaska Marine Highway
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Alaska Marine Highway System (800-642-0066) serves
Petersburg with several ferries. The main departure points
heading north to Petersburg are Bellingham, Washington, and
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, which connects with
the British Columbia Ferry system.. From the north, the ferry
system is accessible from the Alcan Highway at Skagway (via
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) or at Haines (via Haines Junction,
Yukon Territory). Ferries stop at several Southeast Alaska
cities enroute. Petersburg is located well outside the sea
lanes traversed by large cruise ships. However, several smaller
cruise lines make Petersburg a port of call, including Alaska
Sightseeing Tours/Cruise West (800-426-7702). These
ships range from yacht size to over 200-feet and carry up
to 200 passengers.
In the spring and fall,
Petersburg's Tides Inn and the Alaska Marine Highway host
the Elderhostel Southeast Alaska explorations trips.
By Land (but still requiring
a ferry ride):
For those driving south from the Yukon and Interior Alaska,
the ferry system is accessible from the Alcan Highway at Whitehorse
through the Skagway and Haines Alaska terminals.
For those traveling west on the
Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway 16 through western Canada,
the Alaska Marine Highway and Petersburg are accessible from
Prince Rupert, Canada. Canadian
VIA Rail, Greyhound
Bus Lines,and also BC
Ferries to Vancouver Island and Canadas Inside Passage,
join with the Alaska Marine Highway system in Prince Rupert.
You may have to wait a few days for the next ferry. Take time
to check the schedules.
For those traveling through the
Pacific Northwest and California, the southern terminus of
the Alaska Marine Highway is in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham
is 70 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Amtrak,
Bus and the Interstate Highway system all lead to the
Alaska ferry terminal in Bellingham.
Travel (800-327-2571) specializes in trip planning
to and within Alaska. They are a contract agent for the Alaska
Marine Highway System and can provide updated information
on ferry schedules. They also serve as a booking agent for
Alaska Airlines, cruise lines, and adventure tours and sport
fishing charters around Petersburg.
Petersburg is slightly off the
beaten path, but we think you'll find it well worth the effort
to get here!
Then, of course, there is always the Valhalla...