Car hire in Anchorage, Alaska
On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car in the biggest city in Alaska, Anchorage, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in the U.S., please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.
Car hire at Anchorage Airport
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (airport code: ANC) is the largest airport in Alaska, and one of the busiest airports in North America. It services many international flights, including flights to and from Europe.
Eight of the largest and most well-known car rental firms are represented at the airport. You can find all their offices in a car rental centre close to the south terminal. Free shuttle buses take passengers from all terminals to the centre, and they leave every 15 minutes throughout the day and night. The bus stops are very easy to find right outside every terminal.
Keep in mind that you musn’t drive your rental car on unpaved roads, and that unpaved roads can be quite common in the Alaskan countryside. It is also important to plan your route in advance. We also recommend that you have a GPS in the car. A GPS can be added to your booking. Alaska’s road network is not as developed as in other states in America, and some roads are simply dead ends.
Where to go around Anchorage
Renting a car in Alaska is the absolute best way of getting around the state’s different parts. It also gives an extra dimension to the nature experiences. Driving around Alaska’s stunning scenery really is an experience like no other. Below we’ll mention a few of our favourite spots in the area.
Denali State Park
The fantastic Denali State Park is just over three hour’s drive north of Anchorage. Denali State Park is part of the Denali National Park. It has the continent’s highest mountain (Mount McKinley), and the scenery in the Park is absolutely amazing. There are mountains, valleys, glaciers and forest. However, be aware that not all roads in the Park are paved.
The town of Palmer is an approximate hour-long drive north of Anchorage. The city is known for its agriculture, and there are many traditional houses. A little north of Palmer there is also an amazing mountain pass called Hatcher Pass. Here you’ll find several excellent ski slopes and other winter sports facilities.
Two and a half hours south of Anchorage, on a bay by the sea, is the beautiful town of Seward. The city is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and it’s possible to go on a little cruise around the area. Seward is one of the larger cities in the area, and it has a very nice town centre with both shops and restaurants.