Traveling to Haines - Part of the Adventure
There are a few ways to get to Haines: plane, ferry or automobile. If you are traveling from the Lower 48 of the US, flying to Juneau from Seattle via Alaska Airlines is the usually the most accommodating. If you are traveling from Canada or Europe, flying to Whitehorse via Vancouver may be the best choice.
From Juneau, you will either ferry (www.alaskamarinehighway.com) or fly (www.flyalaskaseaplanes.com) to Haines. The ferry is scheduled approximately 5 days out of 7 and is rarely cancelled due to weather. The ferry is 4.5 hours and the cost is approximately $35 per person. Flights are 35 minutes and the cost is approximately $120 per person. Flights are on occasion cancelled due to weather so it is always smart to include the ferry in your travel arrangement or rely on it as a back up if flights are cancelled. Mountain Flying Service offers charters at $450 per planeload one way Haines to Juneau or reverse. They can take 2, 3 or 4 passengers at a time. Generally, with 2 or 3 passengers they can get all your gear in the same trip.
From Whitehorse, there is only one option for travelling to Haines. You must rent a car for the four-hour drive to Haines, Alaska. The drive is remarkable, and the road is clear and drivable almost every day of the season. Depending on flight costs, renting a car and driving to Haines from Whitehorse may be the least expensive option.
Driving to Haines via the Cassiar and the Alaska Highway are options as well, especially if you plan to stay in Haines for a longer duration and wish to spend less money on travel as well as have your own vehicle in Haines. Be sure to check road conditions on both routes as well as bring extra fuel for Cassiar travel.
Arriving in Haines - OMG this place is Amazing!
Yes, you will be overwhelmed if this is your first visit to Haines, Alaska. The ferry, flight or drive will have been amazing and hopefully extremely scenic, but now you are here and you don't know where to go or what to do. You only want someone to take you by the hand and lead you to those majestic mountains that are all around you.
Here is what's next. If you are on a ski bum or deluxe package and are not driving from Whitehorse, we will be greeting you at your arrival location, which is either the airport or the ferry terminal. Ski bum package customers will be assisted with grocery and beverage shopping in town before you are transported to your lodging located 35 miles from town. Deluxe package customers will be assisted with shopping as well, but your meals are prepared for you so shopping will be held to mostly beverages.
If you are on the town package, you will have made a reservation for a vehicle prior to your arrival and that company will meet you at your arrival location. Please contact us immediately and plan your drive to base, which is 35 miles from town.
Drivers from Whitehorse will arrive at base before entering town so make sure we know your ETA. Stop by at least to say "Hi" if you are headed to town (we may need something and it could save us the drive!)
Departing Haines - It's hard to leave but you could always become a Haines resident!
You will probably be leaving the same way you arrived, but please keep in mind that there is a chance that planes may not be flying to Juneau due to weather so keep that ferry schedule as a back up so you don't get "stuck" due to bad weather. But you're always welcome to stick around!