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This is a one way tunnel used by vehicles from Anchorage on the half hour, vehicles from Whittier on the hour and used by the Alaskan Railway in between!
You have to pay going into Whittier, which includes your trip back out. You line up...More
But very different to your usual road tunnels. Abiding to the 25 mph speed limit it takes between 7-8 minutes to pass through this very rare joint road & rail tunnel from Portage to Whittier. As this is a single lane operation this is only...More
This is the only way to enter Whittier by car. It costs $ 13 to enter, no cost when leaving Whittier. The tunnel is 2.5 miles long and has railroad tracks as the Alaskan RR travels through the tunnel. Cars line up in a staging...More
This tunnel offers the only road into Whittier. It is a single lane that accommodates both cars and trains and switches directions every 30 minutes. Drilled under a mountain for several miles, it is a long straight road with a ceiling high enough to allow...More
It was rainy in Anchorage so we decided to road-trip to Whittier via this tunnel. It was originally built to service military needs, and once in Whittier you can see the giant abandoned barracks there. The tunnel goes in the half-hour, and out on the...More
The tunnel opens at 6:00 a.m. leaving Whittier and every hour after that. They only allow so many through the tunnel to make sure it is clear for traffic coming into Whittier on every half hour. The toll to drive through... More
The tunnel opens at 6:00 a.m. leaving Whittier and every hour after that. They only allow so many through the tunnel to make sure it is clear for traffic coming into Whittier on every half hour. The toll to drive through the tunnel depends on how many axles you truck has. If it is a pick up truck it should be $13. The tunnel itself is only 2.5 miles long, about 10 minutes. It is the line to get into the tunnel that takes the most time. So if you are in a time crunch I would immediately leave the ferry and get in line. I cannot image the ferry dock is far. Whittier is a very very small community. I know you can see the tunnel from where the cruise ships dock and the Whittier Hotel.