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Route from Skagway to Fairbanks via Whitehorse

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Route from Skagway to Fairbanks via Whitehorse

We're planning a trip in July 2009, and would like to travel from Skagway using the White Pass train/bus combo to Whitehorse. But then we're stuck. I've read on TA that renting a one-way car is really expensive, and that flying to Fairbanks is a better option. That means missing the beautiful scenery along the way. Is there a tour bus that will take us, possibly stopping along the way? Or is there a better alternative, by-passing Whitehorse altogether? Thanks for any advice out there!


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1. Re: Route from Skagway to Fairbanks via Whitehorse

Hi Alison

The problem with renting one-way from Whitehorse to Fairbanks is that you would be renting in one country (Canada) and returning the car in another country (US).....you may find it impossible to do that regardless of the cost....

One alternative would be to fly into Juneau, take the ferry to Haines just 12 miles short of Skagway, but if you drive north from Haines to Fairbanks it would be 200+ miles shorter to drive.....you could rent a car in Juneau or Haines, but again the one-way rental will be more expensive.....

How much time will you have for your trip ?.....you may want to rent a car and make a circle trip (Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, GlenAllen then back to Haines to return the car).....

A second alternative would be to fly into Whitehorse and rent a car (strong American $$ right now)....do the circle trip and return the car back in Whitehorse.....

There are also a few bus trips that tour from Whitehorse, but not sure of the routes.....maybe Murray can help you out with those.....

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2. Re: Route from Skagway to Fairbanks via Whitehorse

We did this train/bus trip from Skagway to Whitehorse in June 2008,it was excellent, great commentry on the train and spectactular scenery. We also would have liked to have driven to Fairbanks but couldn't do so. We hired a car (pre booked with Norcan) in Whitehorse and did the circle - Haines Junction, Beaver Creek, Tok, Dawson City, Mayo, Whitehorse.

Then we flew Air North from Whitehorse to Fairbanks, the flight stopped at Dawson City and Old Crow (which was a bonus as we flew quite low and got to see the fantastic scenery way up north)then onto Fairbanks.

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3. Re: Route from Skagway to Fairbanks via Whitehorse

we did Yukon/Alaska trip last summer.It was definitely one of the best holidays we ever had.It's not for everybody.You won't find many McDonalds,crowded shopping malls and bowling alleys in the Yukon.

We flew to Whitehorse,drove up to Dawson City,continued to Tok Alaska,then to Anchorage and on to Kenai peninsula and then we drove back the same way to Tok and from Alaska we took the Alaska higway through magical Kluane park.Then again we arrived at Whitehorse and from there it's not that far to Skagway.So we basically did a loop trip,covered lots of miles and loved every inch of that drive.Get ready for real adventure!!!!!!!!!!

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4. Re: Route from Skagway to Fairbanks via Whitehorse

Thanks for your input! (Apologies for the delay getting back to this forum too!) After reading your entries, we decided to scrap that route this time around. But based on what you've all written, it sure sounds like it's worth the while to see the Yukon. Something to plan for another time...

Thanks again,


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