I will be visiting Anchorage in June. My family of 19 will be going on a HAL cruise from Seward. But before beginning the cruise, we will be able to spend 3 days in Anchorage. We hope to visit Chugach State Park, the Alaska museum, the Alaska Cultural Center, and bike on the Tony Cowles trail. I am trying to think about car rental while we are there.
The first of our group will arrive at ANC at 5:30 a.m. They will need to rent a car in order to drive to our bed & breakfast. Most of the car rental facilities seem to be on Spenard Road - apparently quite a distance from the airport. Will there be rental company shuttles operating at that time in the morning?
And then, when it is time to leave Anchorage, we will be taking the 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning train. The rental car drivers in our group will need to drop the rest of us off at the train station, which is, as I understand, at 411 West 1st Avenue. Then they will return the cars to the rental company. But I don't think the rental offices will be open yet. I wonder if there is a way to drop the cars off while the offices are closed. And, then, how can the drivers get back to the train station? Are there any rental car companies that are within walking distance of the train station? I wonder how long this whole process will take? Alaska Railroad suggests we arrive an hour before the train departs. The B&B is about 15 minutes away from downtown. Is there anyone who has gone through this process before?