Whittier Tunnel Schedule
Use the timetable below to plan your trip through the Whittier Tunnel. To ensure you make the tunnel, check out local Peter D’s suggested leave times from Girdwood & Anchorage. When planning out which tunnel you should take keep in mind there can be a delay in the opening. To be safe, give yourself 20-30 minutes to get through the tunnel and make it where you need to be.
Whittier Tunnel Tickets start at $13. All tickets are round trip. Check out the tunnels fees for different sized vehicles.
|Open in the Summer
May 1st to Sept. 30th.
|Open in the Winter||❄️|
|Oversize Vehicles: Only allowed on Mon. – Thur.||🚛|
Time to Leave
“So you don’t miss the tunnel or hurry & get a speeding ticket”
You can enter into Whittier on the bottom of the hour (at the 1/2 hour mark). Traffic leaves Whittier on the top of the hour.
|Girdwood||Whittier||Only open for
15 minutes each way.
|4:00 AM||5:00 AM||5:30 AM||☀️|
|6:00 AM||6:00 AM||☀️|
|5:00 AM||6:00 AM||6:30 AM||🚛☀️|
|7:00 AM||7:00 AM||❄️☀️|
|6:00 AM||7:00 AM||7:30 AM||❄️☀️|
|8:00 AM||8:00 AM||🚛❄️☀️|
|7:00 AM||8:00 AM||8:30 AM||❄️☀️|
|9:00 AM||9:00 AM||❄️☀️|
|8:00 AM||9:00 AM||9:30 AM||❄️☀️|
|10:00 AM||10:00 AM||❄️☀️|
|9:00 AM||10:00 AM||10:30 AM||❄️☀️|
|11:00 AM||11:00 AM||❄️☀️|
|10:00 AM||11:00 AM||11:30 AM||❄️☀️|
|12:00 PM||12:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|11:00 AM||12:00 PM||12:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|1:00 PM||1:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|12:00 PM||1:00 PM||1:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|2:00 PM||2:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|1:00 PM||2:00 PM||2:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|3:00 PM||3:00 PM||🚛❄️☀️|
|2:00 PM||3:00 PM||3:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|4:00 PM||4:00 PM||🚛❄️☀️|
|3:00 PM||4:00 PM||4:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|5:00 PM||5:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|4:00 PM||5:00 PM||5:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|6:00 PM||6:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|5:00 PM||6:00 PM||6:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|7:00 PM||7:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|6:00 PM||7:00 PM||7:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|8:00 PM||8:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|7:00 PM||8:00 PM||8:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|9:00 PM||9:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|8:00 PM||9:00 PM||9:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|10:00 PM||10:00 PM||❄️☀️|
|9:00 PM||10:00 PM||10:30 PM||❄️☀️|
|11:00 PM||11:00 PM||☀️|
Meeting a cruise ship in Whittier?
Ex. Cruise departs at 9am – plan to catch the 7:30am to 7:45am tunnel. If you arrive early, there are a couple of nice restaurants and coffee shops to check out with a bonus of spectacular scenery to take in.
Refer to our detailed Whittier Tunnel Timetable for help planning out your trip to Whittier.
Getting to the Whittier Tunnel
The Whittier Tunnel is a dual highway tunnel acting as the passage way into and out of Whittier. This tunnel is one lane, shared by cars and trains, so make sure you plan ahead! If you’re driving from Anchorage, Whittier Local, Peter D, suggests you leave an hour and a half before the tunnel opening you plan to go through. If you’re leaving from Girdwood, make sure you’re passing the Tesoro gas station at least 30 minutes before the Whittier Tunnel opening. Refer to our Whittier Tunnel Timetable for detailed planning.
Click the google map below for directions to the Whittier Tunnel:
Everything you need to know to plan your trip to Whittier
The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, better known as the Whittier Tunnel, is the longest dual-use, or bimodal, highway tunnel in North America. It is a unique passage into and out of the town of Whittier and the gateway to Prince William Sound and all the fun it has to offer.
Driving through a oneway tunnel shared by cars and trains is definitely a unique adventure to experience (don’t worry they aren’t using it at the same time)! It does involve some planning though. (Refer to the Whittier Tunnel Schedule.) This one lane tunnel spans 2.5 miles in length. Cars depart from Bear Valley (Portage Valley) at the top fo the hour (for a 15 minute window). Cars depart from Whittier at the bottom of the hour. For more details see our time table above.
The Whittier tunnel suggests arriving 10 minutes prior to your opening. It’s definitely NOT a waste of time to arrive early. Both staging areas offer plenty of beautiful scenery for you to soak up.
Whittier Tunnel History
The tunnel was originally only for trains, but demand for easier access to the beautiful Prince William Sound spurred the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to build a roadway through the tunnel. By 2000, people were able to drive to Whittier for adventure.
Things to do in Whittier & on the way
Poki Charters – Adventures in Prince William Sound