Bellingham | (BEL) | 'belinh haem
"One Destination, Many Adventures"
Bellingham, Washington is our southernmost terminus at 595 nautical miles south of Ketchikan and is conveniently located an hour-and-a-half drive from Seattle, Washington and one hour from Vancouver, British Columbia. Bellingham's multi-modal facility offers train, bus, Alaska, and San Juan Island ferry service, all in one location. Shuttle services are available for travel between the terminal and major airports. Multiple airlines offer daily flights between Bellingham and other US destinations. The ferry terminal and visitor information center are adjacent to the historic Fairhaven district. With direct ferry service from Bellingham to Ketchikan, a passport is not required to travel between Alaska and the "Lower 48".
- Adventure abounds in the area with hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, running, climbing, camping, sailing and much more.
- Ranked second in the nation for arts businesses per capita, Bellingham shines with arts and heritage activities.
- Visit the small communities that surround Bellingham or ski, snowboard or just enjoy the scenery of Mt. Baker.
- With 140 miles of marine shoreline and 100,000 acres of highly productive farmland, Bellingham and Whatcom County are a fresh food haven.
- Visit www.bellingham.org for more information on available activities and accommodations.
A mainline ferry departs Bellingham, Washington every Friday year-round on a week-long voyage through the Inside Passage including stops in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Haines, and Skagway. In the summer, the MV Kennicott also departs every other Saturday on our very popular cross-gulf route. This vessel heads through the Inside Passage and across the Gulf of Alaska connecting not only the "Lower 48" to Alaska, but Southeast Alaska to South Central and Southwest Alaska.
Below are some ideas to help you plan your trip to Alaska. Please note that availability and routing on your particular date of travel may vary from the suggested itinerary. Also, the voyage from Bellingham takes approximately a day and a half to get to Ketchikan or four-and-a-half days to Whittier.