One of the major advantages of traveling with the Alaska Marine Highway that makes the system a unique way to experience Alaska is your option to bring a vehicle. Whether your personal vehicle of choice is a bicycle, motorcycle, car, motor home or even a kayak, bring it along and make the most of your trip to Alaska.
Traveling with a vehicle is easy and allows you the option to customize your own itinerary. Join our route from one of our southern ports and ride north to the head of the Inside Passage, or further on to the Kenai Peninsula where you can connect with the land based road systems. Or reverse your route, when its time for someone else to do the driving, pick a port and let us take you home.
Car deck space sells out quickly, so if you are planning a trip on the Alaska Marine Highway with a vehicle, please plan ahead.
When transporting a vehicle the cost of a vehicle does not include the driver. Any vehicle that may be driven or towed legally on a highway may be transported on an AMHS ferry. Vehicle fares are determined by the overall length and width of the vehicle. Do not attempt to estimate your vehicle length, you must accurately measure your vehicle to avoid additional charges and the potential for being moved to a later sailing due to size restrictions.
Due to configuration of the MV Tustumena car deck, width restrictions apply. Please contact our central reservations office at 1-800-642-0066 for details.
Vehicles 103-107 inches wide will be charged approximately 125% of the fare listed for the vehicle length. Vehicles 108 inches wide and over will be charged approximately 150% of the fare listed for the vehicle length. When transporting a towed trailer or vehicle, the overall connected length is used to determine fares. Do not attempt to estimate your vehicle length. Vehicles must be measured and booked accurately to ensure space availability onboard. Vehicles are subject to measuring at the terminal on date of departure and will be charged for the additional length and/or width if space is available. If no additional space is available for vehicles booked incorrectly, the next available sailing may be reserved.
Drivers of vehicles with long overhangs are advised that, due to the large tidal range of Alaskan waters (up to 40 feet in some places), the angle of the transfer ramp may cause damage to undercarriage units such as holding tanks or plumbing. Vehicles longer than 25 feet may have trouble clearing the top of the car deck door at low tide. AMHS is not responsible for damage caused by the angle of the transfer ramp.
Fares for recreational vehicles are the same as for other vehicles of the same size. However, for information purposes, these vehicles are booked under a separate code, so if you are traveling with an RV, please indicate that when you make your reservation. United States Coast Guard regulations prohibit access to the car deck while a vessel is underway, so RVs and motor homes may not be used for dining and sleeping while on an AMHS ferry ship. Electrical hookups for vehicle refrigeration units are not available, and bottled gas containers must be turned off and sealed by an AMHS employee at the time of boarding.
RV’s, motor homes, busses, vans, and flat-bed trucks will be limited to a maximum overhang of 6 feet past the rear axle. (6’ from the rear axle to a 12” high rear bumper)
No vehicles with a distance greater than 6 feet from the rear axle to the rear bumper will be permitted to load or unload in Gustavus. The distance from the rear bumper to the ground may not measure less than 12 inches. Box trucks with pintle hitches and lift gates attached are also restricted.
RV’s, motor homes, campers, and flat-beds may not exceed the rear axle guidelines and may not have a tow vehicle attached (i.e. small trailer, car or boat).
Vehicles with trailers will be limited to a boat trailer length of 20 feet. Containers will also be limited to a length of 20 feet.
For truck and trailer combinations, the trailer/box portion cannot exceed 20 feet in length. This rule also applies to containers, vans, and box-trucks.
Non-drivable vehicles and vehicles not accompanied by a driver will be assessed a surcharge of $50 to and from Bellingham, $20 to and from Prince Rupert, and $10 to and from all other ports. AMHS does not provide for loading or off-loading vehicles; it is the shipper's responsibility to provide this service. If the shipper makes no arrangement to load the vehicle, it will not be loaded. If the shipper makes no arrangement to remove the vehicle from a vessel on arrival, one of the following actions will be taken at the discretion of AMHS: the vehicle will remain on the vessel and the shipper will be charged for additional shipping; the vehicle will be removed from the vessel by a commercial towing company at the shipper's expense; or AMHS will remove the vehicle and the shipper will be charged $100 before the vehicle is released.
Additional restrictions apply to the FVF Fairweather and MV LeConte during the summer season. Unaccompanied vehicles may be reserved but passengers should be aware that travel is conditional and will be at the sole discretion of the vessel Master. Conditional reservations for unaccompanied vehicles will apply only when sailings are routed through a community with an unmanned terminal. Short turnaround times and loading restrictions can cause lengthy delays when dealing with unaccompanied vehicles and will be loaded at the discretion of the vessel Master.
All motorcycles must be fully secured on the car deck using appropriate tie-downs. It is the responsibility of the owner to bring proper tie-downs and to ensure the motorcycle is properly secured. See our Fares page for charges for motorcycles without trailers. Please note that motorcycles are considered 10 foot vehicles without a trailer.