Getting around

By far, the easiest way to get around Fairbanks is by car. Of course that you can make the trip without a car but expect it to be very costly if you are dependent on taxis and/or tour operators to get you around. If you choose to stay out at some places about an hour or so out of Fairbanks, where they do have a lot of winter activities, and a basic restaurant. Be prepared, however, for high prices for everything.
The downtown area of Fairbanks to be limited, with only a couple of gift shops or restaurants nearby,. . .though stay in Fairbanks downtown would be easier to getting around without a car.
Northern lights and tours to view will be more available in Fairbanks, and definitely have mushing tours available too. Find tours here!

Car rental

Major car rental companies are located at the airport and downtown.
If you’re arriving in the peak time during aurora viewing or summer months, plan ahead, as most rental companies are pretty much sold out. In the early spring and summer, cars are often not available without reservations, and even if they are, be prepared to pay top-dollar for them, especially four-wheel-drive vehicles.

In winter, it is important to get a 4 wheel or all wheel drive car. The mid-size or larger car with snow tires does help a lot. Even in summer, you have to take a good look at your vehicle and check all tires- a good car is an essential of an overwhelming trip in wilderness!

How old must you be to rent a car in Alaska?
This is more dependent on the car rental company than the state. As long as you have a valid, unrestricted driver’s license, you can drive any car. Renting a car under age 25 is possible, but pricey… Most car rental companies do not let anyone under the age of 25 rents a car. Please call rental company to confirm your reservation before your trip to Fairbanks, Alaska.


Fairbanks Car Rental Companies

All in alphabetical order, some of them offer weekly or even monthly rates. You will need to call directly to get details on latest offerings and specials.

Alamo Rent A Car
6450 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK ‎
Fairbanks International Airport
(907) 451-8234

Alaska Auto Rental
2375 University Ave S, Fairbanks, AK 99709.

Alaska Travel Center, GoNorth & PARA Tours
P.O. Box 60147, Fairbanks, AK 99706-147.
(907) 479-7272. toll free: 1-866-236-7272

Alaska Dial-A-Car
4500 Dale Road, Fairbanks.
(907) 474-0177

Arctic Rent-A-Car
4500 Dale Road, Fairbanks.
(907) 479-8044

Avis Car Rental
6450 Airport Way, Ste 5,
(907) 474-0900

Dalton Highway Outfitters
PO Box 82720, Fairbanks, Alaska 99708,

Dollar Rent A Car
6450 Airport Way #15,
(907) 451-4360 ‎

Hertz Rent A Car
Fairbanks Int. Airport, Airport Way & Cushman
Toll free # 1-800-654-3131
Local Fairbanks (907) 452-4444 or 456-4004
TDD Worldwide reservations 1-800-654-2280.

Kendall Toyota of Fairbanks (formerly Auto Service Company),
1000 Cadillac Ct, Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 456-6217

National Car Rental
Fairbanks, International Airport, AK 99709

Public Bus System:

Metropolitan Area Commuter System (MACS) is the public bus system for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Please double check with them in details before you decide to take buses.


Yellow Cab (907) 455-5555:

Arctic Taxi (907) 455-0000:

Alaska Cab & King Cab (907)452-2222:

Eagle Cab (888)-455-2379:


Shuttles & Small Tour Operators

Airlink Shuttle & Tours (907) 452-3337:

Alaska/Yukon Trails (907) 888-5659; (907) 479-2277: (800)266-8625; (907)245-0200:

Dalton Highway Express
Phone – (907) 474-3555
PO Box 82991, Fairbanks, AK 99708

Gray Line of Alaska (888)452-1737

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