Fairbanks Travel Guide

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Getting Around Fairbanks

The best way to get around Fairbanks is by car or by using MACS Transit, the city's bus system. Many visitors arrive in Fairbanks by train, although most fly into Fairbanks International Airport (FAI), which sits just 5 miles southwest of downtown and is accessible by MACS Transit's yellow line. The airport is serviced by a handful of major carriers (including Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines), as well as several small Alaskan carriers. 

Bus

MACS Transit is Fairbanks' fixed route bus system, offering nine, color-coded routes throughout the city, including service to top attractions like Pioneer Park and the University of Alaska Museum of the North. A single fare for adults (ages 19 to 59) costs $1.50; children between 6 and 18 can ride for $0.75. An all-day pass offering unlimited rides is $3. Most routes operate from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with more limited Saturday service. There is no Sunday service offered.

Taxi

Most taxis in Fairbanks operate 24 hours a day, but you will have to call to get a ride, as most companies do not have websites. And don't be surprised if your ride is a pick-up truck. To view a full list of available companies, take a look at the airport's website. Ride-hailing services from Uber and Lyft are also available in and around the city.

Car

Driving in the city of Fairbanks is easy, but if you visit in the winter months and plan to explore outside city limits, a four-wheel drive vehicle or one with quality snow tires is recommended. Several car rental agencies have locations at the Fairbanks airport.

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