Car deck space sells out quickly, so if you are planning a trip on the Alaska
State ferry with a vehicle, please plan ahead and reservations are necessary. We
are happy to help you plan your trip – give us a call 1-800-382-9229 toll free
US or Canada / 1 907-235-7099 International Callers
Any vehicle that may be driven or towed legally on a highway may be transported
on any Alaska State ferry. Most ferries carry vehicles up to 60’ feet but some
ports do have restrictions.
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. The ceilings on the car decks are 13' feet
6 inches high and you are not charged by the height or weight only by the length
and the width if it is over 102 inches wide.
All motorcycles must be fully secured on the car deck using appropriate
tie-downs. It is the responsibility of the motorcycle owner to bring tie-downs
and to ensure the motorcycle is properly secured.
When transporting a towed trailer or vehicle, the overall connected length and
width is used to determine fares. If your vehicle is 103 -107 inches wide you
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. The M/V Tustumena charges a wide rate for any
vehicle over 96” wide.
Do not attempt to estimate your vehicle length. Vehicles must be measured and
booked accurately to ensure space availability onboard. Vehicles booked
incorrectly are subject to measuring at the terminal on date of departure and
will be charged for the additional length and/or width provided the additional
footage is even available.
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. The Alaska Marine Highway 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 Alaska State
ferry ship. Electrical hookups for vehicle refrigeration units are not
available, and bottled gas containers must be turned off and sealed by an Alaska
Marine Highway employee at the time of boarding.
Unaccompanied Vehicles and Commercial Equipment
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. Unaccompanied vehicles cannot be shipped on the
M/V Fairweather fast vehicle ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway does not provide
for loading or off-loading vehicles; it is the shipper's responsibility to
provide this service. Special booking procedures are required – Call
1-800-642-0066 to make a reservation for unaccompanied or commercial equipment.
Call 1-800-382-9229 for all other ferry reservations and with assistance loading
and off-loading. For more information on
loading and off-loading an unaccompanied vehicle, click here.
Vehicle Restrictions for the Port of Gustavus
reference to Gustavus Vehicle Restrictions
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
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.