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Despite its inland location, Fairbanks is well connected to the Alaskan shore and other parts of the United States by rail, highways and through its international airport. The several highways that lead into Fairbanks are the Richardson Highway, George Parks Highway, Steese Highway, and Elliot Highway. The Dalton Highway is also nearby and leads to Prudhoe Bay along the North Shore, where much oil drilling currently takes place.
The Alaska Railroad provides service between Anchorage and Fairbanks for both freight and passengers, with a journey time of about 12 hours for 360 miles due to rugged terrain that limits the trains’ speed to less than 40 miles an hour (and often much less) at all times. Service is daily during the summer (tourist season) from May to September, but drops to one trip north on Saturdays, and a return trip south on Sundays. See Alaska Railroad WebsiteThe Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) is located just southwest of the city and serves a large number of cargo lines and small, private jet services (as airplanes, not cars, are the preferred method of travel in Alaska’s frigid climate). The main airlines that have service to large cities are Alaska Airlines (Anchorage, Barrow, and Seattle), Northwest Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul), and Delta Air Lines (Salt Lake City). Charter flights to Europe are also available via Belair and Condor Airlines.