Glacier Bay Transportation
Kayakers planning to take the camper transport boat must arrive in Glacier Bay by early afternoon on the day prior to departure to allow sufficient time to check in with the park service, obtain backcountry permits, watch the instructional backcountry camping video, check out bear proof canisters, repack your food, and load your empty kayak aboard the camper transport vessel prior to 6:00 PM. Most kayakers find a mid-day arrival most convenient.
On the day of your pick up, the camper transport vessel will return to Bartlett Cove between 3:30 and 4:00 PM. Our staff will be there to meet you. If you are planning to depart that afternoon, you should allow about 90 minutes to unload, check in your kayaks and gear, wash out your bear canisters, exit your NPS camper permit, and travel to the Gustavus airport.
Air Taxi Flight Reservations
Many people enjoy the beautiful flight by small plane over the mountains between Juneau and Gustavus. Following your arrival into Juneau by jet or ferry, we can set up a time for you with locally based Fjord Flying for a flight between Juneau and Gustavus. For a return flight to Juneau, we generally recommend a 5:30 PM or later departure. Baggage allowance is 70 lbs per person. Fjord Flying rates are listed below.
We can also make reservations for flights to/from Haines or Skagway, along with scheduled flights to/from Juneau. Please email us for rates and information.
|Juneau-Gustavus || One-Way Air Taxi || R/T Air Taxi|
|Adults: || $100.00|| $200.00|
|Children (2-11 years old):|| $80.00|| $160.00|
If you are arriving on a private vessel, please let us know when you are planning to arrive and the name of your vessel. Plan to call us while still in cell phone range before rounding Pt. Gustavus into Bartlett Cove, to give us an update on your arrival time.
Boat permits are required for private vessels while in Glacier Bay and you should contact the NPS Visitor Information Station (VIS) at 1-907-697-2627 for availability. Permits are limited and advance reservations are advised.
The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) offers ferry service between Juneau and Gustavus aboard the M/V LeConte. Call 1-800-642-0066, or visit their website for more information.
Gustavus does not have a dock that accommodates larger cruise ships such as Holland America and Princess Cruiselines. If your cruise itinerary includes Glacier Bay, you will be traveling up into Glacier Bay National Park. You will not dock in Gustavus or Bartlett Cove, and therefore you will not be able to do any shore based excursions with us.
Ships also stop at Icy Strait Point (Point Sophia), which is located in Hoonah, 25 miles from Gustavus. Because you are too far away to take advantage of our services, we suggest you contact them for for day trip excursions in the area.
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Alaska Airlines has one flight daily between Juneau and Gustavus during the summer months, arriving Gustavus at 5:00 PM and departing back to Juneau at 5:30 PM. See the Alaska Airlines website for the current schedule.
Please note, if you are planning on going up bay the next day on the tourboat for a drop off, this flight arrives too late to meet us in Bartlett Cove for the 5:00 PM instruction.
For paddlers considering an extra day in Bartlett Cove to organize their trip, or those planning to kayak up bay through the Beardslees, an Alaska Airlines arrival will allow you to meet with us the following day, at the 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM or 5:00 PM instruction. Please call our office to discuss these options.
Taxi Van Transportation
Whether you arrive by plane into the Gustavus Airport or by Alaska Marine Highway (AMHS) ferry to the Gustavus Dock, you will want to make advance reservations for TLC Taxi to transport you to Bartlett Cove, located 10 miles from Gustavus. If you email them in advance with your arrival information, they will have a taxi van waiting to transport you directly to the NPS Visitor Information Station (VIS) in Bartlett Cove. At the VIS, you may purchase maps, check out bear canisters, obtain your backcountry permit, repack food and plan for the evening prior to our 5:00 PM kayak rental/instruction program.
The one-way per-person cost from the Gustavus Airport to Bartlett Cove is approximately $15.00/adult and $8.00/child ages 8 and under. Email TLC taxi for current rates and reservations and for group and family rates.