Shuttle to Mendenhall Glacier

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#1
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Is there a shuttle or other public transportation from the pier to the glacier? We'd like to explore on our own if possible.

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Yes, there is a blue bus. It was $8 pp one way. There is an admission at the Mendenhall Visitor Center of $3pp. However, you do not have to pay this unless you go inside.

There is a nice bookstore in the visitor center and exhibits.
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the blue bus is Mighty Great Trips. Check their web site for hours of operation. You don't want to be left behind if you miss the last bus back to the pier!
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Originally posted by DragonOfTheSeas
Yes, there is a blue bus. It was $8 pp one way. There is an admission at the Mendenhall Visitor Center of $3pp. However, you do not have to pay this unless you go inside.

There is a nice bookstore in the visitor center and exhibits.
Originally posted by mapleleaves
the blue bus is Mighty Great Trips. Check their web site for hours of operation. You don't want to be left behind !
There also was a yellow bus that ran every 30 mins all day.
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Yes. There are lots of booths near the pier selling the tickets.
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Originally posted by mapleleaves
the blue bus is Mighty Great Trips. Check their web site for hours of operation. You don't want to be left behind if you miss the last bus back to the pier!
I thought I read that there are taxis at Mendenhall also. Do you know if this is true, or would you have to make arrangements for a taxi ahead of time.

I know there is also the city bus you can take, but it takes longer since it stops along the way and it drops you off a good mile or more from the visitor center.
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We, too, took the blue bus. On the way back, the driver dropped us at The Red Dog Saloon. Of course, we didn't have to get off, but since we were planning to have lunch there, it saved us from walking back.
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If you intend to use a taxi from Mendenhall, have your cellphone handy, book in advance & don't hang around Mendenhall so long that you don't have time to get back to your ship.
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If you are using the city bus system to go to the Glacier, it doesn't stop at the Visitor Center. My understanding is that it is a bit of a walk and some is uphill. Here's some additional info too:

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/districts/mendenhall/

Posted by Mendenhall Ranger:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showp...2&postcount=16
(and 2nd part a bit further down in the posts) ... both copied below for reference

There is no taxi stand at Mendenhall Glacier (not enough parking places for them to wait) but the ranger staff is happy to help arrange for a taxi to pick up visitors. The phone numbers of all taxicab companies with MGVC permits are posted on the Kiosk, and we can provide a landline if you don't have a mobile phone handy.

The visitor center closes at 7:30 p.m. daily - and yes, you can call the cab dispatchers and schedule a pickup for any later time in the evening. The recreation area grounds are open until midnight.

There are six or seven different taxi companies that hold permits to operate to MGVC. As a government employee, I'm afraid I can't recommend any particular company over any other.

NOTE: Mendenhal Glacier is 13 miles from town.

Here's info on one of the bus lines that goes to the Glacier:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...au_Alaska.html
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#12
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MilliesMom: Thanks for the info on Mendenhall. It is much appreciated.
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Originally posted by vbmom87
MilliesMom: Thanks for the info on Mendenhall. It is much appreciated.
You are very welcome. I had it posted to our roll call and remembered about it when this thread came up. Thought it would be helpful.
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Any idea on how much a taxi would run? We have 3 adults and one child so I'm wondering if that would be more cost effective than the shuttle.
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Originally posted by laurasue
Any idea on how much a taxi would run? We have 3 adults and one child so I'm wondering if that would be more cost effective than the shuttle.
Probably cheaper to use the shuttle . You pay about $10/adult and $5/child for a round trip Taxi probably at least double each way.
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Thanks!
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Originally posted by laurasue
Any idea on how much a taxi would run? We have 3 adults and one child so I'm wondering if that would be more cost effective than the shuttle.
I am sure if you contact the Juneau chamber of commerce they will give you the current taxi rate. I have read that all taxis must charge the same in Juneau. In 2011 we took a taxi to the airport and it was about $25 one way. The airport is a little further than Mendenhall.
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#18
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Does anyone know if they take credit cards or do I need to be have cash?

Tip re: the two bus lines mentioned- per other posts, they state don't buy a round trip ticket b/c then required to wait for that bus line. Buy a one way, and then you can take which ever bus it waiting there once you are done.
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