Posted February 19th, 2013, 02:49 PM
So Avis is definitely better than Green Jeep Tours? How much time should I allow for being back in Skagway to fill up, turn in the car, and get back on the ship?
Avis doesn't open until 8:00, so can we expect to be on the road by 8:30 - assuming we're there when it opens? 5 hours RT from Emerald Lake - is this taking into account stops and crossing the border? Emerald Lake will definitely be the turn around point.
After reading, I think we're definitely going to reserve a car. Just need to decide if it'll definitely be Avis.
There is only one gas station in town, with 2 pumps. We were lucky to get there when there was no line, but I have heard there can be lines at times.
Be at Avis before
they open. We got there about 15 - 20 minutes before they opened and there were already several people in line. By the time they opened, the line was long.
Allow time for delays at the border, both directions. We waited 20 - 30 minutes going out, a little less coming back. Seemed like they cared more about checking through the big tour buses to keep them on schedule, and just let the passenger cars sit and line up.
The 5 hour estimate is allowing for stops and such. Since you have a 4 PM sailing time, you'll need to be back on board by 3:30, so should have the car dropped off and walking back to ship by 3. That gives you 6+ hours from pickup to drop off. Watch your time carefully, but you should be fine.
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