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Transportation: An International Gateway and Interior Hub
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Fairbanks International Airport
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Fairbanks is the ninth largest international cargo gateway to the United States and is also the transportation hub for Alaska’s Interior and North Slope. We have multi-modal transportation systems: air, land and water. For even more information of ways to get here, click here.

Fairbanks International Airport

The Fairbanks International Airport is

strategically located to serve the US and International markets with a foreign trade zone and the shortest flight distance to Asia and  Europe. You can easily get connecting flights to the lower 48 states, Canada and Hawaii in more or less than one connection.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough communities rely heavily on year-round air transportation. The Fairbanks International Airport provides regional air service for Borough residents. Jet traffic moves the bulk of time-sensitive goods. Fleets of smaller, mid-sized aircraft based in the Borough provide service to the surrounding communities.

Alaska Railroad
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Alaska Railroad and Fall colors
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Fairbanks is the northern terminus of the Alaska Railroad (ARRC) which connects Fairbanks to international seaports and provides passenger service to Anchorage and Denali National Park.

Rail transport is expected to play an increasingly important role in meeting the Borough's future transportation needs. The Alaska Railroad, while officially a Class II freight railroad under jurisdiction of the federal Surface Transportation Board, does not physically connect Borough communities with track in Canada or other states. Instead, the Borough relies on rail-barge connections to remain part of the North American freight rail system. However, as the northern terminus for the Alaska Railroad, the Fairbanks North Star Borough has rail access to the ocean ports of Seward, Whittier and Anchorage.

Highways and roads
Fairbanks is connected year-round to Canada and the "Lower 48", and communities throughout Alaska. There are two Highways that lead to southern Alaska from  Fairbanks (The Parks Highway and the Richardson Highway). The Parks Highway Runs south from Fairbanks to Anchorage.  The Parks
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All roads lead to Fairbanks!
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Highway also runs through Alaska's top tourist attraction Denali National Park,  where North Americas tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley, is located. Denali National Park is just 2 hours south from Fairbanks. The Richardson Highway runs south from Fairbanks to Valdez. The Steese Highway leads north as far as the Yukon River. The Elliot HWY connects to the Dalton Highway which leads to northern communities, the Arctic Circle and the Prudhoe Bay oil fields.

Excellent road accessibility links the Fairbanks  North Star Borough to all of the state's major highway systems. Accordingly, Fairbanks serves as the transportation hub for vehicle traffic and freight entering and leaving Interior Alaska.
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