CUG 2011



Travel to Fairbanks

Passports and Visas

A visitor visa may be required for travel to the United States, along with a valid passport. Please check with the American Embassy or Consulate in your area for detailed information, or talk to your travel agent.

Arriving by Plane

The Fairbanks International Airport is serviced by Alaska and Frontier Airlines year around. During the summer, service is also provided by Delta Airlines and Condor Travel. The Cray User Group has negotiated flight discounts with both Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of these discounts.

Most direct flights into Fairbanks originate in Seattle (SEA), Anchorage (ANC) or Minneapolis (MSP). Reduced fares can frequently be obtained by flying in to Anchorage, and then flying Frontier Airlines between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is pleased to offer a 5% discount off any published fare to Fairbanks, Alaska, from any Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air city.

Valid Travel Dates: May 18, 2011 - May 31, 2011

Book online at, and use Discount Code ECMF14 in the Flights Quick Search box.

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is pleased to offer a discount of 2 - 7% for travel to either Fairbanks, Alaska or Anchorage, Alaska from any SkyTeam Alliance city.

Valid Travel Dates: May 16, 2011 - June 3, 2011.

Reservations on Delta must be made by calling 1-800-328-1111 and using code NM6T4. This special discount is not available from the Delta website. No fee is charged for the call.

Condor Travel

Condor Travel provides a special fare sale each month, with reduced fares that are available for just 72 hours. We will update the monthly fare sale dates as soon as they are available.

Condor Travel offers direct flights from Frankfurt to Anchorage during the 2011 summer season. Short connecting flights from Anchorage to Fairbanks are then offered by several airlines including Frontier Airlines. You may also consider flying in to and out of Anchorage, and using the Alaska Train through the Denali National Park to reach Fairbanks.

Arriving by Train

The Alaska Railroad stretches 470 miles from Seward on the south-central Kenai Peninsula, to the northern "golden heart" city of Fairbanks. Along the way, the train travels through some of the most scenic and rugged territory in Alaska, including Denali National Park, Denali State Park, and Chugach National Forest.

The Alaska Railroad runs two primary passenger services during the summer season. On the rail north of Anchorage, the Denali Star operates daily between Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna and Anchorage.The Denali Star train offers three different levels of service. In addition to the standard Alaska Railroad train cars, you can select either a private dome railcar or the new Alaska Railroad GoldStar dome service.

The Alaska Park Connection motorcoach service also travels between Anchorage and Fairbanks, providing an option to travel one direction by rail and the other by bus to see different scenic routes.

Arriving by Car

For those with more flexible travel schedules and for those who would prefer to drive, the distance from Anchorage to Fairbanks is approximately 360 miles by car via AK-3 through the Denali National Park, and approximately 430 miles by car via AK-1 through the Wrangell-St Elias National Preserve. These two routes are shown on Google Maps here.

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