You can spend a day seeing the downtown sights on foot, but you will need transportation to get to the totem pole parks or airport.
By Taxi -- The local taxis, mostly minivans, are convenient and usually easy to flag down on the single main road through town. Try Sourdough Cab (tel. 907/225-5544). Alaska Cab (tel. 907/225-2133) is another taxi company in Ketchikan. Taking a cab to the airport terminal is costly because of time that runs up on the meter waiting for and riding the ferry to Gravina Island. A better choice is to take the cab to the ferry and then walk on, using a cart to move your luggage on the ferry. On the far side, you will have to go up a long walkway to the airport terminal.
By Water Taxi -- Only in Ketchikan could you take a boat from the airport to your hotel. Tongass Water Taxi (tel. 907/225-8294) also happens to be reasonably priced and quick. The six-passenger boat runs back and forth from near the airport ferry dock to downtown all day. The first person is $19 and each additional person $8. It also crosses the same route as the airport ferry (without going on to downtown) for $8. Several hotels are right on the water, so the water taxi can take you almost to your door. The operator holds up a sign in the baggage claim area to meet arriving flights, or you can call to arrange a pick-up.
By Bus -- The least costly way to the airport or ferry dock is the Ketchikan Gateway Borough bus (tel. 907/225-8726). To get downtown or points south from the airport costs $1. Buses come every half-hour. Your luggage must fit under the seat. A free shuttle bus runs seasonally in the downtown area, connecting all the attractions in that area three times an hour. The loop goes from cruise-ship Berth 4 to the Totem Heritage Center, stopping at the Discovery Center and library.
By Rental Car -- Alaska Car Rental (tel. 800/662-0007 or 907/225-5000; www.akcarrental.com) has offices at the airport or in town, and delivers vehicles to customers.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.