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Bethel (Alaska)

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Bethel (Alaska)

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Bethel is a city in Alaska. It is the main hub for many of the surrounding native villages and the main port of the Kuskokwim River in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

Get in

Take a flight to Bethel on Era Aviation [1]or on Alaska Airlines [2]from Anchorage. Alaska Airlines has great connections from the pacific northwest destinations

Get around

You can take taxis even out on the river in the winter, buses, you can walk, snow-machines, cars, four-wheeling. In fact, Bethel has more taxis per capita than any city in the United States. The state-owned Bethel Airport is the regional transportation center, and is served by seven passenger carriers, including Alaska Airlines, Grant Aviation, Hageland Aviation Services, Yute Air and Frontier Flying Service. It also receives service from five cargo operators: Everts Air Cargo, Northern Air Cargo, Alaska Central Express, Arctic Transportation Services, and Lynden Air Cargo, and numerous small air taxi services including Renfro's Alaskan Adventures. The airport ranks third in the state for total number of flights. It offers a 6,400 foot asphalt runway and 1,850 foot gravel crosswind runway, and is currently undergoing a $7 million renovation and expansion. Three float plane bases are nearby: Hangar Lake, H Marker Lake, and the Kuskokwim River.

These are numbers for the taxi services in Bethel Kusko Cab – 543-2169 Alaska Cab - 543-2111 Quyana Cab - 543-5454 City Cab – 543-4141 Taxi Cab – 543-5199

Cab fees are mandated by the city of Bethel, and correspond roughly to the distance of the trip. Rides within the central area of town are $5, to or from the Tundra Ridge subdivision are $7, to or from the Airport is $7, and trips to the Kasayuli Subdivision are $10.

Something important for visitors to Bethel to know is that cab rides in Bethel are often a “communal” experience. While riding in a cab from the airport into the main part of town, for example, the cab driver may get a call to pick up another fare in Blueberry Subdivision. While potentially uncomfortable for the shy traveler (or if the cab gets too crowded), this is actually a great way to meet people in Bethel.


The Tundra!


Try dog-mushing in the winter, or salmon fishing in the summer


Native Crafts from the locals, usually to be found peddling their wares at the hospital. Don't buy groceries; you won't see much change from $10 if you buy a gallon of milk


Dimitris is a good bet; great subs. also the cafe by the airport is good for a greasy breakfast & watching the planes/pilots. And subway has $8 footlongs.


It is now legal to buy and serve alcohol however Bethel has not issued any liquor licenses. So you can either have some flown in from Anchorage or buy some on the black market in which you'll be spending some real cash.


Try the longhouse

Get out

Take a flight back to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines [3] or Era Airlines

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