Washington State Ferries
4th of July Update
To make your 4th of July weekend travel easier, the Washington State Ferries have a Best Times to Travel chart for July 2nd-7th. They also will add a 4th tollbooth, a staging area with two ferry employees to steer you in the right direction, and an information tent in the Anacortes holding area to answer questions.
Know before you go
Getting here is half the fun aboard a ferry! Washington State Ferries offer plentiful, comfortable booth seating with marvelous views, as well as access to spacious forward and aft viewing (and picture-taking) areas outside. Depending on stops, the ride takes between 50 and 90 minutes to your island of choice. Tickets purchased in Anacortes are for a round-trip. Be sure to check the ferry schedule for seasonal departures and best travel times.
To help plan your trip, you can now see how many vehicle spaces are available on each ferry leaving the Anacortes terminal. From this page, you can also find more information about Washington State Ferry terminals, including addresses and directions, ferry cams, amenities and ADA information to make your trip go more smoothly. Web cameras are also available to view the ferry lines at Anacortes, Orcas Island, Friday Harbor/San Juan Island, and Lopez Island.
Driving from Seattle
To drive to the Anacortes ferry terminal from Seattle:
- Take I-5 north
- Take Exit 230 to Burlington/Anacortes (or Exits 221 or 226 through scenic Skagit Valley)
- At the first light, turn left toward Anacortes onto Highway 20 west
- Follow Highway 20 west to Anacortes
- Once you reach Anacortes merge right into the traffic circle and another right onto Commercial Ave.
- Take a left at 12th St,, where signs point you to the San Juan Islands ferry, and follow for about 2 miles to the terminal
Allow a comfortable 1-1/2 to 2 hours to enjoy the drive and the scenery from Seattle or Vancouver B.C. to the Anacortes ferry terminal.
Board a Washington State Ferry in Anacortes, Washington, for a spectacular, scenic cruise to Lopez, Orcas, Shaw or San Juan Islands. You can also take a ferry to Sidney, B.C., just north of Victoria. In addition, you can "island hop" between our four, ferry-served islands. You can walk on with or without a bicycle, or drive your car on. Schedules change each season; visit our website for schedules, fares, parking, etc.
The Orcas Island ferry lands at Orcas Village, a tiny hamlet with a few shops, a post office, historic hotel and an excellent grocery store. Although generally quiet, "the Landing," as it is called by locals, is a meeting place for travelers and commuters. On Friday nights at Octavia's Bistro, named after the Orcas Hotel's first owner - and renown cook - you can enjoy jazz and a glass of local wine. [more...]
At the Lopez Ferry Landing, you can find maps and information for your stay on Lopez. You can also enjoy a hotdog and soda or beer at the Landing. Odlin County Park is just a mile down the road on the way to Lopez Village, about 4.5 miles away, where you'll find cafes, galleries and shops, as well as a well-stocked Chamber of Commerce office with friendly locals to help you find what you need. [more...]