Washington State Ferries
Know before you go
Getting here is half the fun aboard a ferry and reservations are now available at www.takeaferry.com to make trip planning easier! Here are some tips for making your ferry travel stress-free:
- Reservations are released in three, 30% tiers: up to two months before the start of the four seasonal sailing schedules, two weeks prior to a specific sailing date, and two days before specific sailing dates. If there are no reservations available in the first tier, wait until the next tier opens, then get online or call right away for a reservation.
- Once you have made your reservation online at www.takeaferry.com, print out your reservation bar code. This bar code is re-used every time you make a reservation, so you can print it out and keep it in your car. If you forget your print-out, your reservation is saved under your name as well.
- 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 40 and 90 minutes to your island of choice.
- Tickets purchased online or in Anacortes are for a round-trip. Be sure to check the ferry schedule for seasonal departures and "best travel times."
- Please note that reservations are taken from Anacortes to Lopez or Shaw Islands, but no reservations are needed from Lopez or Shaw back to Anacortes.
To help plan your trip, you'll find everything you'll need at www.takeaferry.com. 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. You can also view an aerial image of the Anacortes terminal to find parking, toll booths, and more.
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 for about 16 miles
- 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 rent a bike and 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...]