There are many ways to get to the San Juan Islands, and each option is a unique and beautiful journey.
*NOTE: Ferry service will be temporarily reduced from October 22 - November 4. Please consult the Washington State Ferry website for the altered schedule. Visitors to Friday Harbor, for the Friday Harbor Film Fest (Oct. 26-28), Eat Island Grown (Oct. 28), etc., are encouraged to park at the Anacortes ferry terminal and walk on the ferry.* Visitors can also book a flight on a local airline or charter and travel to the islands from various locations in the Pacific Northwest. We apologize for the inconvenience. (*Parking is free in Lot D, ask for a placard at the tollbooth to place on your dashboard.)
There are several regional flight options, including flying on a wheeled plane from Seattle's Boeing Field, or taking off from Lake Union or Lake Washington and enjoying stunning views from a seaplane. You can also rent a car or take an airporter shuttle from SeaTac to the Anacortes Ferry. Or hop onto the seasonal San Juan Clipper from Seattle for a beautiful 3 1/2-hour boat ride to Friday Harbor.
Getting here is half the fun! A leisurely ride on a Washington State Ferry gives you a taste of the archipelago's beauty, with a choice of stops at four islands—Lopez, Orcas, Shaw or San Juan. By plane, you'll have a more expansive view—snow-tipped Mt. Baker, the Olympic and Cascade ranges, and beautiful islands stretching in every direction. The Victoria Clipper is also a convenient way to leave right from Seattle's waterfront for a day or overnight trip, or take a seasonal ferry from Bellingham or Port Townsend.