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Washington State Ferries

Getting here is half the fun aboard a Washington State Ferry! Take a scenic ride through the islands as you make your way to your final destination. You can drive your car right onto the boat, or board as a foot passenger and simply walk on. The ferries run year-round and there are several sailings each day to and from each of the four main islands - Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw. An inter-island ferry allows island hoppers to travel between the islands and an international ferry offers service to Sidney, B.C. March - December.  

All San Juan Islands ferries depart from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal located at 2100 Ferry Terminal Rd, Anacortes, WA 98221. Allow a comfortable 2 - 3 hours to enjoy the drive and the scenery from Seattle or Vancouver B.C.  Make sure this includes enough time to arrive 30-minutes before departure for your reservation check-in.

COVID-19 Washington State Ferry Updates:  

The Washington State Ferry International service between Anacortes/Friday Harbor to Sidney, B.C. remains suspended due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Updates can be found through the Washington State Transportation website. 

The safety of customers and crew is WSF’s top priority. Please remember that all traveling customers are required to wear face coverings inside the terminal, at the tollbooth and aboard the ferry.

For Vehicles 

You'll need to make 2 reservations -- one coming to the Islands (westbound) and one leaving the Islands (eastbound) if you're visiting Orcas or Friday Harbor/San Juan Island. The system will prompt you to make a round-trip reservation. (Lopez Island and Shaw Island only have westbound reservations. During the summer the ferry line and wait time can be long since Lopez doesn't have eastbound reservations, so please be prepared.) Your tickets from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands will be a round trip fare. Eastbound sailings between the islands are free (example: Friday Harbor to Orcas Island) while westbound sailings between the islands (example: Orcas Island to Friday Harbor) are one-way fares. International trips to Sidney BC are also one-way fares.  

You must check-in at the toll booth/ferry line at least 30 minutes ahead of your sailing time or you will lose your reservation and will travel standbyBring your printed reservation sheet with barcode for easy scanning. You can pay your ticket price at the toll booth, or purchase your ticket online in advance.  

For Walk-ons and Bicycles

Walk-ons don't need a reservation, but will need to purchase a walk-on ticket in the terminal.   You can leave your vehicle at the Anacortes terminal and walk on the ferry with your luggage and/or bicycle or kayak. Use the Washington State Ferry website to find parking rates.  Walk-ons have a variety of island transportation options, including a seasonal transit bus and trolley as well as car, bicycle and moped rentals (depending on the Island.) If you're headed to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the ferry arrives within easy walking distance to activities, attractions, lodging, dining and shopping.  If you're headed to Orcas Island or Lopez Island, you'll need to check into transportation options.

For the Inter-Island Ferry

Reservations are not available, or typically needed, on the inter-island ferry, though it is suggested to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your scheduled sailing to claim a spot. Walk-on passengers ride free on inter-island ferries, but vehicles are charged a fee if traveling westbound from each Island (example: Orcas Island to Friday Harbor). Eastbound sailings between the islands are free (example: Friday Harbor to Orcas Island). The Inter-Island ferry sailing times are highlighted on the main schedule

When Reservations Are Full

If you can’t get a reservation on your desired day or sailing - no worries! Check back exactly two weeks or two days before your desired departure date at 7:00 a.m. when reservations open each morning. Reservations are released in 3 tiers to accommodate long and short-term planning by visitors and residents.   (Reservations for vehicles over 30’ are only released in the First Tier). 

Or try to Travel Stand-By. You can view how many drive-up spaces are available at each Island terminal.

Anacortes Terminal    Friday Harbor Terminal   Orcas Terminal   Lopez (unavailable)

When Your Ferry Is Late

If your ferry is late, you can check the location and ETA at Vessel Watch.  https://www.wsdot.com/ferries/vesselwatch/default.aspx 

Ferry Fares

Fares are based on the season, the route's geographical location, the length/width/height of your vehicle, as well as the length of time you will be traveling onboard the ferry. Fares are also calculated based on the age or disability of each passenger and are collected either for round trip travel or one-way travel, depending on the departure terminal. The driver is included in the vehicle fare, and passengers are added to the fare.

https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/fares/

Call WA State Ferries at 1-888-808-7977  (or call our office at 888-468-3701 ext. 1)

Need more help?  Go to www.takeaferry.com. From this page, you can 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. Read the Washington State Ferry blog for more helpful tips!

Contact Us:
info@visitsanjuans.com
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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