Ferry Travel

The Washington State Ferries system can become overloaded during peak travel times. Thankfully, the company recently implemented a long-awaited reservations system, which makes it far easier to plan trips and avoid lines. Reservations are highly recommended, especially in summer and on weekends, although a small number of spaces on every sailing are always reserved for standby; always arrive at least 45 minutes ahead of your departure, and as much as two hours ahead at busy times if you don't have a reservation. You’ll find information on the Washington State Ferries website on up-to-minute wait times as well as tips on which ferries tend to be the most crowded. It's rarely a problem to get a walk-on spot, although arriving a bit early to ensure you get a ticket is wise.

Ferry Contacts

Washington State Ferries. These state-operated ferries depart from Anacortes, about 75 miles north of Seattle, for the San Juan Islands. That same ferry service also connects the San Juans to one another, and San Juan Island with Sidney, BC, near Victoria. 2100 Ferry Terminal Rd., Anacortes, Washington, 98221. 206/464–6400; 888/808–7977; www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.

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