Washington State boasts the largest ferry fleet in the world. These iconic boats ply various routes throughout the Puget Sound, connecting Seattle and points north to the islands and the Olympic Peninsula.
Anacortes serves as the departure point for the San Juan Islands and Sidney, BC ferries. Either route is an absolutely beautiful journey through pristine waters. Bring your camera: in addition to rugged and picturesque vistas, there is a wealth of wildlife to see, including orca whales, eagles, sea lions, dolphins and a wide variety of sea birds. Anacortes is the ideal home-port for ferry activity – a staging area for day-trips or a place to come back to after an overnight journey.
Reservations are free. Fares are based on vehicle size. Go to the Washington State Ferry website for more information: Washington State Ferry – Fares for Vehicles
Washington State Ferries encourages customers to make reservations, especially during busy travel times. Reservations are for vehicles only; there are no reservations for passengers or walk-on customers. Reservations can also be made from the Friday Harbor and Orcas terminals to Anacortes. Vehicle reservations are not available for inter-island travel or from the Lopez or Shaw terminals back to Anacortes. Therefore, if you are planning to travel back from Lopez or Shaw, please leave adequate time. For more information on sailings that may require a longer wait without a reservation, see the WSF Best Travel Times links at http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/Default.aspx.
If you are making ferry reservations for any of your guests, it is critical that you know their name, what sailing they want to take, and the size of their vehicle. If you are making more than ten reservations at a time, please call customer service at 1-888-808-7977.
Walk-on and bicycle passengers do not need a ferry reservation. Many resorts will arrange to transport guests from the ferry landing. Car, bike or moped rentals, as well as taxi and limousine services, may be available. For details, check with your lodging or contact the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau at: 888-468-3701 ext. 1 or 360-378-9551 ext. 1.