Ferry Reservations and Schedules
Tips for Making Ferry Reservations
Getting here is half the fun aboard a Washington State Ferry and reservations are now available at www.takeaferry.com to help make trip planning easier and more predictable. Here are some tips for making your ferry travel stress free:
* We highly recommend making a reservation, especially from May through September and for holiday weekends.
* Can’t get a reservation on your desired day or sailing? No worries, reservations are released in 3 tiers to accommodate long and short-term planning by visitors and residents. The first 30% are released 2 months before the first day of each of the four seasonal schedules, for all sailings during that season, meaning that these reservations may be available up to 5 months in advance. (April 14 is the first day you can make reservations for sailings from June 14 - Sept. 21.) The second 30% are released 2 weeks prior to sailing. The third 30% are released 2 days prior to sailing. Each tier release of space opens online at 7:00 a.m.
* There is no extra charge for a reservation; however, to secure a reservation you must provide a debit or credit card which will only be charged if you are a ‘no show.’ (Ferry tickets are purchased separately at the Anacortes terminal or on line. Tickets include a round trip.
* There are several sailings each day to and from each of the 4 islands which almost assures that you’ll get your first, second or third choice of sailing time with a reservation.
* Reservations are available to all 4 islands from Anacortes, but only from Orcas Island and Friday Harbor/San Juan Island returning to Anacortes. Reservations are not available, or typically needed, on the inter-island ferry.
* You can make reservations as a “Guest” or set up an account if you travel to the islands frequently.
* You can make a reservation up until 3 hours prior to a sailing, provided there is space available.
* Changes and cancelations can be made within specific timeframes; please see info at www.takeaferry.com.
* Arrive in line for your reserved sailing 30-90 minutes in advance of the sailing departure time due to staging requirements.
* In the event that a sailing is canceled, WA State Ferries will communicate the cancelation(s) via travel alerts (to your mobile phone or email address you submitted when you made the reservation). Those who choose to travel will still be prioritized once service is reinstated. If you choose not to travel you won’t be charged a ‘no-show’ fee.
If you have questions, please Call 888-808-7977
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.
Directions 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.