Washington State Ferry
Travel to the San Juan Islands
Wondering how to catch a Washington State Ferry to the San Juan Islands? This is your ferry guide, the ins and outs of ferry travel, with tips on what to expect at every step of the way. You will need to know how to navigate the ferry system no matter how you come to the Island (except for flying!). These are my suggestions:
The most common way to come to the island is by car, and that means taking the ferry. Regardless of whether you are coming from the north or the south, all roads lead into Anacortes, Washington where the Ferry services the San Juan Islands.
Washington State Ferries (WSF)
The ferry to Friday Harbor departs out of the Anacortes ferry terminal.
Northbound: Take I-5 north to Exit 230 at Burlington. Then take Highway 20 west all the way into Anacortes. Stay on Commercial Avenue through Anacortes, watching for the sign to the San Juan Ferry Dock. Follow the road all the way to the ferry ticket booth.
Southbound: Take I-5 south to Exit 230 at Burlington. Turn west (right) onto Highway 20 and go all the way into Anacortes. Stay on Commercial Avenue through town, watching for the sign to the San Juan Ferry Dock. Follow the road all the way to the ferry ticket booth. Check WSF schedules and fare information. Now get the scoop about ferry reservations and other related stuff.
Flying is, of course, faster and easier than driving. Try a flight with Kenmore Air out of Seattle, Lake Union, or Boeing Field. Sea Planes leaving from Lake Union land at the dock in Friday Harbor, while land planes come into the Friday Harbor Airport.
Always check the ferry schedule before you travel so you know what to expect.
Return to Simply San Juan from Washington State Ferry.