Ferry Info

Getting Here


Most travelers to the San Juans arrive by Washington State Ferries which originate in Anacortes. San Juan Island is also accessible by ferry from Sidney, near Victoria, British Columbia. Be advised that ferries are often crowded and it is best to arrive early at the terminal in order not to be overloaded to a later sailing. Reservations are highly recommended, especially in the summer season. Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time to avoid the WSF reservation no-show fee.

It is also possible to park your car at the Anacortes terminal and board the ferry on foot. The problem is that except for Friday Harbor, where the ferry dock is right in town, there isn’t much you can see and do on arrival without transportation. Auto, moped, and bicycle rentals are available in some cases, and some of the major resorts will pick you up by advance arrangement.

Air transportation is available from various mainland points, or by charter, to each of the larger islands; but again you will need to arrange for transport on arrival.

If you are a boater you can of course cruise the archipelago at your pleasure and find moorage at any number of ports and marinas.

Although the islands now have a great variety of facilities for tourists including inns, resorts, motel-like lodges, and bed-and-breakfast establishments, as well as overnight parks and campgrounds, all of these places are in demand much of the year. It is never wise to come to the San Juans without a firm reservation.


Ferry Schedule & Fares:

Current Ferry Schedule for the Washinton State Ferry service to the San Juan Islands.

Purchase Ferry Tickets  Use your credit card to purchase your Washington State Ferry Tickets online.


Orcas Island Ferry Landing


Visiting the San Juan Islands?  Click here for detailed information about the Anacortes Ferry terminal.

San Juan Island
San Juan Island Ferry Terminal information.  United States Customs at the terminal for international arrivals from British Columbia.  

Orcas Island
The Washington State ferry terminal at the Orcas Island landing.

Lopez Island
Well known among the locals for the Lopez Wave, click here for detailed information about the Washington State Ferry Terminal on Lopez Island, compliments of Washington State.


Daily sailings except during the winter schedule between Anacortes and Sidney, BC.  Outbound from Anacortes includes stops at Orcas and San Juan Island.  In-coming only stop on San Juan Island and Anacortes (Fidalgo Island).

Travel between countries includes Customs.  For more information about international travel and Customs, Click here. 

Sydney B.C. (Victoria)  Click here for information about BC Ferries, and the Sidney Ferry Landing in particular.