Washington State Ferries
Washington State Ferries
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  • University St • 7 min walk
  • Pioneer Square • 8 min walk
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  • DeoniaNeveu
    Burlington, North Carolina6,003 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Way To Sightsee On The Ferry Ride
    We took the Ferry ride over to Port Orchard, WA and it was a very nice and quick ride, with a ton of great comfortable seating styles. You can bring your Car and/or Motorcycle onto the Ferry as well. On a one way Trip Ticket, you get a return trip back without a Fee for Port Orchard. The Ferry has a lot of flexible times that it operates and stays open into the late Evening hours, but be sure to check the times that work for you. We enjoyed the ride it was like having a cheap Tour Ride. The Ferry Boat also has a light Snack stand inside to buy a drink or a snack (Candy Bars etc.).
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • SuperDave
    Brandon, Canada120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great operation, great results
    I enjoy watching an efficient operation in progress, and the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry was such an event. It arrived in Coupeville 10 minutes late (?), unloaded quickly and loaded quickly, and departed 10 minutes late (no surprise there). Crossing was smooth, and the Port Townsend disembarkation was quick. Everything that a passenger wants to experience from such a company. Congratulations!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • KJShay
    Frederick, Maryland77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ride to Bainbridge Island
    This is the best bargain in Seattle. $9 to walk on at Pier 52 and ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island. On a clear day, mostly in the summer, you can see Mount Rainier and other mountains. I think I might have seen Mount Baker to the North. The views of downtown Seattle are nice as well. Go during non rush hour times such as late morning. It does get crowded at rush hour. Bainbridge has a good art museum and interesting historical museum. Also restaurants, shops etc. you can walk to from the ferry, then ride back free.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Mustang X
    Dallas, North Carolina74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable trip
    We took the ferry to Bainbridge. It was fun to stand outdoors in the fresh air and see Seattle from the water. Definitely worth the $10 fare. Not much in Bainbridge, just pricey restaurants and small stores. Typical tourist town. Getting there on the ferry was the highlight of the day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Khalid K
    Canada21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene Ferry Ride to Beautiful Bainbridge
    The ferry terminal was easy to get to and we reached 15 minutes before departure time. The ferry was 20 minutes lares, but considering 200+ cars coming off and one, a small time delay can be expected. The ferry was very quiet and we enjoyed the ride across the lake to Bainbridge. The city of Bainbridge was peaceful and the reserves and parks were a treat.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California562 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ride to Bainbridge Island
    Driving onboard the ferry was very easy from the Seattle terminal. Just enter from Alaskan Way and Jackson St and follow the signs. I got there about 15 minutes before the 6:30 PM departure, which I thought was going to be tight, but there turned out to be plenty of space. The ride is very comfortable and scenic, and there is both indoor and outdoor seating. The boat also has a galley with a decent (albeit pricey) selection of snacks and simple hot foods. Overall, the ferry is the perfect way to travel from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Transportation and Attraction - Awesome Experience
    In our journey across the state of Washington we had the chance to take the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds with our rental car. Not only was this a great way to travel, cutting both miles and hours from our trip, it was a very enjoyable activity. I will admit at first going in the car line was a little scary, but they make it easy where you pay for the car, $22.00, and follow the car ahead of you. You will see a picture of the car line they put you in. Once your car is parked on the ferry you can get out and go use the restroom, get something to eat and drink and sit on the top deck for the crossing. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and we could see the skyscrapers of Seattle framed by Mount Rainier. You also got great views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. As the ferry nears Edmonds, the other side, you return to your car and follow the car ahead out, real easy. It was a great way to travel and to enjoy time on the water.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom823 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great crossing
    Nice trip out on the ferry as a foot passenger, but also a car ferry, so takes a while to load. All very easy. Lots of seating in and out. Great view of Seattle skyline from ferry. Our crossing was to Bainbridge Island. You can walk into Winslow with no problem. A few shops and cafes to explore and an art museum with its own café. If you want an expedition, Bloedel Reserve is right at the other end of the Island. Can get there by car or by 10 minute bus and 20 minute walk at the end but must book a slot for arrival (fee). It would be worth doing the trip on a nice day as a foot passenger just for the view
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Hawaiian Canuck
    Vancouver, Canada1,378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I always wanted to do this
    When you think of Seattle, Washington State Ferries are a must thing to do when you visit because you get to experience the city from a different perspective. It’s a more parred down service than the BC Ferries system I use up in Vancouver, but it’s reliable and a local staple. You don’t get the fancy restaurants or gift shops but it’s got seating, lots of space and is reasonably priced with great views. My favourite route is the Bainbridge run. Take it on a dry day and enjoy.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Mimi C
    Seattle, Washington48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Day Trip
    I love taking the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge! The sweet spot on a week day is boarding around 11:30. You completely skip the work traffic and can come back around 2 and skip traffic home too. The views of the city are so pretty on a sunny day. The staff is always friendly and efficient.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
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LoveToTravel
San Francisco, CA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Took the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island and back, just to get a view of the city from the water. Really nice way to relax after a morning of sight seeing. I would do it again.
Written 7 February 2024
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Mimi C
Seattle, WA48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I love taking the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge! The sweet spot on a week day is boarding around 11:30. You completely skip the work traffic and can come back around 2 and skip traffic home too. The views of the city are so pretty on a sunny day. The staff is always friendly and efficient.
Written 22 January 2024
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Hawaiian Canuck
Vancouver, Canada1,378 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
When you think of Seattle, Washington State Ferries are a must thing to do when you visit because you get to experience the city from a different perspective. It’s a more parred down service than the BC Ferries system I use up in Vancouver, but it’s reliable and a local staple. You don’t get the fancy restaurants or gift shops but it’s got seating, lots of space and is reasonably priced with great views.

My favourite route is the Bainbridge run. Take it on a dry day and enjoy.
Written 7 January 2024
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nice trip out on the ferry as a foot passenger, but also a car ferry, so takes a while to load. All very easy. Lots of seating in and out. Great view of Seattle skyline from ferry.
Our crossing was to Bainbridge Island. You can walk into Winslow with no problem. A few shops and cafes to explore and an art museum with its own café. If you want an expedition, Bloedel Reserve is right at the other end of the Island. Can get there by car or by 10 minute bus and 20 minute walk at the end but must book a slot for arrival (fee).
It would be worth doing the trip on a nice day as a foot passenger just for the view
Written 13 December 2023
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Nancy H
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Enjoyed riding the ferry on this beautiful day
Went in the afternoon
People were helpful and friendly
Great day
Written 30 October 2023
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Ron M
Clinton, WA12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We have been commuting on WSF for 30 years with little disruption. But then everything went wrong and we have not seen any improvements for years now. We can not rely on WSF at all. As a manager I would have been fired if I failed like the ferry leaders have. Hang in their the hard working ferry workers doing your best against all odds.
Written 16 October 2023
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Richard S
Rahway, NJ693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Getting around the Seattle area is much easier using the WSF ferry system. There are occasional operational delays but most of the time service is very efficient. We found clean, well maintained boats, comfortable accommodations, and very efficient and helpful crew members. Local friends gave us the most important tip: download the free WSF App on your phone, which gives up to date info on schedules, space available, and real time boat location. We had no problem getting on runs which were too late to reserve for.
Written 15 October 2023
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sybil g
Dallas, TX20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Very nice City to visit, took ferry over to Bainbridge,island is small but friendly everything is walking distance from the ferry. Wine tasting and restaurants in area
Maple trees in area just beautiful
Written 15 October 2023
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EasyE27
Philadelphia, PA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Spectacular views on the Bainbridge ferry on October 4. Comfortable ride. Took the ferry around sunset and it was beautiful. Mt. Rainier was out and in it’s full glory!
Written 5 October 2023
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LivingPuraVida
United States33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Soooooo sad to see this once wonderful system diminish into complete dysfunction. Legacy vessels that remind me of ferries in 3rd world countries. No crew, no captains, numerous vessels down awaiting parts and repair. No plan to upgrade. Where is the governor of this State? Prepare to wait multiple hours trapped in the loading zone parking lots with no escape. Trying to get to a business meeting on time? Forget about it! Trying to enjoy the weekend or see other parts of our state? Hope you like packing lots! That’s were you’ll be.. Very, very sad!
Written 24 September 2023
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