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Washington State Ferries - Take a Ferry

Scenic view of the water in the San Juan Islands


Why wait? Make a vehicle reservation today. 

Our Save A Spot  reservation system makes it easy to book vehicle reservations to and from the San Juan Islands.

  • Sign up for a reservation account online.

What do I need to know?

                  Please click on the map (PDF 518 kB) to enlarge.

From Anacortes
To Anacortes
  • San Juan Island (Friday Harbor)
  • Orcas Island
  • Shaw Island
  • Lopez island
  • San Juan Island (Friday Harbor)
  • Orcas Island

*We are unable to take reservations for interisland travel, or travel from Lopez or Shaw islands to Anacortes.

 How do I make a reservation to the San Juan Islands?


Go to Save A Spot.

  • Make a reservation online.
  • Reservations also will be accepted by calling 1-888-808-7977.
  • Call center hours: 4:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 7 days a week.

Create an account.

Read these simple instructions (PDF 2 MB) on how to create an online account, or watch our video for more detailed information.

Creating an account allows you to:

  • Make, change or cancel your reservation quickly and easily.
  • Speed up your transaction online or on the phone.


There is no fee to make a reservation.

  • A valid debit or credit card is required to secure the reservation. It will not be charged unless you do not travel the same day from the same terminal that the reservation is for.
  • For more information on no-show fees (PDF 298 kB), see our handout.

View of Friday Harbor ferry landing sign

View our YouTube video on how to create an
online vehicle reservation account.


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 How far in advance can I make a reservation?

You can make a reservation up to two months in advance.   

  • Reservation space is released in tiers.  A portion is released up to two months before the first sailing of the season (fall, winter, spring or summer sailing seasons). Some are released only days before a sailing.    
  • Releasing space in tiers allows equal access to reservations for customers who plan far in advance and those who make travel plans closer to the sailing date.
  • Reservations can be made up to three hours before the published sailing time.
  • View our Reservation Space Availability handout (PDF 354 kB) for more information.

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 Why should I make a reservation?


View of Orcas Island ferry terminal Have more time. Long wait times at Anacortes and other San Juan Island terminals often cut into time spent soaking in the islands. Reserving a spot for your vehicle guarantees a space on the ferry, so you can have more time to do what you want, instead of waiting at the terminal.

Stay flexible. You can cancel or change a vehicle reservation until 5 p.m. the day before your scheduled travel date. One change is allowed after 5 p.m. and up to three hours prior to sailing.

Plan ahead. Reservations are available on all westbound sailings leaving Anacortes. Eastbound service is available from Friday Harbor and Orcas Island.

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 Where can I find more information? 

Read one of our handouts. 

Contact us.

  • Email: Susan Harris-Huether , Washington State Ferries Customer Service Manager
  • Phone: WSF Customer Service: 1-888-808-7977 or 206-464-6400.

Check out our project page.

View our community partnership plan  to learn more about how we're working with local citizens and businesses in the San Juan Islands.

Scenic view of a ferry in the San Juan Islands    


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