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Scenic view of the water in the San Juan Islands


The lines end, reservations begin
January 5, 2015

Starting in January 2015, our Save A Spot online reservation system will make it easy to book vehicle reservations to and from the San Juan Islands.

What do I need to know?



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  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?

    Starting December 2, 2014, customers can book a Save A Spot online vehicle reservation for travel to and from the San Juan Islands on or after January 5.   

    Make a reservation - Go to Save A Spot

    • Reservations also will be accepted by calling 1-888-808-7977.
    • Call center hours: 7 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. (hours will be extended to 7:45 p.m. during the summer), 7 days a week.

    There is no fee to make a reservation.

    • If you do not arrive in time for your reservation, you may use your ticket on a different sailing within the same service day from the same terminal. A no-show fee will not be charged to your credit card.

    • If travel is not completed on the same day and terminal as booked, a no-show fee (PDF 300 kB) may be charged.

    Frequent trips to the San Juans? -  Create a reservation account (PDF 1MB)

    Creating a vehicle reservation account benefits:  

    • Make, change or cancel your reservation quickly and easily.
    • Speed up your transaction online or on the phone.
    View of Friday Harbor ferry landing sign 


     How far in advance can I make a reservation?

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

    • Reservation space availability will be released in tiers. A portion will be released up to two months before the sailing, some will be released only days before a sailing.  
    • Releasing reservation availability in tiers allows equal access to reservation space for customers who plan far in advance and those who make travel plans closer to the sailing date.




    Why should I make a reservation?


    View of Orcas Island ferry terminalHave 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. on the day prior to travel.

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


     FAQ and Contact Information 

    FAQ - Get answers to your questions. (PDF 459kB) 

    WSF Vehicle Reservations At-a Glance - Find out why Washington State Ferries is bringing vehicle reservations to the San Juan Islands (PDF 183 kB).

    Contact us:

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

    Scenic view of a ferry in the San Juan Islands

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