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Reservations for summer season travel are available now through Sept. 19.   

  Where can I travel with a reservation?


San Juan Islands

     From Anacortes (westbound)

• Lopez Island

• Shaw Island

• Orcas Island 

• San Juan Island (Friday Harbor)


     To Anacortes (eastbound*)

• Friday Harbor

• Orcas Island  

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


Sidney, BC

     To/From Anacortes or Friday Harbor

 

Port Townsend/Coupeville

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


 


 How do I make a reservation?


Go to Save A Spot.

Make a reservation online as an account holder or a guest.



Call us.

Our information agents are here to help you. They can be reached at 1-888-808-7977 from 5:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., seven days a week.



Create an account.

You don't have to, but it will make future reservations faster and easier. Read these simple instructions (PDF 2 MB) on how to create an online account, or watch our video for more detailed information.



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?


For Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, BC:   

Reservations for all sailings for the season are released two months before the schedule begins.


For Anacortes/San Juan Islands:

Reservations are released in thirds.

Two months before the start of the season, one-third of reservations for all sailings for the entire season are released.

Two weeks before the sailing date another one-third is released.

•  Two days before the sailing date the final one-third is released.

Space is always released at 7:00 a.m. Read our  Tiered Release of Space handout (PDF 456 kB) for more information.

       
   tiered release for summer   

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 What else do I need to know?

 

View of Orcas Island ferry terminal When to arrive. Arrival windows vary by route:

Port Townsend–Coupeville : You will need to be processed through the tollbooth 30-45 minutes before your reserved sailing. 

International : You should arrive at the Anacortes or Friday Harbor terminals one hour before your reserved sailing. You should arrive at the Sidney, B.C. terminal 90 minutes before the sailing to ensure processing through Canadian and U.S. immigration.

Anacortes–San Juan Islands : You will need to get in the line to the tollbooth 30-90 minutes before your reserved sailing.

Traffic conditions at the terminal. We have traffic cameras at each location to help get rid of the guesswork. Visit our  Know Before You Go Somewhere  page to find your terminal.

How to redeem your reservation. Bring your confirmation number, printed reservation with bar code, or tell us your name when you go through the tollbooth.

Tips for changing your plans. You can cancel your reservation without penalty any time until 5 p.m. the day before your reserved sailing. There is one free change after 5 p.m., but it has to be done before the lockout period. The lockout periods are:

• Anacortes–San Juan Islands or Sidney, BC: Three hours before departure.
• Port Townsend–Coupeville: Two hours before departure.

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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 Information Manager
  • Phone: WSF Customer Information: 1-888-808-7977 or 5-1-1.

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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