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Washington State Ferries - Take a Ferry

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.

Currently, reservations are offered on international sailings to Sidney, B.C., and on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route.     

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

What do I need to know?

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.

 Why should I Save A Spot?

Washington’s scenic San Juan Islands attract thousands of visitors and local residents alike year round. Save A Spot vehicle reservations will offer convenient and predictable travel to and from this popular destination.
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. 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.

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 How does Save A Spot work?

Starting December 2, 2014, vehicle reservations will be accepted for winter season travel to and from the San Juan Islands. Washington State Ferries will not charge a fee to make a reservation. However, a no-show fee  (PDF 300 kB) may be charged when a reservation is booked, but not used.   


An automated reservation sign-up system will be available using Save A Spot online . 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.

View of Friday Harbor ferry landing sign


Plan your travel in advance and know when your ferry will depart and arrive. Learn more about reservation space availability (PDF 380 kB) on the ferry. 

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 Can I make a Save A Spot reservation today?

Currently, Save A Spot is offered on international sailings to Sidney, B.C., and on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route. Reservations to the San Juan Islands begin on January 5, 2015. 

Make a reservation on a current Save A Spot route (Anacortes and Friday Harbor/Sidney, B.C., or Port Townsend/Coupeville)

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 Have a question about Save A Spot?

View our FAQ (PDF 217 kB) and community partnership plan, or contact a Save A Spot representative:

  • In person: We will staff information tables on the weekends at many San Juan Island terminals throughout the summer.
  • Email: Susan Harris-Huether, Washington State Ferries Customer Service Manager
  • Phone: WSF Customer Service: 1-888-808-7977 or 206-464-6400.
Scenic view of a ferry in the San Juan Islands

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