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Bicycles on Washington State Ferries

Bicycling plays a big role in Washington's transportation. In fact, Washington State was named the nation's number one "Bicycle Friendly State" by the League of American Bicyclists for the sixth year in a row.

Whether you are a casual or serious rider, a bike commuter, or a bicycle tourist, Washington State Ferries wants you to have an enjoyable and safe ride. For your safety, please follow the directions of our terminal and vessel crew. 
 bicycles offloading in Seattle

Your fare

Bicyclists pay the passenger fare and a dollar roundtrip bicycle surcharge (except from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands and to and from Sidney, B.C. where the fee is higher). Riders who pay with a Wave2Go multi-ride passenger card, a Wave2Go passenger monthly pass, an ORCA passenger monthly pass or an ORCA card e-purse are exempt from paying the surcharge (except from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands and to and from Sidney, B.C.). Like passengers, bicyclists generally pay westbound only. Exceptions are the Port Townsend/Coupeville route and Anacortes/Sidney route where passengers pay both ways.

Cyclists going to the San Juan Islands from Anacortes pay the passenger fare plus a $2 surcharge during the non-peak times (October 1-April 30) and a $4 surcharge during the peak season (May 1-September 30).

Bicyclists riding inter-island (between the San Juan Islands) travel for free.

Bicyclists traveling from Anacortes to Sidney or Sidney to Anacortes pay the passenger fare plus a $4 surcharge during the non-peak months and $6 during the peak season.

Travelers going between the San Juan Islands and Canada pay the passenger fare plus a $1 surcharge during the non-peak time and a $2 surcharge during the peak season.

                    bicyclists loading for the Chilly Hilly ride on Bainbridge Island

How do you access the ferry terminals safely?

Anacortes:
  Approaching the Anacortes Terminal, you will arrive at the vehicle tollbooths first on the right. Bicyclists may bypass these and the line of vehicle traffic at the vehicle tollbooths to get onto the ferry dock when the passenger tollbooth in the terminal is open, but must go through a vehicle tollbooth if the terminal and passenger tollbooths are closed. Signage at the vehicle tollbooth will indicate if the passenger tollbooth is open. If passenger booth is open, bicyclists should secure their bikes at the terminal, go into the terminal to purchase their tickets. There is one bike rack at the terminal, which holds 12 bikes. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of the loading process to be certain they are loaded for their specific destination and multi-destination sailings. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they may not be loaded for their desire destination.

Bainbridge:  There is no payment for passengers or bicycles traveling from Bainbridge to Seattle. Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock and to the staging area at the east end of the dock. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of the loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Mid-loads for bicyclists are allowed during the commute period 6 a.m.-8:45 a.m. There are two large bicycle racks at the terminal, which hold 32 bikes.

Bremerton:  There is no payment for passengers or bicycles traveling from Bremerton to Seattle. Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock. A rider does not need to stop at the tollbooth traveling eastbound. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. There are five racks at the terminal, which hold 28 bikes.

Clinton:  There is no payment for passengers or bicycles traveling from Clinton to Mukilteo. Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock. They do not need to stop at the tollbooth. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, he or she will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. There is one rack at the terminal, which holds 8 bikes.

Coupeville:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock but must go to the same tollbooth vehicles use (use the window on the opposite side from vehicles). Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. Reservations are not needed. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Bicycles can load to the upper deck where there are 10 racks and enough space for 50 bikes or on the car deck. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. There is one rack at the terminal which holds 6 bikes.

Edmonds:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get to the lower ferry dock. The riders must then secure their bike and go into the passenger terminal to purchase their ticket. Their ticket will be scanned by the lower dock attendant. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. The terminal has no bicycle racks.

Fauntleroy:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get to the ferry dock. Riders can secure bicycle and walk either to the vehicle tollbooth (or to the passenger booth, when open) to purchase their fare. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. The terminal has no bicycle racks.

Friday Harbor:  Bicyclists load through the passenger terminal and should bypass the vehicle holding lanes. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of vehicle loading. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. The terminal has bicycle racks near the terminal along Front Street. Bicyclists are asked to walk on and walk off the vessel. The Agent will notify bicyclists when they may ride while offloading.

Kingston:  There is no payment for passengers or bicycles traveling from Kingston to Edmonds. Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get into the ferry holding lane. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. The terminal has one bicycle rack, which holds 8 bikes.

Lopez Island:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the begging of vehicle loading. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. The terminal has one bike rack, which holds 8 bikes.

Mukilteo:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic and go to the passenger terminal if the passenger seller is present. Otherwise, bicyclists should stop at the vehicle tollbooth to purchase tickets before proceeding to the passenger terminal. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. The terminal has no racks.

Orcas Island:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get into the ferry holding lanes at the lower dock. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. The terminal has two bike racks, which hold 16 bikes.

Point Defiance:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the lower ferry dock where they can secure their bikes and purchase their tickets from the lower booth. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. Terminal has two lockers through Pierce Transit, but no bike racks.

Port Townsend:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock but must go through a tollbooth. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. Reservations are not needed. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Bicycles can load to the upper deck where there are 10 racks and enough space for 50 bikes or on the car deck. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. Terminal has one rack that holds 12 bikes.

Seattle (Colman Dock, Pier 52):  Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock but must go through a tollbooth. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. During the commute hours (2:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.), mid-loads of bicyclists are allowed. Bicycle racks are available under the terminal building. There are 6 racks holding 150 bikes.

Shaw Island:  When traveling on the ferries, bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. There is one rack which holds 8 bikes.

Sidney, B.C.:  Bicyclists must go through Customs and Immigration. Bicyclists should arrive at least 45 minutes in advance of the sailing to ensure being processed in time for the sailing. Reservations are not needed. Please note:  Bikes departing Sidney to Friday Harbor will be loaded last and offloaded first in Friday Harbor.

Southworth:  Bicyclists may bypass the line of traffic. All Vashon-bound bicyclists must stop at the vehicle tollbooth. Fauntleroy-bound bicyclists may continue down to the front of the dock (there is no payment for passengers or bicycles traveling from Southworth to Fauntleroy) bypassing the booth. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. There is one rack that holds 8 bikes.

Tahlequah:  There is no payment for passengers or bicycles traveling from Tahlequah to Point Defiance. Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. There are no bike racks.

Vashon:  There is no payment for passengers or bicycles traveling from Vashon to Fauntleroy or Southworth. Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get onto the ferry dock. Bicyclists should queue near the terminal building unless otherwise directed. Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. There is one rack which holds 6-8 bikes.