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Terminal Status

Approximate Vehicle Spaces Available in Holding Area
Note: Vehicles in line that have not been processed through a tollbooth are not counted here. Please view cameras for vehicles queued outside the tollbooths, which will subtract from the listed available space.

Space Availability Legend

  • 60%-100%
  • 10%-60%
  • < 10%
  • Cancelled / Unavailable

Ferry Alert Bulletins


Directions and Transportation Connections

  • I-5 Northbound
    Take exit 164B for Edgar Martinez Drive S
    Turn right onto Edgar Martinez Dr S/SR 519
    Take the 1st right onto 1st Avenue South/Dave Niehaus Way
    Continue to follow 1st Avenue South
    Slight left onto Railroad Way S/SR 519
    Continue to follow SR 519(under viaduct)
    Turn left on Madison Street to access the terminal

    I-5 Southbound
    Take exit 165B to merge onto Union St
    Turn left onto 5th Ave
    Turn right onto Madison St to access the terminal

    Ongoing Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Updates:
    More Details
    Bicycles and pedestrians will follow the existing Alaskan Way S. multi-use trail.

    Additional Parking Information for Seattle's Pioneer Square and waterfront neighborhoods:
    Downtown Seattle Parking



WSF has implemented a U.S. Coast Guard approved security plan, for more information please check Security.


Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC)

  • Contact your local Ferry Advisory Committee at FAC.


Tourist Information


Parking options closest to the terminal (hourly, daily, monthly, evening, early bird and weekend parking options) include:

1. Commuter Center surface lot, across the street at 811 Western Ave., $4.00/hour. Call (206) 284-6303.
2. First and Columbia Garage, two blocks away at 721 First Ave.; $3.00/hour up to 4 hours; $25.00 for 4 to 24 hours. Call 877-717-0004.
3. Waterfront Place, two blocks away at 1101 Western Ave; $6/hour, $10.00/2 hours, $14.00/3 hours, $16.00/4 hours, $18.00/6 hours, $21.00/10 hours, $24.00/24 hours. Call (206) 624-2482.
4. Street parking ($2.50 per hour, 2 hour maximum). Sundays are free but time limits are enforced.

There are more garages along the waterfront and in Pioneer Square, six of which offer $3.00/hour parking for up to four hours (taxes included). Rates vary on event days. Check directly with the garage for additional information.

Follow signs for I-5 North. Seattle Ferry terminal is exit 164B, about 30 minutes driving north; this is the Atlantic St exit and Safeco field exit.

The exit will take you to Edgar Martinez Dr which is between Safeco Field and the parking garage. At the stoplight on 1st Ave you can either go straight out to Alaskan Way on the waterfront or turn right on 1st Ave go one block to Royal Brougham Way and turn left to get out to Alaskan Way.

The terminal is about 1.2 miles north. Look for overhead signage. There is a special left hand turn lane specifically for vehicle traffic into the toll plaza.

NO DROP OFF at the toll plaza. It is strictly for vehicles and occupants boarding the ferry. Vehicles traveling Southbound take the Safeco Field exit.

While motorcycles are not, by Washington Administrative Code (WAC 468-300-700), a preferential loading category of users, they are often loaded prior to automobiles for operational and staging purposes. Arrival at the dock after vehicle load has commenced requires motorcycles to wait until all cars have been loaded for the next motorcycle loading opportunity. Motorcycles should proceed, while on the dock, at no more than 10 mph. Use caution when car decks are wet. The following information details specific staging for this terminal:

  • Motorcycle Fare Purchase/Redemption
    Purchase tickets at the auto tollbooths, at the passenger booth, at the kiosk inside the terminal waiting room, or online in advance.

  • Motorcycle Entry/Staging
    Use booth #4 (right lane), if pre-ticketed, during commuter hours. May turn right into the toll plaza from southbound Alaskan Way or left from northbound Alaskan Way.

    Bremerton staging in lane #4.
    Bainbridge staging in lane #38.

  • Motorcycle Loading
    Loading order: Bicycles, motorcycles, vehicles, late arriving motorcycles as space permits.
  • Trucks
    WSF requires trucks with a gross vehicle weight of over 80,000 lbs and/or over 8’6” wide to have “travel approval” before crossing any of our routes. Vessels on this route have a limited height clearance and trucks may be loaded out of sequence.

    Trucks that have a gross vehicle weight of over 80,000 lbs but are hauling less than 80,000 lbs will need to provide a weight slip.

    Please fill out our Oversized/Overweight Vehicle Travel Request Form by downloading a pdf version of the form and fax it to us at (206)515-3773. Please allow three business days for completion and approval. You can contact us at anytime for status updates at (206)464-6400 (Seattle).

    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 pm to 6:45 pm), mid-loads of bicyclists are allowed. Bicycle racks are available under the terminal building. There are 6 racks holding 150 bikes.

    Amtrak is located at 3rd and King St., 303 S. Jackson Street Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 382-4125 or 1-800-USA-RAIL Amtrak.

    The train station is approximately 7 blocks from the ferry terminal and is within walking distance. There are other options to get between the ferry terminal and the train station. Taxis are readily available in front of the ferry terminal or across the street.

    Route 99 bus service has replaced the Waterfront Streetcar and includes more frequent peak time service, connections to Sounder rail and ferry, and the ability to load bikes. These buses are easily found because they are specially wrapped to look like the streetcar. Please check Route 99 for schedules.

    If you have questions about the streetcars or how to connect with Metro buses, call Metro Rider Information at (206) 553-3000, TTY users call (206) 684-1739, online at Trip Planner. For the scheduled departure times of regular bus service at bus stops, call Bus Time (automated schedule information) at (206) 287-8463.

    Taxicabs are located in front of the ferry terminal or across the street and are readily available.

    How do I make a complaint about the Taxis/Limousine drivers at Colman Dock, Pier 52?

    Call the taxi complaint line at (206) 296-8294 or e-mail your complaint to You can also go to Consumer Affairs

    The limousine chauffuer complaint line is (206) 684-CITY or you can fill out a Complaint Form online.

    When traveling to Pier 52, carpool/vanpool drivers may turn right onto the ferry terminal during peak commute hours when other vehicles cannot. Carpool/Vanpools must be ticketed and in line 10 minutes before scheduled sailing time to receive preferential loading. If you are late, you will be loaded on a space available basis at the end of the loading. Car/van pools need to be registered or a recognized HOV with the ferry system HOV program, to receive loading privileges. For information or to register for our rideshare program check Rideshare.


    Terminal Features and Amenities

    • Overhead Passenger Loading: Yes
    • Elevator: Yes
    • Waiting Room: Yes
    • Food Service: Yes.
      Food service is provided on board the ferries on this route by Centerplate Sound Provisions.
      Galley hours for the Winter 2018 schedule are in effect January 7 through March 31:

      Seattle/Bainbridge Route
      Vessel #1:
    • Monday - Friday:  4:45 am to 9:15 pm
    • Saturday - Sunday:  5:20 am to 8:15 pm

      Vessel #2:
    • Monday - Friday:  5:20 am to 8:15 pm
    • Saturday:  8:00 am to 9:15 pm
    • Sunday:  8:55 am to 9:15 pm

      Seattle/Bremerton Route
      Vessel #1:
    • Monday - Saturday:  4:50 am to 9:30 pm
    • Sunday:  6:00 am to 9:30 pm

      Vessel #2:
    • Daily:  6:20 am to 8:15 pm

      Colman Dock food vendors:
      Caffe Appassionato
      Commuter Comforts Cafe' & Wine Bar
      Puget Sound Provisions
      Taco Del Mar

    • Restrooms: Yes



    Fare Discounts

    We offer seniors (65+), persons with disabilities and passengers with a Medicare card, or other eligibility verification, travel at half the regular passenger fare rate. We offer special rates for youth ages 6 to 18. Children ages 5 and under travel free. For more information check Fares.

    Multi-ride cards are good for 90 days from the date of purchase and are non-refundable.

    Fare Purchase/Redemption
    Purchase and redeem tickets at the auto tollbooths. Tickets may be purchased at the passenger booth, or at the kiosk inside the terminal waiting room, or online in advance.


    Lost and Found

    Lost and found items are turned in to the Seattle ferry terminal. You can reach the Lost & Found Department at (206)515-3439. Their hours of operation are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for lunch.) Our Information Agents can also assist you with lost and found inquiries from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm at (206)464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.


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