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Construction at Seattle Terminal

The Seattle terminal and ferry dock is currently under major construction until 2023, and could affect your travel plans. The passenger terminal is much smaller, and the entrance for drive-on customers is located south of the main dock. Learn more about construction.

Project News

Temporary schedule for two weeks: All trips between the Seattle terminal, Bainbridge Island, and Bremerton will follow a temporary sailing schedule beginning on Saturday, Jan. 4 through Jan. 20, 2020. Find out more about the temporary sailing schedule and ways to plan ahead.

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

  • Driving on the ferry? Here are directions to the Colman Dock vehicle entrance:

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

    I-5 Southbound
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 164 for interstate 90 E. toward Bellevue/Spokane
  • Use right lane to keep right at the fork and follow signs for interstate 5 S/Tacoma/Portland
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for 4th Avenue S
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E Martinez Dr
  • Use any lane to turn right onto Edgar Martinez Dr S
  • Turn right onto 1st Ave. S/Dave Niehaus Way S
  • Slight left onto Railroad Way S/SR 519
  • Continue to follow SR 519
  • Turn left on Jackson Street to access the terminal

    Walking on?

    Customers planning to park and walk on the ferry can find parking information for Seattle's Pioneer Square and waterfront neighborhoods here:
    Downtown Seattle Parking.

    Pedestrian access to the passenger terminal is located on Alaskan Way between Columbia and Marion Streets. The passenger pick-up/drop-off area is located in front of the passenger terminal entrance, and vehicles may access this area via Madison Street, just north of the terminal.

    The walk-on passenger terminal may also be accessed from 1st Avenue and Marion Street via the Marion Street pedestrian bridge. Please see the current dock configuration map for more detail.



WSF has implemented a U.S. Coast Guard approved security plan, for more information please visit our Safety and Security page.


Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC)

  • Contact the Ferry Advisory Committee chair representing your community with suggestions or concerns about ferry service.


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 form and email it to Please allow three business days for completion and approval. You can contact us at anytime for status updates at (206)464-6400.

    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.

    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. Taxis are readily available in front of the ferry terminal or across the street.

    Please check 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 taxi, for-hire, transportation network company (TNC), and limousine drivers at Colman Dock, Pier 52? Call the Seattle Customer Service Bureau at (206) 684-2489. You can also go to Consumer Affairs to submit an online complaint.

    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. For information or to register for our rideshare program see ourcarpools and vanpools page.


    Terminal Features and Amenities

    • Overhead Passenger Loading: Yes
    • Elevator: Yes
    • Waiting Room: Yes
    • Food Service: Yes. All galleys on Washington State Ferries will be closed until further notice in an effort to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. However, vending machines will still be available. There are a variety of restaurants, cafes, sandwich shops, and of course coffee shops, within walking distance.

    • 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.

    Pre-purchasing Wave2Go tickets does not guarantee a space on the vessel.


    Lost and Found

    Lost and found items are turned in to the Seattle ferry terminal. Our Information Agents can also assist you with lost and found inquiries from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm (daily) at (206) 515-3439 or 1-888-808-7977.


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