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General Fare Information

Washington State Ferries

Passenger Fares
Passenger fares are generally round trip with the exception of the Port Townsend/Coupeville route and all international sailings to Sidney, British Columbia. 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 6-18 years of age. Children 0-5 years of age travel free. 

One Regional Card for All (ORCA)
ORCA E-purse may be used at WSF locations, except for International travel between Anacortes and Sidney B.C., Friday Harbor and Sidney B.C., and for inter-island vehicle fares in the San Juan Islands. ORCA E-purse can be used to pay for passenger fares, vehicle fares, surcharges, and multi-ride products through Wave2Go.

WSF monthly passenger only passes can be loaded onto your ORCA card and have unlimited usage for the calendar month. Vehicle multi-ride products cannot be loaded on to an ORCA card. 

Use your ORCA card at the tollbooth or turnstile, or on the handheld reader, prior to boarding the ferry to pay your fare. If your card is loaded with an E-purse the fare will be deducted from your card. If you have a WSF monthly passenger pass, valid for the ferry service, the reader will recognize your pass as valid fare payment for the designated calendar month. 

WSF monthly passes may be loaded on adult ORCA cards only. Due to youth and senior passengers already receiving a discounted fare, the WSF monthly pass may not be loaded. Youths/seniors that would like to purchase a WSF monthly pass must do so on an adult ORCA card or purchase a separate Wave2Go product.

Tap your ORCA card to activate E-purse added online or by phone. If you do not tapwithin 60 days, reactivate that E-purse by contacting ORCA customer service at888-988-6722 or .

Vehicle Fares
Our vehicle fares are based on a vehicle’s length, height, and width, as well as the distance you will be traveling on board our ferry. For example, the fare for a car towing a boat or trailer is based on the length of the car and the trailer or boat combined. Most vehicle fares are one-way with the exception of the San Juan Islands and Vashon Island routes, which are round trip fares.

Motorcycles  with a sidecar andvehicles with three wheels under 8’ in length will pay the motorcycle fare;motorcycles towing a trailer or three-wheeled vehicles 8’ or over will pay theUnder 14’ vehicle fare.

Vehicles less than 14 feet long
Vehicles less than 14 feet long (168 inches) receive a discount. This is intended to encourage customers to drive small cars on the ferry and maximize the use of ferry deck space. This fare change is being phased in over three years, starting with the fare set at 90 percent of the standard vehicle fare on Oct. 1, 2011, 80 percent of the standard vehicle fare on May 1, 2012, and 70 percent of the standard vehicle fare in 2013 (phase three subject to future Transportation Commission approval).

Please check your owners manual before purchasing the small car fare.

The standard vehicle size is defined as 14 feet long to less than 22 feet long (it was previously defined as less than 20 feet long).

Elimination of the height surcharge for vehicles under 22 ft. in length
This new tariff policy goes into effect Oct. 1, 2015 and will not charge the 7'6" height surcharge to any vehicle less than 22 feet in length because standard vehicle heights were previously set to a threshold that exceeds wing wall height standards.

The change to the threshold for over 22 foot vehicles would not go into effect until May, 1, 2016 when the height surcharge will drop from 7'6" to 7'2" for the 22-30 foot length under height fare category.

Capital Surcharge
Effective Oct. 1, 2011, fares include a system-wide surcharge of 25 cents per fare. The surcharge is required by law and is dedicated to funding WSF vessel replacement. The 25 cent surcharge is assessed on every ticket issued, whether a one-way or round trip fare. Multi-ride and monthly passes reflect the total per-ticket price.

Peak Season Surcharge
During the ferry system’s busiest months (May 1 through Sept. 30), a peak season surcharge is in effect for vehicles and drivers paying full fare, except for customers using frequent-user multi-ride cards.

Pre-purchase Tickets
WSF encourages all of our customers to pre-purchase their fares prior to arrival at the ferry terminal. Single, full-fare tickets for both passengers and a driver and vehicle can be purchased at our Wave2Go store and printed at home up to 90 days in advance of travel.   

Discounts for Frequent Users
WSF provides discounts to our frequent users. Wave2Go multi-ride cards offer a 20 percent discount for passengers and a 20-45 percent discount for vehicles and drivers depending on the season. A monthly ferry passenger pass offers a 20 percent discount or more depending on the number of uses. The Wave2Go passenger monthly pass is limited to 31 round trips per month and can be used from the first day of the month to the last day of the month.

Wave2Go Multi-Ride Cards
Multi-ride cards provide travel for 20 one-way trips or 10 round trips and are good for 90 days from the date of purchase, except for the San Juan Islands vehicle cards, which contain five round trips. Multi-ride cards are non-refundable. These can be purchased online at our Wave2Go store  and printed at home, purchased at the terminal tollbooths, or purchased at kiosks inside the terminals. Multi-ride cards, both for passengers and for vehicle and driver, can be used more than once on the same sailing. Monthly passenger passes can be used only one time per sailing.

Monthly ferry passenger passes can be purchased online at our Wave2Go store and printed at home or at the terminal tollbooths or kiosks from the 15th of the month to the 4th of the following month.

Children under 6 years of age travel free. The youth fare, ages 6-18, is discounted 50 percent from the full passenger fare. It is not available online or at a kiosk because proof of eligibility may be required at time of purchase.

Fare Collection Points
This chart shows the point of fare collection for each route for passengers and vehicles. All passenger fares and round trip vehicle fares are paid westbound only unless indicated.

Routes Passenger Vehicle/Driver
Seattle/Bainbridge Island
Round Trip
Round Trip
Round Trip
One Way
One Way
One Way
Point Defiance/Tahlequah
Round Trip
Round Trip
Round Trip (Eastbound)
Round Trip
Round Trip
Round Trip (Eastbound)
Port Townsend/Coupeville
Round Trip
One Way
Round Trip
One Way
One Way
One Way
Anacortes to San Juans:
Friday Harbor

Round Trip
Round Trip
Round Trip

Round Trip
Round Trip
Round Trip
Anacortes/Sidney, B.C.
Islands to Sidney, B.C.
San Juans Inter-Island
One Way
Round Trip
One Way
Round Trip
Round Trip

School Groups/Chartered Buses
For information on special rates and authorizations for school groups, chartered buses and group sales, please visit our School Groups page or call 511 or 206-464-6400.

Carpool/Vanpool Preferential Loading
Commuter carpools and vanpools  registered with WSF are eligible for preferential loading privileges. Registered vanpools do not pay the vehicle/driver fare, only fares for passengers.

Accepted Forms of Payment
We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Cards as well as debit cards at all terminals. WSF does not accept unsigned credit cards. All terminals accept cash and traveler’s checks. WSF does not accept checks for fare payment. WSF accepts most transit vouchers (available from local transit companies to businesses throughout the Puget Sound). The  ORCA card is accepted for fare payment using E-purse or any WSF agency specific product.

Payment Issues

Receipts are to be issued for all sales. If no receipt is issued, or there is a discrepancy, please call 206-515-3482 or send a description of the transaction:

Attn: Operations, Revenue Control
WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF)
2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121-3014

Persons with Disabilities
Persons with disabilities may travel at half the regular passenger fare rate if proper proof of disability is presented. Acceptable ID includes the Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP), Medicare card, WSF Disability Travel Permit, or other identification which establishes disability. In the case of a driver with disabilities, only the passenger portion of the fare is reduced, not the vehicle portion. If a customer with disabilities requires attendant care and has proof via physician certification, they can obtain an endorsement on their RRFP or WSF Disability Permit allowing the attendant to travel as a passenger for free. For information on the RRFP call 206-205-9185; for the WSF Disability Permit call 888-808-7977.

Senior Citizens (65+)
Passengers and drivers 65+ may travel at half the regular passenger fare rate if proof of age is presented. In the case of the senior driver, only the passenger portion of the fare is reduced, not the vehicle portion. This fare is not available online or at a kiosk because proof of eligibility is required.

ReValue Products
Frequent users may choose to use one of our ReValue products, cards that are automatically replenished online and are valid for 90 days or until all rides have been used. You manage this service online and the fares are charged to your credit card. Each time the card is revalued you are notified via email.

Seniors or customers with disabilities can also order a ReValue passenger card online. The card has five senior or disabilities passenger rides.

Sidney, B.C. to Anacortes
Fares collected in Sidney, B.C. are one-way through to Anacortes, but allow eastbound stop-offs in the San Juan Islands at no additional charge. Customers not sailing to Anacortes can purchase a round trip fare from Friday Harbor to Sidney B.C.
ORCA is not an accepted form of payment for International travel. All International fares are based on U.S. currency. 

We take reservations for the Port Townsend/Coupeville route, for travel in the San Juan Islands, and for international travel between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C.  Reservations can be made  online or by calling 511 or 206-464-6400. 

Schedule / Fare Information
206-464-6400 (in Seattle or from out-of-state)
888-808-7977 (WA & BC only)
511 (WA)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information 
This material can be made available in an alternate format by emailing the WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity at or by calling toll free, 855-362-4ADA(4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.