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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.

Ferry Alert Bulletins


Wait Time


Directions and Transportation Connections

  • Northbound on Highway 3: Take the "Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island" exit. You must turn right off the exit ramp. Continue to follow this road for approximately 13 miles; it will take you straight to the ferry dock.

    Southbound from the Hood Canal Bridge: Make a right turn coming off the bridge. After driving approximately 6 miles, you will come to the "Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island" exit. Exit at that point and follow the road for aproximately 13 miles.

    Southbound from the Kingston area: Follow the road from Kingston for about 5 miles until you come to a stoplight. (Valley Nursery and a Kitsap Transit bus parking lot will be off to the left.) Turn left and follow the road for about 12.5 miles to the ferry terminal.

    Dropping off or picking up? The pick up or drop off spot is located up front by the terminal building.



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

There are three large lots within two blocks of the terminal. Time and price options are posted at the lots. The WSF terminal parking lot directly outside of the main terminal entrance is operated by U-Park System. At this lot, daily rates (up to 24 hours) run from $7.00 to $15.00. All offer rates for weekend or extended stays. To sign up for monthly parking, carpools and vanpools please call the U-Park System Office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, (206) 284-9797.

Parking Classifications and Rates at WSF Bainbridge terminal lot:

  • All Day (0-10 hours) $11.00
  • 24 Hours $15.00
  • Evenings (7:00pm) $ 7.00
  • Motorcycles (24 hours) $ 5.00

  • There are 11 ADA spaces available in the terminal parking lot. It’s important to note that when all the sign posted ADA spaces are filled in a WSF lot, disabled customers are allowed to park in any empty space, for free, with their ADA placard, except those spaces reserved for other uses (e.g., carpool and Ferry System employee vehicles). This only applies at the WSF/U-Park System terminal parking lot, directly outside the main terminal doors.

    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 kiosk inside the terminal waiting room, or online in advance.
    • Motorcycle Entry/Staging
      If holding area is full and traffic has come to a stop at the tollbooth, proceed around vehicles to the seller’s window at the tollbooth.
    • Motorcycle Loading
      Loading order: bicycles, motorcycles, vehicles, late arriving motorcycles as space permits.

    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).

    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 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 from 6:00 am to 8:45 am. There are two large bicycle racks at the terminal which hold 32 bikes.

    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 check Rideshare.


    Terminal Features and Amenities

    • Overhead Passenger Loading: Yes
    • Elevator: No
    • Waiting Room: Yes
    • Food Service: No.

      Galley hours for the Winter 2020 schedule are in effect January 5, 2020 - June 20, 2020:

      Vessel #1:
    • Monday - Friday: 4:45 am to 9:15 pm
    • Espresso bar until 12:30 pm M-Th, and until 11:00 pm on Friday only
    • Saturday - Sunday: 5:20 am - 8:15 pm
    • Espresso bar until 11:20 pm on Saturday, and 1:30 pm on Sunday

      Vessel #2:
    • Monday - Friday: 5:20 am to 8:15 pm
    • Espresso bar until 1:30 pm M-Th, and until 10:15 pm on Friday only
    • Saturday: 8:00 am to 9:15 pm
    • Sunday: 8:55 am to 9:15 pm
    • Espresso bar until 10:15 pm on Saturday and until 2:20 pm on Sunday

      Please note, the Espresso Bar closing times are only applicable on M/V Tacoma.

      Vending machines with snacks and drinks are also available at the terminal. 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.

    Fare Purchase/Redemption
    Purchase and redeem tickets at the auto tollbooths. Tickets may be purchased at the kiosk inside the terminal waiting room, or online in advance.
    Multi-ride cards are good for 90 days from the date of purchase and are non-refundable.

    For more information check Fares.

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


    Transit Options


    Lost and Found

    Lost and found items on this route are turned in to the Bainbridge ferry terminal. Due to storage limitations, found items are held for 10 days from the date they were found. Our Information Agents can assist you with lost and found inquiries from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm (daily) at (206) 464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.