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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.

WSF's Terminal Conditions are unavailable for this terminal. Fares are not collecting before departing the island. View Vashon Island cameras.

Ferry Alert Bulletins


Wait Time


Directions and Transportation Connections

  • Head north on Vashon Highway South, the main road on Vashon Island. This road ends at the Vashon terminal.



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 is available about a block away from the terminal on the hill. There are Park and Ride lots available in town. For park and ride information and bus connections check Metro Online.

Airport Shuttle
Vashon Shuttle

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(no fare redemption at Vashon)
Roundtrip Fares Purchased at Fauntleroy and Southworth. Purchase tickets at the auto tollbooths, at the kiosk inside the terminal waiting room, or online in advance.

Motorcyle Entry/Staging
Motorcycles may bypass traffic line, enter the HOV lane, and proceed to front of vehicle staging lanes located across from terminal building. During commute hours and weekends, motorcycles may receive special staging instructions from seller or traffic attendant.

Motorcycle Loading
Loading order: bicycles, motorcycles, vehicles, late arriving motorcycles as space permits.

Special Communication
No motorcycle fare is charged when traveling from Vashon Island. Motorcycle fares are roundtrip and redeemed at Fauntleroy, Southworth and Point Defiance.

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).

Trucks with a ground clearance of less than 14" may not be allowed to travel to/from Vashon Island during periods of extreme low tides. Vashon Low Tides

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 racks.

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: No
  • Elevator: No
  • Waiting Room: Yes
  • Food Service: No. Vending machines with drinks and snacks are available in the terminal. Food service is provided on board the ferries on this route by Centerplate Sound Provisions.

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

    Vessel #1:
  • Daily: 4:15 am to 7:45 pm

    Vessel #2:
  • Monday - Friday: 5:20 am to 7:15 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 7:15 am to 5:30 pm

  • 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.

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

For more information check Fares.


Transit Options


Lost and Found

Lost and found items on this route are turned in to the Fauntleroy 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.