Getting Here

Getting to San Juan Island

There are several great options for getting to Orcas Island! You can drive to the town of Anacortes, WA and catch the Washington State Ferry, or fly via Kenmore Air with round-trip air direct from downtown Seattle.

 Taking the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, WA

Called the gateway to the San Juan Islands, the Washington State Ferry departure from Anacortes, WA is the #1 way our guests travel to Orcas Island. Voted one the most beautiful ferry rides in the world, a leisurely ride on a Washington State Ferry gives you a taste of the archipelago's beauty. For GPS users, the Anacortes Ferry Terminal is located at 2100 Ferry Terminal Road, Anacortes, WA 98221.

Please review the ferry schedule ferry times.  Please allow at least 1-hour in between arriving at Friday Harbor and your tour departure time if you are walking on the ferry and 1.5-hours in between arrival time and tour departure time if bring a car onto the ferry.

Anacortes - San Juan Island ferry schedule - The ferry schedule changes each season.  Please ensure you view the correct ferry schedule for your tour departure date.  Schedules for the upcoming season are released two months prior to schedule change.

Bringing a Car to San Juan Island?

The ferry system takes vehicle reservations for the Anacortes to Orcas Island route.  Reservations for cars are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Reservations are released in thirds.

Two months before the start of the season, one-third of reservations for all sailings for the entire season are released.

Two weeks before the sailing date another one-third is released.

Two days before the sailing date the final one-third is released.

Space is always released at 7:00 a.m. Read our  Tiered Release of Space handout (PDF 456 kB) for more information.  

Driving Directions From Downtown Seattle to Anacortes

Allow at least 1.5 - 2 hours driving time.

Take Interstate 5 north to the Burlington exit, #230. Turn west (left) on Highway 20 until you reach Anacortes.

Once in downtown Anacortes, follow the signs (San Juan Island Ferries) to the ferry landing.

Driving Directions From Bellingham to Anacortes

Allow about 1 hour driving time.

Take interstate 5 south to Burlington exit, #230. Turn west (right) on Highway 20 until you reach Anacortes.

Once in downtown Anacortes, follow the signs (San Juan Island Ferries) to the ferry landing.