The San Juan Islands
Ferries from Seattle to San Juan Island are a great way to get from Washington’s most famous city to the naturally beautiful island off the coast of the state.
Clipper Vacations runs a passenger ferry from Seattle to Friday Harbor, which is located on San Juan Island. There is a daily ferry from Seattle to Friday Harbor from mid-May until early September.
From early September until late September, there is a ferry on Saturday and Sunday only. There are no ferries from Seattle to San Juan Island between late September and mid-May.
Ferries that travel on this route depart from Pier 69, which is located at 2701 Alaskan Way in Seattle. They travel through the beautiful Deception Pass and dock at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
Ferry journeys take three and a half hours to get to the island and 2 hours and 45 minutes to get back. Times can vary depending on the weather.
Most ferry trips include an optional two and and a half hour whale watching excursion that starts 15 minutes after the ferry arrives in Friday Harbor and ends two and a half hours before departure for Seattle.
Ferries to San Juan Island offer various on-board services including food for purchase. The views are spectacular, so make sure to look out the windows while you are traveling.
Tickets for ferries from Seattle to San Juan Island cost from $80 round trip and $42.50 one way. There are good online discounts if you buy ferry tickets at least a day ahead. These include a deal where a child can travel free with a paying adult.