WA State Ferry Rates Increase May 1 on Anacortes/San Juan Islands Run

Anacortes Ferry Dock

The peak for WA State Ferry season begins Sunday, May 1.  The  Anacortes / San Juan Islands run will have an additional 35 percent surcharge applied to full fare vehicle/driver tickets.

The peak season surcharge does not affect foot passenger fares or frequent user  fares.  Peak seasonferry fares will be in effect Sunday, May 1 through Friday, Sept. 30. Summer parking rates at Anacortes will also be in effect May 1 through Sept. 30 Рpeak ferry season.

The following is from the WA State Ferry Website:

You can travel three ways:
Come Aboard On foot is easy, quick and avoids auto lines. Passengers are charged for round trip travel on most routes, and pay at passenger toll booths. Board an overhead ramp for loading, or wait for instructions to walk on the car deck. Walk-on passengers must be on board five minutes before departure. Most terminals do not have lockers available or luggage handling facilities, so plan to carry whatever you bring to the terminal. Many ferries are met by public transportation.

By car requires planning ahead. Sunny summer weekends and commuter hours from 6 to 9 a.m. eastbound and 4 to 7 p.m. westbound are busy. Travel at other times if possible. Arrive at the ferry terminal early and plan at least 30 to 40 minutes of wait time. San Juan Island waits may be 2 to 4 hours during peak season, depending on the route.

Pay your way at the toll booth for car/drivers and passengers. Vehicle fares are one-way – except on the Vashon and San Juan Islands routes. Follow directions to the loading area, and remember to be in your car and ready to go 20 minutes before departure time. Cars load in order of arrival with the exception of carpools, vehicles with a special priority, or vehicles to destinations different from yours.

Space on the ferry is limited. It is measured in terms of length, height and width of the load. Vehicles exceeding a “box” size of 7’6″ high by 20 feet long by 8’6″ wide will be subject to surcharges. RVs, bikes on top of the car, and long vehicles pulling trailers or boats are subject to these charges.

By bike (including motorcycles), you can load before cars if you are there 20 minutes before departure time. Otherwise, bikes load at the discretion of the crew – if you are really late, you could load and unload last. Bikes should be secured at the side of the boat. Canoes, kayaks, and other sporting equipment can be accommodated at the direction of the crew. Passenger-only ferries have limited space for bikes.


If the ferry line is too long, spend the night in Anacortes!  Anacortes is on Fidalgo Island, and is part of San Juan Islands.  Fidalgo Island is Connected to the mainland by two bridges and is also connected to Whidbey Island by the Deception Pass Bridge.