Washington State Ferries
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  • DeoniaNeveu
    Burlington, North Carolina6,160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Way To Sightsee On The Ferry Ride
    We took the Ferry ride over to Port Orchard, WA and it was a very nice and quick ride, with a ton of great comfortable seating styles. You can bring your Car and/or Motorcycle onto the Ferry as well. On a one way Trip Ticket, you get a return trip back without a Fee for Port Orchard. The Ferry has a lot of flexible times that it operates and stays open into the late Evening hours, but be sure to check the times that work for you. We enjoyed the ride it was like having a cheap Tour Ride. The Ferry Boat also has a light Snack stand inside to buy a drink or a snack (Candy Bars etc.).
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • SuperDave
    Brandon, Canada123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great operation, great results
    I enjoy watching an efficient operation in progress, and the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry was such an event. It arrived in Coupeville 10 minutes late (?), unloaded quickly and loaded quickly, and departed 10 minutes late (no surprise there). Crossing was smooth, and the Port Townsend disembarkation was quick. Everything that a passenger wants to experience from such a company. Congratulations!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • KJShay
    Frederick, Maryland82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ride to Bainbridge Island
    This is the best bargain in Seattle. $9 to walk on at Pier 52 and ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island. On a clear day, mostly in the summer, you can see Mount Rainier and other mountains. I think I might have seen Mount Baker to the North. The views of downtown Seattle are nice as well. Go during non rush hour times such as late morning. It does get crowded at rush hour. Bainbridge has a good art museum and interesting historical museum. Also restaurants, shops etc. you can walk to from the ferry, then ride back free.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Mustang X
    Dallas, North Carolina85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable trip
    We took the ferry to Bainbridge. It was fun to stand outdoors in the fresh air and see Seattle from the water. Definitely worth the $10 fare. Not much in Bainbridge, just pricey restaurants and small stores. Typical tourist town. Getting there on the ferry was the highlight of the day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Khalid K
    Canada37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene Ferry Ride to Beautiful Bainbridge
    The ferry terminal was easy to get to and we reached 15 minutes before departure time. The ferry was 20 minutes lares, but considering 200+ cars coming off and one, a small time delay can be expected. The ferry was very quiet and we enjoyed the ride across the lake to Bainbridge. The city of Bainbridge was peaceful and the reserves and parks were a treat.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ride to Bainbridge Island
    Driving onboard the ferry was very easy from the Seattle terminal. Just enter from Alaskan Way and Jackson St and follow the signs. I got there about 15 minutes before the 6:30 PM departure, which I thought was going to be tight, but there turned out to be plenty of space. The ride is very comfortable and scenic, and there is both indoor and outdoor seating. The boat also has a galley with a decent (albeit pricey) selection of snacks and simple hot foods. Overall, the ferry is the perfect way to travel from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Transportation and Attraction - Awesome Experience
    In our journey across the state of Washington we had the chance to take the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds with our rental car. Not only was this a great way to travel, cutting both miles and hours from our trip, it was a very enjoyable activity. I will admit at first going in the car line was a little scary, but they make it easy where you pay for the car, $22.00, and follow the car ahead of you. You will see a picture of the car line they put you in. Once your car is parked on the ferry you can get out and go use the restroom, get something to eat and drink and sit on the top deck for the crossing. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and we could see the skyscrapers of Seattle framed by Mount Rainier. You also got great views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. As the ferry nears Edmonds, the other side, you return to your car and follow the car ahead out, real easy. It was a great way to travel and to enjoy time on the water.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great crossing
    Nice trip out on the ferry as a foot passenger, but also a car ferry, so takes a while to load. All very easy. Lots of seating in and out. Great view of Seattle skyline from ferry. Our crossing was to Bainbridge Island. You can walk into Winslow with no problem. A few shops and cafes to explore and an art museum with its own café. If you want an expedition, Bloedel Reserve is right at the other end of the Island. Can get there by car or by 10 minute bus and 20 minute walk at the end but must book a slot for arrival (fee). It would be worth doing the trip on a nice day as a foot passenger just for the view
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Hawaiian Canuck
    Vancouver, Canada2,038 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I always wanted to do this
    When you think of Seattle, Washington State Ferries are a must thing to do when you visit because you get to experience the city from a different perspective. It’s a more parred down service than the BC Ferries system I use up in Vancouver, but it’s reliable and a local staple. You don’t get the fancy restaurants or gift shops but it’s got seating, lots of space and is reasonably priced with great views. My favourite route is the Bainbridge run. Take it on a dry day and enjoy.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Mimi C
    Seattle, Washington103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Day Trip
    I love taking the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge! The sweet spot on a week day is boarding around 11:30. You completely skip the work traffic and can come back around 2 and skip traffic home too. The views of the city are so pretty on a sunny day. The staff is always friendly and efficient.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
No trip to Seattle should be complete without a ride or two on the Washington State Ferries. They’re inexpensive, scenic, reliable, and a water experience unlike other ferries you might ride in other regions. I’ve taken the Bainbridge route multiple times so far, and it never gets old; the views of downtown Seattle, the thick evergreens of the Puget Sound islands hugging the shore, the occasional dolphin or two, and Mount Rainier on sunny days are all valid reasons to love these ferries.

Some tips: make sure you arrive plenty early to avoid rushing to the entry points when boarding begins. Remember, timeliness and efficiency is among the ferry system’s highest priorities. There’s no leeway for delayed departures in order to accommodate straggling passengers. Ferries run the same routes quite regularly throughout the day, though, even during COVID—so no real worry if you miss a ride.

Safety is always important to mention, but security is probably on the ferries, and I always feel incredibly safe from threats of any kind. That should be the least of your worries.

So don’t wait—book your ferry tickets NOW! It’s by far the best ferry network in the US!
Written 24 October 2021
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Placervillewiney
Camino, CA75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The ferry system is interesting to see the rate of speed to get cars on and off is worth the ride.... the trip to Bainbridge is $4.50 (seniors) per person and is a round trip fare (no car). Pleasant trip across the bay and wonderful views of Seattle
Written 5 October 2020
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31TravelingKat
Carlsbad, CA28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
The price was kinda high especially for us. We paid a total of $52 (it’s 4.50 for anyone under 18) and I think around $9.05 for adults. Once you are over to the town/island, you have to pay $20.40 to come back onto the boat. Once you pay, you wait in line for a while. If you want drinks, you have to get off the car and walk up a building to overpriced vending machines. But once you move the car onto the boat, you park and get off. That’s when the fun begins. The ferry has 4 levels. Coffee and vending machines were on the top levels. And the view was magnificent. You can walk around it all and it’s great for pictures. There’s the view of the whole city as you go away into the sea. We loved it. It was worth the price but you won’t realize that until you’re up there. When it’s time to get back into the cars to move them, the captain rings the bell. So you do have time to run down.
Written 5 August 2021
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JCTRAVELMAN
San Jose, CA280 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Worst hospitality during our wait on our way back from the island to the mainland. The guard on the way back at the 10pm ferry return. He was extremely rude. As a state ferry and paid service I felt that the attendant could of had better service and possibly needs additional training. Many locals and tourists use the service. The ferry itself was great but the attendant was unpleasant
Written 23 December 2021
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DandK
Seattle, WA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
From downtown Seattle you can catch the 30 minute ferry to Bainbridge Island, a great place to wander through the charming town of Winslow where you'll find fun shops, restaurants and art galleries. You can also take the car ferry or the passenger ferry to Bremerton, the home of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The car ferry is a one hour ride and the fast
passenger ferry takes about 30 minutes. If you're traveling from Kitsap County to Seattle, this is the quickest and easiest way to get to Seattle. If you're lucky, you might just see a few resident or transient orca.
Written 12 February 2020
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Gary M
Port Angeles, WA12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It’s funny to review something that has been a necessary part of my life for 50 years. For 15 years we came from Seattle to visit relatives across Puget Sound. For the past 35 years, we’ve lived in Port Angeles and gone the other way. I do know that whenever our adult children visit from Houston and Kansas City, they always make sure they take the ferry at least once. I gave them four stars because I know that there are fancier ferries other places, but I have no complaints. You always see boats and birds, and even an occasional orca.
Written 7 February 2020
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Karen C
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
My friend and I found ourselves with some time to kill after the American Society of Echocardiography’s 2022 Scientific Session that were held in Seattle ended, so on Tuesday, after a lovely breakfast at Bacco’s, we decided we wanted to enjoy a view of the city from the water. The WSF from Seattle to Bainbridge Island offered a easy and inexpensive option for a quick jaunt across the sound and back before our flight. The purchase process was easy, embarking and disembarking was a breeze, the ferry was well kept up and clean with great decks for enjoying the view and meeting nice people (including a handsome stranger who we later saw at the airport, as well - pity I only got his first name and not his phone number…but I digress). Anyway, looking for a fun little no frills cruise? I recommend the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge.
Written 18 June 2022
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Ian T
Wallasey, UK211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We used this ferry service for a visit to Bainbridge Island and as a much cheaper alternative to view the Seattle skyline than the tourist tours that give you the same view and depart from near the big wheel. The ferries are large, comfortable and spacious affording good views from the open top deck. This ferry option allows a visit to Bainbridge Island, taking in a walkabout and lunch before returning on the regular ferry.
Written 23 February 2020
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Julie
Georgetown, TX2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
I don’t know if all the ferries require reservations but we lost an entire day of our vacation because you have to make reservations, I guess a day or more ahead. We drove an hour and a half to Port Townsend to find out there was no space all day on a week day! There are standby spaces that are nearly impossible to get on. It was very disappointing! I would recommend that you check hours and make reservations before you think of doing anything! Even many restaurants close before dinner time now and wineries require you make an appointment at each one for a tasting/visit . You can’t just stop by. Wish I had known this before I planned!
Written 19 April 2021
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sexybaby7399
Oregon436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I took this ferry trip at 1110 on a sunny Saturday morning and had a gorgeous ride from Bremerton to Seattle going by Bainbridge Island and other islands and experiencing beautiful views in transit. It was taken as a foot passenger so that my wife could have use of our car in Bremerton while I met with my daughter in Seattle. The personnel were all very friendly and accommodating and the trip seemed much shorter than the hour it took! A highly recommended and very economical way to cruise the sound! It’s free to Seattle from Bremerton and senior fares bring the cost down to $4.30 to Bremerton with other discount fares for children and adult fares under $10.
Written 10 March 2020
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