You can drive from Victoria to Swartz Bay, take the ferry (reservation useful, but necessary only on holiday weekends) to Tsawwassen, and then drive to Seattle ... a long trip, often with quite a wait at U.S. Customs. At least five hours.
go via the Hood Canal Bridge, which may not have tolls any more, and then Washington State ferry from (say) Bainbridge Island to Seattle (at least five hours),
or drive around Puget Sound and across the Narrows Bridge via Tacoma and back to Seattle (at least six hours, more if you hit rush hour).
The best route is Coho and Bainbridge ferries. Wait for U.S. Customs at Port Angeles is short, and the drive to Bainbridge is lovely.
There's one more option as well--the ferry from Sidney (north of Victoria) to Anacortes through the San Juan Islands. It goes 2x a day in summer. The whole trip will take about 5 hours (3 hour ferry ride and 2 hours from Anacortes to Seattle).
I'd agree that taking the Coho to Port Angeles is probably your best bet, although the ferry through the San Juans is very scenic.
If you take the Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen ferry via BC Ferries (www.bcferries.bc.ca), you'll realize that their schedule is the most frequent - with ferries every hour or every 2 hours.
Agree, the BC Ferries schedule is the most convenient but depending on when I was traveling, I''d go with an option that didn't include crossing the border from BC to WA at the Peace Arch or the nearby truck crossing due to the possible long wait to get into the US. With the other options, it's pretty quick going through customs/immigration, or at least that's been my experience.
Thanks for all your great advice!!
I didnt realize it was such a long trip, but with that said, do you think that it may make more sense to just take the ferry back to Vancouver, and then drive down from there to Seattle? Would that save time and money or would that be worse? Thanks again, you've all been great!!!
The ferry from Victoria to Vancouver is the "Swartz Bay - Tsawwassen" route we're all talking about. Swartz Bay is the major BC Ferries terminal located a 30-40 minute drive north of Victoria. Tsawwassen is the major BC Ferries terminal located a 40 minute drive south of Vancouver. However, Tsawwassen, is only a 20 minute drive away from the Canada-USA border. The problem is that the border is unpredictable - depending on the time and the day of the week, you could wait as little as 5 minutes or for over an hour - it's really a gamble. But once you cross the border, it's a 2 hour drive along I-5 into downtown Seattle. Just be wary of Seattle's rush hour traffic.
No--due to the unpredictability of the border crossing wait.
I have taken all of the ferries mentioned. Personally I would take the Sidney - Anacortes ferry as it is the most scenic of the 3 options and is a much quicker and a shorter driving distance than the BC ferries. My second choice would be from downtown Victoria to Port Angeles though it is by far the least scenic of the 3.
could you tell me the prices for a car ferry from sattle to victoria canada