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Getting to San Juan Island

Getting there is half the fun!

Washington San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure

Several great options for getting to San Juan Island!

There are no bridges to the San Juan Islands; therefore, all travel from the mainland is either by water or by air.

You can drive to the town of Anacortes, WA and catch the Washington State Ferry, or join us on the Whale Plane with round-trip air direct from downtown Seattle.

By Air

Air service to the San Juan Islands is provided by the following:

  • Kenmore Air(to and from Roche Harbor, Orcas Island, Seattle/Boeing Field, Seattle/Lake Union)
  • San Juan Airlines(to and from Anacortes, Bellingham, Eastsound (Orcas Island), Lopez Island, Blakely, Decatur). They merged with Northwest Sky Ferry, an inter-island carrier serving Bellingham, Anacortes, Friday and Roche Harbors (San Juan Island), Eastsound (Orcas Island) and Lopez, Waldron, Shaw, Stuart, Blakely, Center, Crane, Decatur and Eliza Islands, as well as Seattle.
  • Friday Harbor Seaplanes (to and from Renton Municipal Airport/Lake Washington, Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor)

Fly Direct From Seattle with Kenmore Air!

We partner with Kenmore Air to provide round-trip air from Lake Union to San Juan Island! Flights depart daily.

Fly from Anacortes to San Juan Island

If you cannot make a ferry, miss your ferry or prefer not to take the ferry, you can also fly from Anacortes (approx. $85 pp) with San Juan Airlines

By Ferry

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 San Juan 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 – Friday Harbor 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.

If you are coming for a day trip – you do not need your car.  Save money and time – purchase a passenger walk on ticket!  Ask us about our complimentary shuttle to Roche Harbor.

Four ferry systems serve some of the San Juan Islands.

Passenger-only ferries serve more islands. Passenger-only ferry service is usually seasonal and offered by private business.

By Car

Bringing a Car to San Juan Island?

The ferry system takes vehicle reservations for the Anacortes to Friday Harbor route.  Reservations for cars are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.  Reservations are not needed for walk on passengers.  Make your vehicle reservation here:

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.

Driving Directions From Port Townsend to Anacortes

If you are driving, you will need to take the Keystone Ferry.

This ferry will land in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. From here, take Highway 20 north to Anacortes.

Don’t have a car or want to Fly?

Island Airporter

SeaTac airport directly to San Juan Island, either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor

Bellair Charters

From SeaTac airport to the ferry terminal in Anacortes. Approximately $40 one way. 866-235-5247

Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry

Departing from downtown Seattle, the Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry is a great option for guests staying overnight on San Juan Island.