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 fly via charter plane to Friday Harbor.

By Air

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

Fly from Seattle area to San Juan Island

Kenmore Air – departs to/from Seattle/Boeing Field to/from Friday Harbor (San Juan Island) and Eastsound (Orcas Island)

Friday Harbor Seaplanes departs to/from Renton Municipal Airport/Lake Washington to/from Friday Harbor (San Juan Island)

Fly from Anacortes to San Juan Island

San Juan Airlines – departs to/from Anacortes or Bellingham, to/from Friday Harbor (San Juan Island) and Eastsound (Orcas Island)

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.

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.

Please allow at least 1-hour in between arriving at Friday Harbor and your tour departure time if you are walking on the ferry.

Passenger only or private charter ferries that serve the San Juan Islands.

Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry – Departing from downtown Seattle, the Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry is a great option for traveling to San Juan Island.

Puget Sound Express provides passenger-only service from Port Townsend, on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

North Shore Charters provides high-speed water taxi service to all of the main San Juan Islands.

By Car

Driving to the start of the trip and parking a car in Anacortes?

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.

Parking Options

Washington State Ferry Terminal Lot

Skagit Transit – March Point Park & Ride

Prefer to shuttle from SeaTac Airport to Anacortes or Friday Harbor?

Bellair Charters – From SeaTac airport to the ferry terminal in Anacortes.

Island Airporter – SeaTac airport directly to San Juan Island

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