Getting to Friday Harbor (San Juan Island), Wa

There are a number of ways to get to Friday Harbor (the town on San Juan Island) in Washington State. These are the most common ways of travel:

Take the ferry to Friday Harbor:

The most common way to get to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island: Drive your own car, a rental, or take a shuttle to the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes, WA. (about two hours north of Seattle) and then either walk-on (recommended) or drive-on. Reservations are NOT required to get on the ferry however you should arrive at least 45 minutes before the scheduled departure on weekdays and more than an hour on the weekends.

The ferry ride is about 1-1.5 hours  giving you the opportunity to relax and take photos of the surrounding islands. See driving directions below.  Washington State Ferry (800) 84-FERRY or (206) 464-4600. Click here for the current ferry schedule.


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Our office is located at 40 Spring st, Friday Harbor WA. Our office is shared with Crystal Seas Kayaking. From the memorial park round-about next to the ferry landing just walk up Spring st for half a block. Find our office on the right hand side just up from Cask and Schooner Restaurant.

Map to the San Juan Excursions office in downtown Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.

Take an airplane to Friday Harbor:

Fly to Friday Harbor from downtown Seattle or Sea-Tac International Airport.  This is the quickest way to get here with the trip taking around 40 minutes.  Make sure to appreciate the amazing views on your way over.

Kenmore Air (800) 543-9595 - Float plane service from Lake Washington and Lake Union in the Seattle area.

San Juan Airlines (800) 690-0086 - Service from Seattle, Anacortes and Bellingham.

 

Driving directions to the ferry terminal in Anacortes:


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From the Seattle area:

Take I-5 north to exit 230, which is just north of the city of Mt. Vernon.  Go west on Highway 20 for about 20 miles to Anacortes following the  "Anacortes-San Juan Islands" signs.   Drive through Anacortes and take a left at the light by Safeway.  Follow this road until you reach the Washington State Ferry terminal.  Here you can choose to either park your car in one of the available lots or drive your car onto the ferry.  If you walk-on then just arrive at the terminal 30-40 minutes prior to the ferry time to give yourself enough time to find parking and get your ferry passes.  If you choose to drive onto the ferry the wait time could be quite substantial depending on the time and the day (typically 1.5-2+ hours). 

Total drive time from Seattle is about two hours.

From the Vancouver/Bellingham area:

Take I-5 south to Burlington and and then take exit 230. Go west on Highway 20 for about 20 miles to Anacortes following the  "Anacortes-San Juan Islands" signs.   Drive through Anacortes and take a left at the light by Safeway.  Follow this road until you reach the Washington State Ferry terminal.  Here you can choose to either park your car in one of the available lots or drive your car onto the ferry.  If you walk-on then just arrive at the terminal 30-40 minutes prior to the ferry time to give yourself enough time to find parking and get your ferry passes.  If you choose to drive onto the ferry the wait time could be quite substantial depending on the time and the day (typically 1.5-2+ hours).

Total drive time from Vancouver is about two hours plus border crossing time.  Total drive time from Bellingham is about one hour.

Shuttles and Buses to the San Juan Islands

From the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport:

Airporter Shuttle (866) 235-5247 - Regularly scheduled shuttles to the ferry terminal in Anacortes.

 

 

Reservations Line: 800-809-4253