Washington State Ferries Tours
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The quintessential mode of travel for exploring the islands of Puget Sound, Washington State Ferries offer transportation, sightseeing, and wildlife viewing. Hop on a ferry in Seattle and arrive at one of the many picturesque islands across the bay within an hour—all while avoiding traffic and enjoying Seattle skyline views.
As much about the journey as the destination, Washington State Ferries take visitors from downtown Seattle (and other ferry terminals along the mainland) to islands such as
Bainbridge, Bremerton, and Vashon. Along the way, you can take photos of the Seattle skyline, keep an eye out for wildlife—it’s not uncommon to spot whales—and enjoy a break from the busy city.
The quaint island destinations offer restaurants, shopping, and options for overnight stays. The regular ferry schedule enables you to spend the afternoon and catch a return ferry or stay as long as you want.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Washington State Ferries provide a hassle-free way to explore the islands surrounding Seattle.
- You can walk aboard or bring your car.
- The ferry cafe offers food and beverages throughout the journey.
- There are no reservations for passengers on foot, but you can reserve a spot for your car.
How to Get There
With numerous ferry terminals along the waterfront, it is important to check the route map (found on the Washington State Ferry website) when making plans. The conveniently located downtown Seattle terminal is easy to reach by public transportation. Alternatively, book a tour that picks you up at your accommodations and takes you to the ferry terminal.
When to Get There
Check the ferry schedule to choose a departure time that fits your travel plans. If you plan on driving your car onto the ferry, use the site’s color-coded schedule to find the least congested times to travel. Long lines are common for drive-up passengers.
Visiting Bainbridge Island
The most conveniently located of the ferry destinations, Bainbridge Island is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, but the atmosphere is a world apart. The natural oasis offers scenic vistas, hiking trails, waterfront dining, wineries, and a relaxed way of life not found in Seattle. If staying overnight, choose from accommodation options ranging from modern hotels to boutique bed and breakfasts.
Address: 801 Alaskan Way, Seattle 98104, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Washington State Ferries
Explore northwest island life on this all-inclusive history and wine tour of Bainbridge Island. After a scenic ferry ride, visit beautiful Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre (61-hectare) arboretum and garden, and the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Enjoy the included gourmet picnic or restaurant meal before exploring the rest of the island’s colorful history. Spend the afternoon visiting the island’s best wineries for tastings, included in the tour price.
Experience Pacific Northwest island life, history, and wine on this all-inclusive private day tour of beautiful Bainbridge Island. We’ll start the day with a scenic ferry ride from Seattle followed by a leisurely tour of this island’s colorful past. In the afternoon, it’s all fun as we explore the island’s budding winery scene by visiting two local producers. The tour includes a gourmet lunch, admission fees, winery tasting fees, and pick-up at your Seattle hotel in our luxury Mercedes van.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best way to experience Washington State Ferries?
The best ways to experience Washington State Ferries are:
- Bainbridge Island Wine and History Luxury Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch
- Bainbridge Island Wine and History - Private Luxury Day Tour with Lunch
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