San Juan Islands Transportation

San Juan Islands Transportation. Get to the San Juan Islands by water or air. Here are all the options for travel to, and through, the islands.

Arrive by Ferry

The Washington State Ferry system is probably the main mode of transportation to and between the islands. It offers car and passenger service to four islands: San Juan, Lopez, Shaw, and Orcas. No reservations are needed if you intend to walk onto the ferry, even during the busiest season.

But if you plan to take your auto to the San Juan Islands Washington, be prepared for long waits on weekends, especially during summer months. Avoid the wait by making a reservation for a specific ferry ahead of time.

All fares are round-trip, paid on the west-bound leg of the sail. For example, the cost to travel from Anacortes to Friday Harbor is about US$100; the return trip is "free."

WSF Schedule: Anacortes - Friday Harbor - Sydney BC 
San Juan Islands WSF Reservations

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San Juan Islands Transportation: To WA State Ferry Terminal at Anacortes by Bus

Anacortes is the main port for ferries heading to the San Juan Islands. There are several ways to get there from the Seattle area.

Bellair Charter & Airporter provides multiple bus shuttles per day from Sea-Tac Airport, downtown Seattle, and Burlington (one-stop bus transfer) to the Anacortes ferry terminal; the cost includes ferry fares. Pets are welcome for a small fee.

Passenger-Only Ferry Services

The following companies provide passenger-only ferry service on a seasonal basis:

  • San Juan ClipperMid-June through early October - Passenger/cyclist ferry direct to Friday Harbor from Seattle's Pier 69. See website for fares and nearby parking options. If you like, you can also add a whale-watching option to the sail.

    Seattle Ferry Terminal: 2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle, WA 98121. 
    Phone: 1-206-448-5000 

    Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal: Spring Street Pier, 81 Front Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

  • Puget Sound Express: Offers passenger only ferry service between Port Townsend and Friday Harbor from May through September. Bring your bicycle for an additional small fee. Full details are on their website.

    Or, add a full-day whale watching tour if it suits your schedule.

    With a full-day whale watching tour, you’ll leave Port Townsend at 9:00am and sail toward Friday Harbor, looking for whales and viewing marine life on the way. At Friday Harbor, you'll have 2 hours to eat and shop before returning to Port Townsend, arriving at 5:00p. 

    Port Townsend Terminal: 227 Jackson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Phone: 1-360-385-5288.
    Hours: 9a-5p (check-in at 8:30a)

Sail to the San Juan Islands on your personal vessel.

Arrive at any of 14 county docks and several marinas throughout the San Juan Islands. See

For our Canadian friends: Welcome! The Friday Harbor marina is a US Customs Port of Entry. They'll ask to see your travel documents.

San Juan Islands Transportation: By Airplane

Kenmore Air

Fly into Sea-Tac International Harbor and then connect to Kenmore Air via their free shuttle service. Or make your way to the nearest Kenmore Air terminal. Find all Kenmore Air staffed terminals here.

Kenmore Air provides multiple flights daily to Friday Harbor Airport, Friday Harbor Marina and Roche Harbor Marina. Flight times are 35-45 minutes. In-flight views are amazing! Kenmore Air also flies to Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island, and Deer Harbor, Eastsound/Orcas Island Airport, Rosario Resort, and West Sound on Orcas Island. Download flight schedules here.

Kenmore Air San Juan Islands Terminals: 

Eastsound/Orcas Island Airport: 147 Schoen Lane, Eastsound, WA 98245

Friday Harbor Airport: 800 Franklin Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Customer Service: 1-866-435-9524, 1-425-486-1257

Sea-Tac Check-in Desk: Located in the Atrium area at Door 00 at the south end of the Baggage Claim level.

Sea plane servicing the San Juan Islands WASea plane servicing the San Juan Islands.

More San Juan Islands Transportation Options by Air

The following airlines will not only transport you to the San Juan Islands, but many of them also offer scenic tours and charter flights in the islands and to other destinations in the Pacific Northwest. See their respective websites for schedules and details.

San Juan Airlines:
Daily scheduled Bellingham and inter-island flights, plus charter and scenic flights serving the San Juan Islands and several other destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Reservations: 1-800-874-4434

Friday Harbor Seaplanes:
Daily scheduled and charter flights to the San Juans from South Lake Washington (Renton). Free shuttles provided between Sea-Tac International Airport to the seaplane.
1-425-277-1590; Reservations: 1-800-690-0086

Albion Air:
Nonstop service from Aurora, Oregon (22 miles south of Portland, OR), to San Juan Island, on Fridays and Sundays. Day trips from Portland to Portland on Saturday
1-503-925-4444 ext. 101.

NorthStar Air Tours:
Regularly scheduled flights between Victoria BC and San Juan Island (a 10 min flight)
1-250-800-1381; toll-free: 1-888-604-7272

Point to Point Air:
On-demand charter service throughout the PNW, including the San Juan Islands.

Westwind Aviation:
Charter flights and scenic air tours
1-360-378-6991; 1-360-317-5331.

Fly into the San Juan Islands in your Private Plane

These are the primary airports in the San Juan Islands:

Friday Harbor Airport
800 Franklin Rd, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
US Customs Port of Entry - Canadian visitors welcome (you'll need proper travel documents)

Roche Harbor Airport
8484 Roche Harbor Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Orcas Island Airport
147 Schoen Ln, Eastsound, WA 98245

Lopez Island Airport
672 Airport Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261

San Juan Islands Transportation: Bus

San Juan Transit is located in Friday Harbor very near the ferry dock. The bus provides fixed route service between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor as well as guided tours around San Juan Island.

They additionally service both Orcas and Lopez Islands, making scheduled scenic stops along the way. All details are on the website.


  • All shuttles are dog and bike friendly
  • Single fare: $5; day passes are $15
  • Children 12 and under receive a discounted fare

San Juan Islands Transportation: Car Rentals and More

Arrive on foot and then rent cars and RVs by the day, week, and month, with options for partial-day and evening rentals. Add a folding bike to your car rental for a fee.

M&W Auto Sales and Car Rentals
725 Spring St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Pick up your car rental in:

  • Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor in San Juan Island
  • Orcas Island Ferry and Orcas Island Airport
  • Lopez Island Village

Rent a Car, Moped, Electric Bike, 3-Wheel Coupe:

Susie’s Mopeds
125 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Friday Harbor: 1-360-378-5244; Roche Harbor: 1-360-378-6262
Toll free: 1-800-532-0087
Rent Mopeds, Scoot Coupes, and Electric Bikes on San Juan Island.

Hours: 10a-5p
Located less than 5 minutes on foot from the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal. Reservations highly recommended; ALL reservations made by phone.

San Juan Islands Transportation: Private Auto

Traveling the San Juans via ferry and your own private auto may be the most convenient option, depending on how long you plan to spend in the San Juans.

Nevertheless, the above San Juan Island transportation options may still offer exciting vacation or tour options, depending on your own interests.

Enjoy your visit to the San Juan Islands!

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