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San Juan Islands Real Estate: San Juan and Friday Harbor, Orcas and Eastsound, Lopez Island, Shaw Island and the Outer San Juan Islands

There are several modes of transportation to the beautiful San Juan Islands, in addition to the popular Washington State Ferries. Visitors can also come by passenger ferry, private boat, airplane or seaplane (including Kenmore Air) directly from several locations listed below, depending on the season. No matter how you get here, the scenery is spectacular and getting here is half the fun! 

If you are coming by Washington State Ferry, your ticket is good for a round trip -- you only pay going west bound.  We recommend you have your vehicle in the ferry line at least one hour ahead of sailing during fall, winter and spring, and two or more hours ahead during summer and holidays. 

Directions to the Washington State Ferries Anacortes Terminal:  If you are coming by car and Washington State Ferry, the mainland terminal which serves the San Juans is located in Anacortes, Washington, 80 miles northwest of Seattle.  Follow  I-5 north from Seattle, take Exit 230 and follow Highway 20 west to Anacortes.  Once you are in Anacortes, take a left on 12th Street (Safeway will be on the right), then follow the signs to the ferry terminal and ticketing booths.

Wireless internet service is now available at the Washington State Ferries terminal in Anacortes. The service is available through Boingo, the world's largest network of Wi-Fi hotspots. Once you are parked in the ferry line or you're inside the terminal area, select the wireless network "Boingo Hotspot" and launch your internet browser.

Traveling Between the Islands:  Visitors wanting to island hop can take the inter- Island Washington State Ferries or can fly aboard Island Air, Kenmore Air or San Juan Airlines. There are also several inter-island water taxis. For more information call our friendly visitor services staff at 1-888-468-3701 ext.1.

From Seattle or SeaTac Airport:

  • Kenmore Air provides land and seaplanes daily direct, scheduled flights from Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Boeing Field/King County Airport, www.kenmoreair.com/ or 1-800-543-9595. They provide free shuttle service between SeaTac and their terminals. 
  • Bellair Airporter Shuttle provides daily service from SeaTac and downtown Seattle to the Anacortes ferry terminal, www.airporter.com/ or 1-866-235-5247
  • Westwind Aviation provides air charters and scenic flights to and from the San Juan Islands from throughout the Pacific Northwest, www.westwindav.com or 360-378-6991.
  • Amtrak provides daily service from King Street Train Station via Amtrak to Mt. Vernon, and "Catch-A-Train" will arrange for a shuttle to the Anacortes ferry terminal, www.catch-a-train.com or 1-800-457-3549
  • Greyhound Bus Lines provides service from Seattle to Mt. Vernon, www.greyhound.com/, 800-231-2222 or 360-336-5111, then you must transfer to the Skagit Transit bus system, www.skat.org/ or 360-757-4433. From the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Mt. Vernon catch the 208 bus to the Cascade Mall where you will transfer to the 410 route to the Anacortes ferry terminal (410 not available Saturday and Sunday)
  • Island Air provides charter service from SeaTac or Boeing Field/King County Airport, www.sanjuan-islandair.com/ or 1-888-378-2376
  • Island Airporter LLC provides daily, non-stop service from SeaTac to San Juan Island (Friday Harbor & Roche Harbor), www.islandairporter.com/ or 360-378-7438
  • Victoria Clipper sails from downtown's Pier 69 seasonally to Friday Harbor, www.victoriaclipper.com/ or 1-800-888-2535 or 206-448-5000 (2009 service has been cancelled; however make plans for 2010).

 

From Anacortes:

 

From Bellingham:

 

From Everett:

 

From Portland, Oregon:
 

  • Rose Air offers roundtrip flights from Portland and various locations throughout Oregon and Washington, http://www.roseair.com/ or call 1-503-675-7678.
     

 

From Port Angeles:

 

From Port Townsend:

 

From Victoria, B.C.:

  • Passports (www.getyouhome.gov/) are required for travel between the U.S. and Canada beginning June 1, 2009.
  • Island Air provides charter service, www.sanjuan-islandair.com/ or 1-888-378-2376
  • San Juan Airlines provides charter service, www.sanjuanairlines.com/ or 1-800-874-4434
  • Victoria Express provides seasonal, daily, passenger-ferry service to Friday Harbor, www.victoriaexpress.com/ or 360-452-8088
  • Washington State Ferries (WSF) provides April-December sailings from nearby Sidney, B.C., for walk-on and drive-on passengers, www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ or 206-464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977. Visit their website for schedules, fares and parking information. (If you would like to go to Victoria from the San Juan Islands, in most cases you will need to spend at least one night there due to the ferry schedule.  However, check the WSF website for schedule information or call our office for assistance at 888-468-3701 x1.)

 

From Vancouver, B.C.:

  • Passports (www.getyouhome.gov/) are required for travel between the U.S. and Canada beginning June 1, 2009. 
  • B.C. Ferries provide daily service from Tsawwassen, B.C. (near Vancouver) to Swartz Bay, B.C. (north of Victoria), www.bcferries.bc.ca/, 888-223-3779 or 250-386-3431. In nearby Sidney, board a Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor.
  • Amtrak provides daily service from Pacific Central Train Station via Amtrak and Washington State Ferries, www.catch-a-train.com/page2.html or 1-800-457-3549
  • Island Air provides charter service, www.sanjuan-islandair.com/ or 1-888-378-2376
  • San Juan Airlines provides charter service, www.sanjuanairlines.com/ or 1-800-874-4434
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