Many of you ask about making a reservation for the ferry. Currently the Anacortes – Friday Harbor ferry is first come first served. Only the international crossing to Sidney accepts reservations. But that is going to change late this year, December 28th to be exact! Reservations will be available for the east and westward crossing for all of our guests traveling to and from Friday Harbor This new system will revolutionize the current system where you have to queue up sometimes several hours prior to the ferry’s departure. The system is in the final design and testing stage. We will update you once all the details are in place with all the particulars.
So in the interim, we share some strategies and tips for effortless ferry travel that we follow as regular commuters. Equipped with these strategies, along with the new Washington State Ferry app called Vessel Watch, you will breeze to and from the main land. I have used Vessel Watch on my last few off-island excursions and it has been a life saver. Vessel watch offers a real time update of how many car spaces are remaining for a scheduled departure. This way you can decide to do one more errand on your way to the ferry or continue straight to the terminal.
In addition to the Washington State Ferry, there are other transportation options to the San Juan Islands with Kenmore Air or Victoria Clipper particularly due to the Tucker House and Harrison House’s ideal locations to downtown. Depending on your travel itinerary and the number in your party, there may be a better option. Ask The Tucker House concierge when making your reservation. We will be happy to help you weigh the best option to get here and make the bookings for you. Remember getting here is half the fun!