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San Juan Islands Route Returns to Four-Boat Service Starting Friday, Nov. 19

The Anacortes/San Juan Islands route will return to four-boat service and operate on its usual Fall Schedule starting Friday, Nov. 19. Customers are encouraged to check the four-boat “Anacortes/San Juan Islands” sailing schedule.

Reservations will remain suspended on the route temporarily. WSF will continue closely monitoring service and crewing availability during the coming weeks and will reinstate reservations once stable and reliable service on the Fall Schedule can be maintained. Existing reservation holders will be prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis. Customers with reservations prior to switching to the alternate service schedule are encouraged to travel at their original departure time. Customers can also travel without a reservation and are encouraged to arrive 60-90 minutes early to their departing terminal.

Customers can stay up-to-date on service changes by signing up for rider alerts as well as checking our website and social media accounts.

-Currently vehicle reservations on Port Townsend/Coupeville route are available through January 1, 2022.

-International service to and from Sidney, B.C. remains suspended due to continued significant crewing and vessel availability challenges.

A reservation is a way for a vehicle to save a spot on a few ferry routes. These routes include:

  • Pt. Townsend/Coupeville
  • Anacortes/San Juan Islands (Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, Shaw Island, Lopez Island) - Reservations are currently suspended on this route. Travel is first-come, first-served on the alternate schedule.
  • Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. (This route is not operating until further notice due to COVID-19 impacts)

A vehicle reservation is not a ticket. It has no cost unless you no show - If you do not show up, you will be charged a fee. If you make multiple reservations and only use one, you will be charged a no-show fee for the unused reservation(s).

Purchase your tickets online or when you arrive at the terminal or tollbooth to pay your fare.

Vehicle reservations are not required, but are strongly recommended - Limited stand-by space is available on all sailings.

Vehicle reservations are one way - Be sure to make reservations for both your outbound and return trips. Please note that there are no reservations eastbound departing Shaw or Lopez Island to Anacortes. All vehicles are loaded first-come first-served from these terminals.  

Reservations are for vehicles only - Walk-on passengers and those bringing bicycles can buy a ticket online or pay when you arrive.

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Vehicle reservations space release dates

Space and release dates depend on the route and the seasonal sailing schedule. Find the current and upcoming schedules on the schedule page.

On the Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes:

2 months before the season start date at 7:00 a.m. PST:

      • 1/3 of all standard vehicle reservation space is released
      • All tall, non-standard vehicle space is released

2 weeks before each sailing date at 7:00 a.m. PST:

      • 1/3 of all standard vehicle space is released

2 days before each sailing date at 7:00 a.m. PST:

      • Final 1/3 of standard vehicle space is released

10% of the vehicle desk space is always held open for emergency and stand-by vehicles. Additional stand-by space may be available due to no shows.

On the Port Townsend/Coupeville route:

2 months before the season start date at 7:00 a.m. PST:

      • All reservation space - 80% of the vehicle spaces are released

20% of the vehicle deck space is always held open for emergency and stand-by vehicles. Additional stand-by space may be available due to no-shows.

Change or cancel vehicle reservations

You can change or cancel your vehicle reservations online.

  • Reservations must be changed or canceled before 5:00 p.m. PST the day before travel to avoid a no-show fee.
  • A final change is allowed after 5:00 p.m. PST the day before the reserved sailing with no charge. If a reservation is canceled after the final change has been made, a no-show fee will be charged.
  • No changes or cancellations can be made less than two hours in advance of the reserved sailing.

If you change or cancel one reservation, you may need to change or cancel the return trip to avoid a no-show fee.

On the day of travel

You must arrive in advance of your sailing time. Specific timeframes are outlined below.

    -    You may arrive for an earlier or later sailing on the same day and travel stand-by. Let the ticket seller know so you are not charged a no-show fee for your reserved sailing.

    -    There is no separate reservation line. Reservation holders will be directed to the reservation holding lanes past the tollbooths.

Port Townsend/Coupeville

    -    Arrive and join the line 30-45 minutes in advance of your reserved sailing.

Anacortes/San Juan Islands - Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, Shaw Island, and Lopez Island (Domestic)

    -    Arrive and join the line 45-60 minutes in advance of a reserved sailing.

    -    Drivers must check-in at a tollbooth or with an attendant at least 30 minutes before reserved sailing in both directions. If you don't check-in on time, you will lose your reserved space and must travel standby.

    -    On busy sailings, vehicles will have to wait in line before reaching the tollbooth or attendant. Keep this in mind when planning how far in advance to arrive.

Anacortes and Friday Harbor to/from Sidney, B.C. (International)

    -    Arrive 90 minutes in advance for an immigration check.

    -    Have your travel documents ready and in-hand.

What to bring

    -    The printed or mobile barcode from the attachment in your confirmation email or the reservation confirmation number.

    -    If traveling to or from Sidney, B.C., review the international travel information to be sure you have the correct documents.

Business travel

Commercial and business travel requires an active Wave2Go Executive Reservation Account. Learn more on the Wave2Go Business Account page.

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