Black Ball Ferry Line, Port Angeles

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Take the scenic ride between Victoria, British Columbia, and Port Angeles, Washington, on Black Ball Ferry Line. From the deck, you can enjoy a view of the rocky coast blanketed in mist. The ferry accepts walk-ons, bicycles, and cars. Many passengers use the boats regularly to commute between the mainland and islands. Bring along a sweater to keep warm on the deck. You'll need a passport to cross the border between the United States and Canada. Take a look at our Port Angeles holiday maker app to schedule your visit to Black Ball Ferry Line and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It's only 21 miles as the crow flies, but an easy 90-minute ferry ride. Always on time, the people are really friendly and helpful and seem to take good care of the boat, even putting up Christmas dec...  more »
  • The ferry left on time, decent snack food and cold beer. The boarding process is organized and very easy. Ferry was clean, comfortable seating in the front section of the cabin.  more »
  • We took the 8 am ferry to Victoria and the 4 pm back to Port Angeles. Our aim was to get to Butchart Gardens in a day. We did it but be advised the BG doesn't put the lights on until dusk. So stay ove...  more »
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  • Great way to get to Victoria BC. The crossing of the straight is great with good views. It was my first time crossing the straight and I did not realize how cool it can get after sundown. Make sure you take a jacket even in the summer. Of course it is much warmer below deck but then you'll miss the beautiful sights.
  • This is a great ferry service! Only an hour and a half boat ride from Port Angeles to Victoria! Customs is great and the customer service is great! They also have a very good priced cafeteria and the ferry is very clean and spacious! Also the prices were very reasonable as well!
  • On-time and organized. Feel free to arrive early and purchase/pick up your ticket. Buying tickets online is fairly cheaper, but you must purchase them at least 24 hours in advance. If you are planning to arrive without a reservation, the earliest and latest trips usually have openings. Be prepared to fill out a traveler information form (name, date of birth) at the dock. You will not speak with customs until you arrive in Victoria. The return trip to Port Angeles dies take longer, so arrive an hour ahead of time. There are restrooms and a kitchen on-board. Remember to bring a jacket with you when leaving your car as you are not allowed below deck while underway and it can get chilly in the cabin. Also, be aware that the motion of the ferry may set off your car alarm if yours is known to be sensitive.
  • I don't know how much I can attribute to the Black Ball ferries, but this was by far the easiest experience I've had with customs! The MV Coho met and then exceeded all my expectations for a ship built in 1959, and the staff were always helpful. Already, I'm looking forward to your next visit to Victoria and not dreading how I'll get there!
  • Great enjoyable ride. Hare to find a seat, they fill up fast when you are a drive on passenger. Walk on passengers take all the good ones so your left with sitting in the eatery or in the middle of the ferry which isn't that comfortable.

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