Washington State Ferries, Seattle

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For a genuine Seattle experience, take a trip on Washington State Ferries, the largest passenger and automobile ferry service in the United States. Carrying nearly 11 million passengers per year, the ferry fleet includes vessels large enough to transport up to 2,500 people and over 200 cars in a single trip. The ferries provide a quick and easy way to travel between the islands and communities surrounding the city. You can take a short ride to touristy Bainbridge Island, noted for its restaurants, shops, and art galleries. To explore the four scenic islands forming the San Juan Archipelago, board a ferry at the main terminal in Anacortes. Check online for prices and departure times, and expect at least a one-hour wait to board. Make Washington State Ferries a part of your Seattle vacation plans using our Seattle road trip planner.
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  • Very organised - easy way to see the island. We did the trip from seattle to bainbridge and back. Ferry ran to time and is good value. The ferry itself is huge so you can walk around and get good pics...  more »
  • Love the ferries in Seattle area. So much fun to just hop aboard and enjoy the views - especially on a clear day. You can walk on or take your car to your destination. We took the ferry directly to Ba...  more »
  • Great view both coming and going. Fun to come back from Bainbridge after the sun has gone down to see the lights of Seattle. Very comfortable with plenty of seats.  more »

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