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Directions and Transportation Connections

  • Sidney/Anacortes ferry Terminal from Victoria.
    The Sidney/Anacortes Terminal is located 18 miles north of downtown Victoria. There are two exits off Highway 17 Northbound to the Sidney/Anacortes Ferry Terminal: Amity Drive and Beacon Avenue. When taking the Amity Drive exit, turn left at Lochside Drive. After 2 miles turn right at Ocean Avenue. The ferry terminal entrance will be on the right. For the Beacon exit, take a right off the highway on to Beacon Ave and then turn right at Fifth Street. Turn left at Ocean Avenue, and the ferry terminal entrance is located on the right.

    Southbound on Highway 17 from Swartz Bay
    Turn left at Beacon Avenue. Turn right at Fifth Street and then turn left at Ocean Avenue. The Sidney/Anacortes Terminal will be located on the right.

    Sidney/Anacortes Ferry Terminal from north/mid-Vancouver Island
    Travel southbound towards Victoria on Island Highway 1 (Trans Canada Hwy). Follow the (Ferries/Airport/Sidney) exit signs. Turn left at McKenzie Avenue. Follow McKenzie Avenue 1.4 miles, and then take the (Sidney/Ferries/Airport) exit right onto Pat Bay Highway 17 North. Travel 11 miles towards Sidney. Follow the Anacortes/San Juan Island highway signs.



WSF has implemented a U.S. Coast Guard approved security plan, for more information please check Security.


Tourist Information

Parking lot at the corner of Second Street and Bevan Avenue. Parking is $6.00 per day. Those wishing to park longer than 20 days should contact Robbins Parking at (250) 414-4455 to inquire about rates.

Motorcycles may not bypass traffic. They are treated as cars and are “first come, first served” through the tollbooth. Motorcycles will be instructed once you have cleared the tollbooth and Immigration for staging.

No Commercial Vehicles are allowed travel to or from Sidney B.C. due to CBP restrictions.

Bicyclists must go through Customs and Immigration. Bicyclists should arrive at least 45 minutes in advance of the sailing to ensure being processed in time for the sailing. Reservations are not needed. Please note: Bikes departing Sidney to Friday Harbor will be loaded last and offloaded first in Friday Harbor.

There are two main cab companies that service the ferry:

The ride to Victoria is approximately 35 minutes at a cost of approximately $65.00. If cabs are not available at the front gate upon ferry arrival, staff are instructed to radio the ticket booth to call either company.

  • Sidney Taxi: 250-656-6666
  • Yellow Cab: (250)381-2222
  • Peninsula Taxi: (250)656-1111

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    Terminal Features and Amenities

    • Overhead Passenger Loading: No
    • Elevator: No
    • Waiting Room: Yes
    • Food Service: Yes.
      Food vendor at the Anacortes Terminal is the Cheesecake Café. Hours of operation are from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm daily and from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm on Fridays.

      Vessel galley hours for early fall through Oct. 12 are as follows:
      Vessel #1:
    • Monday through Thursday and Sat: 6:00 am to 2:30 pm
    • Friday: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
    • Sunday: 6:00 am to 5:30 pm

      Vessel #2:
    • Monday through Thursday: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm
    • Friday through Sunday: 8:00 am to 7:30 pm

      Vessel #3:
    • Monday through Thursday, Sat: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Friday, Sunday: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm

      Snack and beverage machines are available on the vessels. Food Service and gifts at the Sidney terminal are provided by Sidney Vendi. During the summer sailing schedule, hours of operation are from 10:00 am to noon and 4:00 pm 6:00 pm daily. During Spring and Fall sailing schedules, hours of operation are from 10:00 am to noon. Sidney Vendi typically opens for the year in April and closes in November based on traffic conditions at the terminal.
    • Restrooms: Yes



    Fare Discounts

    We offer seniors (65+), persons with disabilities and passengers with a Medicare card, or other eligibility verification, travel at half the regular passenger fare rate. We offer special rates for youth ages 6 to 18. Children ages 5 and under travel free.


    Lost and Found

    Lost and found items are taken to the Anacortes ferry terminal. You can reach the Lost & Found Department at (206) 515-3439. Their hours of operation are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thursday through Monday (closed for lunch 1:30 pm to 2:40 pm); closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Our Information Agents can also assist you with lost & found inquiries from 6:00 am to 7:15 pm at (206) 464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.


    Additional Info

    There is a Duty Free shop available onboard the vessel. Duty Free List

    The bus that goes to Victoria from the street in front of the terminal is the #70. Schedules are shown below. The first is for weekdays, then for Saturday, then Sunday.

    The BC Transit bus #70 runs an express service leaving every 30 minutes from Swartz Bay to Victoria with a stop at 5th and Beacon, then 5th and Ocean by our terminal, at a cost of $2.50 for adults and $2.50 for seniors and youth; children age five and under travel at no charge. There is also bus #75 leaving form the same stop that goes into Victoria making frequent stops along the way and taking longer.

    People heading to Victoria should be instructed to cross the street as the bus stop on the terminal side is for BC Ferries bound traffic (i.e. Vancouver).

    The bus system accepts only Canadian currency and requires exact change. Bus drivers carry no change.

    Sidney has many banks and ATM machines along its main street so people can also walk to Beacon Avenue to change currency upon arrival.