COVID-19 Travel Updates

Safety is our number one priority at Washington State Ferries. We continue to take several steps to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and keep our facilities as safe as possible for our riders and employees. Below is the latest information on how travel has changed on our system.

With the state lifting most pandemic-related restrictions on June 30, 2021, Washington State Ferries is no longer:

  • Enforcing COVID-19 capacity limits aboard vessels and in terminal buildings
  • Advising people coming aboard a ferry in a personal vehicle to remain in their vehicles
  • Requiring tollbooth employees to use self-swipe credit card readers attached to selfie sticks (they may continue to if they choose)
  • Closing off some onboard or terminal seating and turnstiles to encourage physical distancing

However, the pandemic continues to have several lasting effects on our system.

Schedule changes
Although there have been incremental increases in service since August 2020, sailing schedules on most routes have not returned to pre-pandemic levels:

  • Seattle/Bainbridge: Final late-night roundtrip suspended daily
  • Seattle/Bremerton: Final late-night roundtrip suspended daily
  • Edmonds/Kingston: Final late-night roundtrip suspended on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Mukilteo/Clinton: Final late-night roundtrip suspended daily
  • Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth: Reduced weekend service with #3 vessel in operation for shorter hours and two-boat service on Sundays (only #1 and #2 vessels in operation)
  • Port Townsend/Coupeville: One-boat service instead of two and final late-night roundtrip suspended Fridays and Saturdays during peak season (May 9 to Sept. 25)
  • Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, British Columbia: Four-boat service during peak season (May 9 to Sept. 25) with no fifth boat that mainly provides international service as the Canadian border remains closed

In addition, we’re experiencing crewing issues related to the pandemic that is resulting in a periodic sailing cancellations. For the latest service updates, sign up for our rider alerts.

Face masks
A face covering is required in all indoor areas aboard vessels and in terminals in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order for public transportation.

Food galleys
Our food vender is working to slowly reopen our onboard galleys throughout the fall on a vessel-by-vessel basis, as well as the café inside our Anacortes terminal building. The Dockside food kiosk located by the vehicle holding lanes at our Anacortes terminal is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Drinking fountains
Drinking fountains are back open at our terminals. Onboard fountains will slowly reopen throughout the fall as the potable water aboard each vessel becomes available.

Enhanced cleaning
We are routinely cleaning all common-touch areas abord our ferries and in our terminals, and our workers are being reminded to practice good hygiene. It’s also important for our riders to protect themselves and others by practicing good hygiene and reconsider traveling if you are sick.

Riders asked to use debit/credit card to purchase tickets
Terminals have a limited supply of change due to a national coin shortage caused by COVID-19. Therefore, customers are encouraged to use debit or credit cards when purchasing their tickets at the terminal. Should customers need to pay with cash, please be prepared to pay with exact change.

Onboard activities program slowly resuming
We are slowly resuming special events aboard our vessels.