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Construction at Seattle Terminal

The Seattle terminal and ferry dock is currently under major construction until 2023, and could affect your travel plans. The passenger terminal is much smaller, and the entrance for drive-on customers is located south of the main dock. Learn more about construction.

Project News

Temporary schedule for two weeks: All trips between the Seattle terminal, Bainbridge Island, and Bremerton will follow a temporary sailing schedule beginning on Saturday, Jan. 4 through Jan. 20, 2020. Find out more about the temporary sailing schedule and ways to plan ahead.

Terminal Conditions for the Fauntleroy terminal are unavailable. Please check the ferry alert bulletins below, and the Best Times to Travel links on the right side of the online schedule pages for travel information. View Fauntleroy cameras.


Ferry Alert Bulletins

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Wait Time

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Directions and Transportation Connections

  • Located in the community of W. Seattle. Follow Fauntleroy Way SW for about 3 miles to the terminal, just past Lincoln Park.

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Security

WSF has implemented a U.S. Coast Guard approved security plan, for more information please visit our Safety and Security page.

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Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC)

  • Contact the Ferry Advisory Committee chair representing your community with suggestions or concerns about ferry service.

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Tourist Information

Parking
There is limited on-street parking. Please avoid the "permit parking only" signed areas.

Motorcycles
While motorcycles are not, by Washington Administrative Code (WAC 468-300-700), a preferential loading category of users, they are often loaded prior to automobiles for operational and staging purposes. Arrival at the dock after vehicle load has commenced requires motorcycles to wait until all cars have been loaded for the next motorcycle loading opportunity. Motorcycles should proceed, while on the dock, at no more than 10 mph. Use caution when car decks are wet. The following information details specific staging for this terminal:

  • Motorcycle Fare Purchase/Redemption (Fauntleroy/Southworth)
    Purchase tickets at the auto tollbooths, at the passenger booth, at the kiosk inside the terminal waiting room, or online in advance.


  • Motorcycle Fare Purchase/Redemption(Fauntleroy/Vashon)
    Roundtrip Fares Purchased at Fauntleroy, Southworth, kiosk, or online.


  • Motorcycle Entry/Staging
    Pre-ticketed customers access terminal with HOVs, northbound along Fauntleroy Way, via exit lanes provided no vessel is off-loading.

    Non-ticketed customers access the terminal traveling southbound along Fauntleroy Way, and must stop to purchase fare at tollbooth.

    Motorcycles arriving before vessel docks may proceed to front of holding lanes, across from terminal building.


  • Motorcycle Loading
    (Single Destination Sailings) Loading order: bicycles, motorcycles, vehicles, late arriving motorcycles as space permits.

    (Multi-Destinational Sailings) Vashon motorcycles are loaded after bicycles and before Vashon vehicles. Southworth motorcycles are loaded after Vashon vehicles and prior to Southworth vehicles.


  • Motorcycle Special Communication
    Advanced fare purchase is encouraged on this route.

  • Trucks
    WSF requires trucks with a gross vehicle weight of over 80,000 lbs and/or over 8’6” wide to have “travel approval” before crossing any of our routes. Vessels on this route have a limited height clearance and trucks may be loaded out of sequence.

    Trucks that have a gross vehicle weight of over 80,000 lbs but are hauling less than 80,000 lbs will need to provide a weight slip.

    Please fill out our Oversized/Overweight Vehicle Travel form and email it to wsfinfo@wsdot.wa.gov. Please allow three business days for completion and approval. You can contact us at anytime for status updates at (206)464-6400. .

    Trucks with a ground clearance of less than 14" may not be allowed to travel to/from Vashon Island during periods of extreme low tides.

    Bikes
    Bicyclists may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get to the ferry dock. Riders can secure bicycle and walk either to the vehicle tollbooth (or to the passenger booth, when open) to purchase their fare.

    Bicyclists should arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to be loaded at the beginning of loading process. If a bicyclist arrives after vehicle loading has begun, they will be loaded at the end of the load. Riders should walk their bikes on and off the ferry to avoid injuring passengers. The terminal has no bicycle racks.

    HOV
    Carpool/Vanpools must be ticketed and in line 10 minutes before scheduled sailing time to receive preferential loading. If you are late, you will be loaded on a space available basis at the end of the loading.

    HOV access along northbound Fauntleroy Way is provided via exit lanes provided no vessel is off-loading.

    For information or to register for our rideshare program see ourcarpools and vanpools page.

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    Terminal Features and Amenities

    • Overhead Passenger Loading: No
    • Elevator: No
    • Waiting Room: Yes
    • Food Service: No. All galleys on Washington State Ferries will be closed until further notice in an effort to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. However, vending machines will still be available.
    • Restrooms: Yes

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    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.

    Multi-ride cards are good for 90 days from the date of purchase and are non-refundable.

    For more information check Fares.


    Pre-purchasing Wave2Go tickets does not guarantee a space on the vessel.

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    Transit Options

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    Lost and Found

    Lost and found items on this route are turned in to the Fauntleroy ferry terminal. Due to storage limitations, found items are held for 10 days from the date they were found. Our Information Agents can assist you with lost and found inquiries from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm (daily) at (206) 464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.

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