Rider information

All are welcome on the Washington State Ferries. Learn more about riding the ferries based on the type of rider you are, where you are going or what you are bringing on board.

Find information about driving commercial and oversized vehicles onto Washington State Ferries.

See our guide for first-time riders with tips on how to plan your route, make a vehicle reservation and more.

Find out how to hold special occasions aboard Washington State Ferries, get preferential loading for carpools and vanpools or how to travel with a school group.

Learn about our medical preferential loading policy, which provides riders with medical conditions an exemption from the standard “first-come, first-served” policy.

Find out how COVID-19 is affecting Washington State Ferries and how we’re restoring service as we recover from the pandemic.

Learn about how we're providing equal access to our riders with disabilities, including information about discounted fares, service animals and more.

Learn about the steps we take to ensure the safety and security of our passengers, including the roles of all riders and those driving a vehicle onto a ferry.

Find what you need to know about traveling from Anacortes to Sidney, British Columbia including identification requirements, customs and tourism information and more.

Find out what you can bring aboard our vessels and learn about prohibited items.

Traction tires are a special type of tire

manufactured with at least 1/8 of an inch tread. Traction tires are usually marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol, the letters M+S or “All Season.”

Carry chains, practice before leaving

Requiring chains keeps traffic moving during storms rather than closing a pass or roadway.

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank,

pack jumper cables, ice scraper, warm clothing, snacks and water.