2013-2014 Winter schedule — Oct. 27–April 5
Weekdays only. Crossing time: about 10 minutes
|Leave Seattle||Leave West Seattle|
|6:00 AM||6:15 AM|
|6:30 AM||6:45 AM|
|7:00 AM||7:15 AM|
|7:30 AM||7:45 AM|
|8:00 AM||8:15 AM|
|8:30 AM||8:45 AM|
|3:45 PM||4:00 PM|
|4:15 PM||4:30 PM|
|4:45 PM||5:00 PM|
|5:15 PM||5:30 PM|
|5:45 PM||6:00 PM|
|6:15 PM||6:30 PM|
|6:45 PM||7:00 PM|
The Water Taxi does not operate on major holidays. See a list on our Rider info page.
Passengers must pay the following one-way fares as they board:
||Cash or Ticket
|Children (5 and under)
||No extra charge
||No extra charge
*With a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (King County Metro Transit website)
**ORCA Youth Card fare
- Cash. Pay your cash fare (exact amount only) when entering the vessel.
- ORCA card. Tap your ORCA card on the card reader held by a crew member. Card must be loaded with a PugetPass or E-purse value.
- Ticket. Purchase an adult-fare ticket from a vending machine at a Water Taxi terminal before boarding. Put your ticket in the fare box as you board. Credit or debit cards may be used to buy tickets.
- Passport. Tap your ORCA Passport card on the card reader held by a crew member. Passport covers the full fare on the King County Water Taxi. We now also accept the U-PASS.
- Checks are NOT accepted
Learn more about paying your fare on our Rider info page.
The King County Water Taxi does not accept reservations. The advance purchase of any fare media, including tickets and passes, does not guarantee a seat on a particular sailing.
The Water Taxi docks in Seacrest Park in West Seattle. The park is easy to reach by bus, neighborhood shuttles, and waterfront pathways for walkers and bicyclists. Visitors to West Seattle will find easy access to waterfront trails, Alki beach, fishing piers, restaurants, and shops along California Avenue.
A new floating dock was installed at Seacrest Park in early 2010.
1660 Harbor Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98126
- Ticket vending machines
- Boat launch
- Fishing pier
- Scuba diving launch
A very limited amount of short-term parking is available at Seacrest Park. On-street parking is available along Harbor Avenue SW.
Both the Vashon Island/Downtown Seattle route and the West Seattle/Downtown Seattle route dock at Pier 50 on the downtown Seattle waterfront.
Passengers disembark from the King County Water Taxi at Pier 50 in Downtown Seattle.
801 Alaskan Way (at the foot of Yesler Street)
Seattle, WA 98104
Pier 50 has ticket vending machines, snack machines, a covered passenger waiting area, and portable restrooms. Pier 52, a Washington State Ferries terminal one block to the north, has many additional amenities including an indoor passenger waiting area, restrooms, restaurants, espresso stand, and an ATM machine.
There is no parking available at Pier 50. There are paid lots available in the area, and metered parking on nearby streets.
There is one three-minute load/unload zone across from Pier 52, under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, where you may pick up or drop off passengers. When using this loading zone, drivers must remain with their vehicles.
|Free DART shuttle
||West Seattle Junction
||Free DART shuttle
||Admiral District, Alki Avenue SW
||Downtown Seattle (AM),
Seacrest Park (PM)
Pier 50 is next to Colman Dock on the Seattle waterfront, and is within a quarter-mile of dozens of additional transit connections.
Look up transit connections and route schedules on Metro Online.
Spirit of Kingston
The Spirit of Kingston was built in Bellingham.
The Spirit of Kingston is a foil-assisted catamaran that holds 147 passengers, 16 bicycles, and a crew of three. With a cruising speed of 24 knots, she crosses between West Seattle and downtown Seattle in about 10 minutes.
Inside, the Spirit of Kingston has a combination of theater-style seats, bench seats with tables, and facing seats on two interior decks. She also has one interior accessible restroom, two exterior restrooms on the rear of the first deck, and outdoor seating on the rear of the upper deck.
The Spirit of Kingston has four 740-horsepower propulsion engines that meet Tier 1 pollution standards. The vessel is also equipped with two radar systems, a GPS plotter, a depth sounder, a wired remote steering and propulsion controller, and an automated information system transponder. She is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The King County Ferry District acquired the eight-year-old vessel at no capital cost through an agreement with the Federal Transit Administration for the West Seattle/Downtown Seattle route.
- Length: 65 ft.
- Beam: 25.6 ft.
- Draft (deepest): 3 ft.
- Weight: 70 tons
- Diesel oil: 1,400 gal.
- Potable water: 150 gal.
- Holding tank (sewage): 150 gal.
- Holding tank (bilge water): 50 gal.
At cruising speed, the Spirit of Kingston uses about 80 gallons of fuel per hour.