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Reduce the pain of the SR-99 closure by taking the Water Taxi between West Seattle and downtown Seattle. See our special schedule, view or download our brochure, or visit Metro’s comprehensive page about how to get ready.

Vashon Island-Seattle Route

Weekdays only. Does not operate on holidays.*
Crossing time: about 22 minutes.

Leave Vashon Leave Seattle
-- 5:30 AM
6:10 AM 6:38 AM
7:10 AM 7:40 AM
8:15 AM --
-- 4:30 PM
4:58 PM 5:30 PM
5:58 PM 6:30 PM
6:58 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.

Fare type Cash or Ticket ORCA
Adult $6.75 $5.75
Senior (65+)/Disabled $3.00* $3.00*
Youth (6-18) $6.75 $4.50**
Children (5 and under) Free Free
Bicycles 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 King County Water Taxi docks at the Vashon Ferry Terminal, owned and operated by Washington State Ferries.


10800 North Vashon Highway
Vashon, WA 98070


  • Ticket vending machines
  • Restrooms
  • Terminal building:
    • Indoor waiting area
    • Vending machines with drinks and snacks
  • On shore, near base of dock:
    • Restaurant


Free parking is available about a block away and uphill from the terminal.

Both the Vashon Island-Downtown Seattle route and the West Seattle-Downtown Seattle route dock at Pier 52 on the downtown Seattle waterfront. Note: This is a temporary location while we renovate our passenger facility at Pier 50 (learn more).


801 Alaskan Way (entrance at the foot of Madison Street)
Seattle, WA 98104


Pier 52 has ticket vending machines, a covered area for passenger lines, and portable restrooms. The Washington State Ferries terminal one block to the south has many additional amenities, including an indoor passenger waiting area, restrooms, restaurants, an espresso stand, and an ATM machine.


There is no parking available at Pier 52. There are paid lots available in the area, and metered parking on nearby streets.

New parking spaces and passenger loading areas have been created near the Water Taxi facility in front of the Washington State Ferries terminal at Colman Dock.

Vashon Island

Terminal Metro bus routes
Vashon 118, 119

Downtown Seattle

Pier 52 is just north of 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.

MV Sally Fox

photo: boat passing lighthouse

The MV Sally Fox passes Alki Point on the way to the Vashon Terminal.

The first of the King County Water Taxi’s two new vessels, the MV Sally Fox, was dedicated in a ceremony on March 28, 2015, by County Executive Dow Constantine, County Councilmember Joe McDermott, and other luminaries. Some 350 people joined in the celebration, which included live music and free rides on the new boat.

After a public vote, the vessel was named for longtime Vashon resident Sally Willinger Fox, who was a passionate advocate for the preservation of passenger-only ferry service between Vashon Island and downtown Seattle. According to a plaque on the vessel that honors Fox, she “understood that passenger-only service enhances Islanders’ family lives, protects the environment, reduces congestion and contributes to the health, vibrancy, and fun of Vashon and Maury Islands.”

About the MV Sally Fox

  • Length: 104 ft.
  • Capacity: 278 passengers
  • Crew: 1 captain, 2 crew members
  • Service speed: 28 knots
  • Builder: All American Marine
  • Construction began: March 2014
  • Vessel delivered: March 2015
  • Cost to build: $6.25 million

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