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Weekday Schedule

Departs Pier 50 Departs Vashon
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

Crossing time is approximately 22 minutes.

Does not operate on weekends or the following holidays:

  • New Years Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16)
  • Presidents Day (February 20)
  • Memorial Day (May 29)
  • Juneteenth (June 19)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (September 4)
  • Indigenous Peoples Day (October 9)
  • Veterans Day Observed (November 10)
  • Thanksgiving (November 23-24)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Weekday Schedule

Departs Pier 50 Departs West Seattle
5:55 AM 6:15 AM
6:30 AM 6:50 AM
7:05 AM 7:25 AM
7:40 AM 8:00 AM
8:15 AM 8:35 AM
8:50 AM 9:10 AM
3:25 PM 3:45 PM
4:05 PM 4:25 PM
4:45 PM 5:05 PM
5:25 PM 5:45 PM
6:05 PM 6:25 PM
6:45 PM 7:05 PM

Does not operate on weekends or the following holidays:

  • New Years Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18)
  • Presidents Day (February 20)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving (November 25-26)
  • Christmas Observed (December 24)

Operates a reduced schedule on the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day (May 31)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (September 6)

Passengers must pay the following one-way fares as they board.

Fare type Cash or Ticket ORCA
Adult (19 to 64 yrs) $6.75 $5.75
ORCA LIFT Not applicable $4.50
Senior (65+ yrs) or Disabled $3.00* $3.00*
Youth (0 to 18 yrs) Free Free
Bicycles No extra charge No extra charge

*With a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP)

  • 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.
  • Mobile APP. Download the Transit GO ticket app, for a contact free payment.
  • 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 the brand new terminal at Pier 50 on the downtown Seattle waterfront. See map


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


The King County Water Taxi opened its brand new multimodal terminal at Pier 50 along the downtown Seattle waterfront, on August 12th. This new terminal has a capacity to hold 500 passengers under cover and out of the weather. An elevated walkway provides safe access to restrooms located in the new Washington State Ferry terminal and to the elevated walkway to the intersection of 1st Ave and Marion St. allowing passengers to walk from downtown Seattle to the passenger only ferry terminal without having to cross city streets.


There is no parking available at Pier 50. There are paid lots available in the area, and metered parking on nearby streets. The Pier 50 terminal connects with several bus routes and the Link Light rail. Please use Metro's trip planner to see options.

Vashon Island

Terminal Metro bus routes
Vashon Routes 118, 119

Downtown Seattle

Pier 50 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 the Metro website.

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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