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Vashon Island-Seattle Route

Fall/Winter 2019-20 Schedule  October 28–March 20

Weekdays only

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

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

*Holidays: The West Seattle Water Taxi will NOT operate on Veterans’ Day (Monday, November 11), Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28, and Friday November 29), Christmas (Wednesday, December 25) or New Years Day (January 1).

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

Fare type Cash or Ticket ORCA
Adult $6.75 $5.75
ORCA LIFT $4.50
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.

Address

10800 North Vashon Highway
Vashon, WA 98070

Amenities

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

Parking

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

Address

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

Amenities

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.

Parking

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 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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