Washington State Ferries

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Area Served Puget Sound, Washington
(King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap counties)
Fleet Size 23
Number of Routes 10
Ridership 61,745 (2013)


Operated by the State of Washington under the WSDOT.

  • Note: Vessels with golden strip painted on the whistle have been in service for Washington State Ferries for 50 years.

Current Routes

Washington State Ferries Map.jpg
Route name Terminals State Route Designation Annual Ridership[1] Annual Vehicles Carried[1] Notes
Anacortes–Sidney BC Sidney, British Columbia Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Anacortes SR-20 Spur 123,001 42,589
  • Reservations recommended
  • Only route that operates internationally
  • Route does not operate in Winter (open mid-March to mid-December)
Anacortes–San Juan Islands Friday Harbor, San Juan Island 2,009,438 947,064
  • Reservations recommended
  • Not all trips serve all island terminals.
Lopez Island
Shaw Island
Orcas Island
Inter-island Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Orcas Island Shaw Island Lopez Island
  • Walk-on passengers are not charged a fare on this route.
Port Townsend–Coupeville Port Townsend Coupeville, Whidbey Island SR-20 819,285 372,130
  • Reservations recommended
Mukilteo–Clinton Clinton, Whidbey Island Mukilteo SR-525 4,073,761 2,234,650
Edmonds–Kingston Kingston Edmonds SR-104 4,114,181 2,127,315
Seattle–Bainbridge Island Winslow, Bainbridge Island Seattle (Colman Dock) SR-305 6,429,853 1,929,617
Seattle–Bremerton Bremerton Seattle (Colman Dock) SR-304 2,739,926 673,815
Fauntleroy–Vashon Vashon Island West Seattle (Fauntleroy) SR-160 3,059,587 1,738,721
  • All three services operated together as a "triangle route."
Fauntleroy–Southworth Southworth West Seattle (Fauntleroy)
Southworth–Vashon Southworth Vashon Island 200,672 109,548
Point Defiance–Tahlequah Tahlequah, Vashon Island Tacoma Point Defiance Park SR-163 812,786 473,924

Current Classes

Puget Sound Vessels

Current roster

Name Thumbnail Year City built Class Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity Current Route Notes
Tacoma Washington State Ferries Tacoma-b.jpg 1997 Seattle, WA Jumbo Mark II Class 202 2500 Seattle–Bainbridge Island
Wenatchee Washington State Ferries Wenatchee-a.jpg 1998 Seattle, WA Jumbo Mark II Class 202 2500 Seattle–Bainbridge Island
Puyallup 1999 Seattle, WA Jumbo Mark II Class 202 2500 Edmonds–Kingston
Spokane 1972 Seattle, WA Jumbo Class 188 2000 Edmonds–Kingston
Walla Walla 1973 Seattle, WA Jumbo Class 188 2000 Standby
Hyak 1967 San Diego, CA Super Class 144 2000 Anacortes–San Juan Islands
  • The state has put money aside to give her a full refit but this could happen due major issue and breakdowns of class
  • Earned her golden stripes in February 2017 to mark 50 years of service for Washington State Ferries.
Kaleetan Washington State Ferries Kaleetan-b.jpg 1967 San Diego, CA Super Class 144 2000 Seattle–Bremerton
  • Upgrade in 1999 with new interior
Yakima 1967 San Diego, CA Super Class 144 2000 Anacortes–San Juan Islands
  • Upgrade in 1999 with new interior
Elwha Washington State Ferries Elwha-a.jpg 1967 San Diego, CA Super Class 144 2000 (1)

1090 (2)

Anacortes–Sidney BC Summers only
  • Has SOLAS can operate to Sidney B.C.
  • Worst vessel in the class because she is top heavy compared to the rest of the class
Tokitae Washington State Ferries Tokitae-a.jpg 2014 Seattle, WA Olympic class 144 1500 Standby
Samish 2015 Seattle, WA Olympic class 144 1500 Anacortes–San Juan Islands
Chimacum 2017 Seattle, Wa Olympic Class 144 1500 Seattle–Bremerton
  • Joined the fleet August 7, 2017
Suquamish 2018 Seattle, WA Olympic Class 144 1500 Mukilteo–Clinton
  • Joined the fleet on September 22, 2018.
Issaquah Washington State Ferries Issaquah-a.jpg 1979 Seattle, Wa Issaquah Class (124) 124 1200 Standby
  • First in class to be upgrade and expand to 124 cars in 1989
Kittias Washington State Ferries Kittitas-a.jpg 1980 Seattle, Wa Issaquah Class (124) 124 1200 Mukilteo–Clinton
  • Second in class to be upgrade and expand to 124 cars in 1990
Kitsap Washington State Ferries Kitsap-a.jpg 1980 Seattle, Wa Issaquah Class (124) 124 1200 Standby
  • Third in class to be upgrade and expand to 124 cars in 1992
Cathlamet 1981 Seattle, Wa Issaquah Class (124) 124 1200 Fauntleroy–Vashon-Southworth
  • Fourth in class to be upgrade and expand to 124 cars in 1993
  • Test vessel to make the class more reliable due massive problems from the builders
Chelan 1981 Seattle, Wa Issaquah Class (124) 124 1200 (1)

1090 (2)

Fauntleroy–Vashon-Southworth
  • Fifth in the class expanded to 124 cars in 2001
  • Fifth in the class to be upgrade in 2005
  • Only vessel in the class to have SOLAS converted in 2005
Sealth 1982 Seattle, Wa Issaquah Class (90) 90 1200 Fauntleroy–Vashon-Southworth
  • Delivered to the fleet after the first three years after she was built because of massive problems with the rest of the vessels in the class
  • Upgrade in 2006
  • Left in the original forum with only one car deck compared to the two in the rest of the vessels in this class
Tillikum Washington State Ferries Tillikum-a.jpg 1959 Seattle, WA Evergreen State class 87 1061 Inter-island
  • Earned gold strips in 2009.
Chetzemoka 2010 Seattle, Wa Kwa-di Tabil class 64 748 Point Defiance–Tahlequah
  • Doesn't have variable pitch propellers
Salish Washington State Ferries Salish-a.jpg 2011 Seattle, Wa Kwa-di Tabil class 64 748 Port Townsend–Coupeville
Second vessel during the late Spring, Summer, early Fall

Standby
Late Fall, Winter, early Spring

  • Does have variable pitch propellers
Kennewick Washington State Ferries Kennewick-a.jpg 2011 Seattle, Wa Kwa-di Tabil class 64 748 Port Townsend–Coupeville
  • Does have variable pitch propellers

Foot notes

Columbia River

Name Thumbnail Year City built Class Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity Route(s) served Notes
Sanpoli 2013 Seattle, WA None 20 149 Keller ferry
  • Not operated by Puget Sound division of Washington State Ferries

Retired vessels

Puget Sound Vessels

Name Thumbnail Year City built Class Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity Route(s) served Notes
Hiyu Washington State Ferries Hiyu-a.jpg 1967 Portland, Or Hiyu Class 34 199 Spare
  • Retired due her size and lack of ADA requirements.
Evergreen State Washington State Ferries Evergreen State-a.jpg 1954 Seattle, Wa Evergreen State class 87 854
  • First vessel built for WSF.
  • Have golden strips painted onto the whistle to mark 50 years in service with the fleet.
Klahowya Washington State Ferries Klahowya-a.jpg 1958 Seattle, WA Evergreen State class 87 792
  • Earned gold strips in 2008.
Rhododendron Rhododendron Class
Quinault Steel Electric Class
Illahee Steel Electric Class
Klickitat Steel Electric Class
Nisqually Steel Electric Class
Willapa Steel Electric Class
Enetai Steel Electric Class
Kalakala

Passenger Only Vessels

These vessels where intend to make the commute faster from Vashon Island and Bremerton.

Name Thumbnail Year City built Passenger capacity Route(s) served Notes
Chinook 1998 Anacortes, WA 350 Seattle / Bremerton
Snohomish 1999 Anacortes, WA 350 Seattle / Bremerton
Skagit 1989 New Orleans, LA 230 Seattle / Vashon
Kalama 1989 New Orleans, LA 230 Seattle / Vashon
Tyee 1985 Seattle / Vashon

Seattle / Bremerton

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