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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 $6.25 $5.25
ORCA LIFT $4.00
Senior (65+)/Disabled $2.75* $2.75*
Youth (6-18) $6.25 $4.00**
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 Pier 50 on the downtown Seattle waterfront.

Address

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

Amenities

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.

Parking

There is no parking available at Pier 50. There are paid lots available in the area, and metered parking on nearby streets.

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

Terminal Metro bus routes
Vashon Island 118, 119
Downtown Seattle (Pier 50)* 99

*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.

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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