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West Seattle-Seattle Route

2016-2017 Winter Schedule Oct. 31, 2016–April 9, 2017

Weekdays only. Does not operate on holidays.*
Crossing time: about 10 minutes.

Leave Seattle Leave West Seattle
6:00 AM 6:15 AM
6:30 AM 6:45 AM
7:00 AM 7:15 AM
7:30 AM 7:45 AM
8:00 AM 8:15 AM
8:30 AM 8:45 AM
3:45 PM 4:00 PM
4:15 PM 4:30 PM
4:45 PM 5:00 PM
5:15 PM 5:30 PM
5:45 PM 6:00 PM
6:15 PM 6:30 PM
6:45 PM 7:00 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 $5.25 $4.50
Senior (65+)/Disabled $2.25* $2.25*
Youth (6-18) $5.25 $3.50**
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 Water Taxi docks in Seacrest Park in West Seattle. The park is easy to reach by bus, neighborhood shuttles, and waterfront pathways for walkers and bicyclists. Visitors to West Seattle will find easy access to waterfront trails, Alki beach, fishing piers, restaurants, and shops along California Avenue.

photo: dock This floating dock was installed at Seacrest Park in early 2010.


1660 Harbor Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98126


  • Ticket vending machines
  • Restrooms
  • Boat launch
  • Fishing pier
  • Scuba diving launch


A very limited amount of short-term parking is available at Seacrest Park   . On-street parking is available along Harbor Avenue SW.

Both the Vashon Island-Downtown Seattle route and the West Seattle-Downtown Seattle route dock at Pier 50 on the downtown Seattle waterfront.


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


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.


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.

West Seattle

Type Metro bus routes Service
Free DART shuttle 773 West Seattle Junction
Free DART shuttle 775 Admiral District, Alki Avenue SW
Regular route (weekdays only) 37 Downtown Seattle (AM), Seacrest Park (PM)

Downtown Seattle

*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.

photo: boat underway

The MV Doc Maynard

The King County Water Taxi’s newest vessel, the MV Doc Maynard, is one of two new water taxis built with grant money from the Federal Transit Administration. The grant covered 80 percent of the cost of the two vessels.

The new boats can carry 278 passengers, and they have increased bicycle storage capacity, wider doors for faster boarding, and low-emission engines.

After a public vote, the vessel was named for one of Seattle’s early pioneers, David Swinson “Doc” Maynard, who helped shape the Seattle we know today and advocated for naming the city after Chief Seattle.

About the Doc Maynard

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

The Spirit of Kingston was built in Bellingham.

The Spirit of Kingston is a foil-assisted catamaran that holds 147 passengers, 16 bicycles, and a crew of three. With a cruising speed of 24 knots, she crosses between West Seattle and downtown Seattle in about 10 minutes.

Inside, the Spirit of Kingston has a combination of theater-style seats, bench seats with tables, and facing seats on two interior decks. She also has one interior accessible restroom, two exterior restrooms on the rear of the first deck, and outdoor seating on the rear of the upper deck.

The Spirit of Kingston has four 740-horsepower propulsion engines that meet Tier 1 pollution standards. The vessel is also equipped with two radar systems, a GPS plotter, a depth sounder, a wired remote steering and propulsion controller, and an automated information system transponder. She is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The King County Ferry District acquired the eight-year-old vessel at no capital cost through an agreement with the Federal Transit Administration for the West Seattle/Downtown Seattle route.


  • Length: 65 ft.
  • Beam: 25.6 ft.
  • Draft (deepest): 3 ft.
  • Weight: 70 tons


  • Diesel oil: 1,400 gal.
  • Potable water: 150 gal.
  • Holding tank (sewage): 150 gal.
  • Holding tank (bilge water): 50 gal.

Fuel consumption

At cruising speed, the Spirit of Kingston uses about 80 gallons of fuel per hour.

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