Bicycles are welcome at no additional charge. Please walk your bicycle between the pier entrance and the vessel. A maximum of 26 bicycles are allowed on the Vashon/Downtown Seattle route, and 26 are allowed on the West Seattle/Downtown Seattle route. (The back-up vessel on the West Seattle route, the MV Spirit of Kingston, holds 16 bicycles.)
We regret that we cannot allow gasoline-powered bikes or scooters aboard the Water Taxi. Bicycles powered by batteries, electricity, and people are welcome.
If you have lost an item, please check with the crew within 24 hours. If more than 24 hours have elapsed, please call Metro Transit Lost and Found at 206-553-3000 (weekdays only). Items will be held for 14 days. If you have found an item, please inform a crew member.
The King County Water Taxi is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
ORCA is an electronic fare card used by seven Puget Sound-area transit agencies (King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Everett Transit, and Sound Transit) and Washington State Ferries. Learn more »
If your ORCA card is loaded with an E-purse, your fare will be deducted from the transportation value in your E-purse. If you have a regional pass, the reader will recognize the trip value on your pass as fare payment.
If the trip value on your pass is less than the Water Taxi fare, you may pay the balance in cash. Example: the one-way ORCA fare to or from West Seattle is $4.50. If the transit pass on your ORCA card has a trip value of $2.25, you can use your ORCA card to pay part of the fare and pay the rest ($2.25) in cash.
The King County Water Taxi is now offering a reduced fare for passengers who have ORCA LIFT cards.
The ORCA LIFT fare is $3.50 per one-way trip on the West Seattle route and $4.00 per one-way trip on the Vashon Island route.
The ORCA LIFT card is available to anyone whose household income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level—about $23,340 annually for an individual living alone.
Learn more about the ORCA LIFT program and how to enroll at orcalift.com.
Regional Reduced Fare Permit
Seniors (65 and older) and persons with disabilities may ride the King County Water Taxi at a reduced rate with a valid Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP).
One personal care attendant may ride for free with this permit, but must board and leave with the reduced-fare passenger. In addition, the reduced-fare passenger must have an RRFP with “PCA” indicated.