Weekdays only. Does not operate on holidays.*
Crossing time: about 22 minutes.
*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:
||Cash or Ticket
|Children (5 and under)
||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 dock at the Vashon Ferry Terminal as seen from the vessel.
The King County Water Taxi docks at the Vashon Ferry Terminal, owned and operated by Washington State Ferries.
10800 North Vashon Highway
Vashon, WA 98070
- Ticket vending machines
- Terminal building:
- Indoor waiting area
- Vending machines with drinks and snacks
- On shore, near base of dock:
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.
Passengers disembark from the King County Water Taxi at Pier 50 in Downtown Seattle.
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.
There is one three-minute load/unload zone across from Pier 52, under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, where you may pick up or drop off passengers. When using this loading zone, drivers must remain with their vehicles.
||Metro bus routes
|Downtown Seattle (Pier 50)*
||16, 66, 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.
The Melissa Ann was built for the U.S. Army in 1988 at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Whidbey Island.
The Melissa Ann is a catamaran that holds 172 passengers, 18 bicycles, and a crew of three. With a cruising speed of 28 knots, she crosses between Vashon and downtown Seattle in about 22 minutes.
Inside, the Melissa Ann has a combination of theater-style seats, bench seats with tables, and facing seats. She also has an air conditioning/heating system and restrooms, and some outdoor seating on the upper deck.
The Melissa Ann has two 1,400 horsepower propulsion engines that meet Tier 1 pollution standards. The vessel also is equipped with two radar systems, a GPS plotter, a depth sounder, and an automated information system transponder. At cruising speed, the Melissa Ann uses a maximum of 120 gallons of fuel per hour. She is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The King County Ferry District is leasing the MV Melissa Ann from Four Seasons Marine Services for the Vashon Island/Downtown Seattle route.
- Length: 77 ft.
- Beam: 29 ft.
- Draft (deepest): 5 ft.
- Weight: 47 tons
- Diesel oil: 1,100 gal.
- Potable water: 250 gal.
- Holding tank (sewage): 200 gal.
- Holding tank (bilge water): 50 gal.
- Compared to the vessel that was previously used on this route (the Skagit), the Melissa Ann’s propulsion system has less impact on bottom sediment and creates a smaller wake.
- The vessel’s exhaust is routed through mufflers and discharged between the hulls to minimize noise.