Getting to the San Juan Islands

There are many ways to get to the San Juan Islands, and each option is a unique and beautiful journey. The shorter your stay in the islands the more important it is to plan ahead. Booking activities, transportation, lodging, and dining in advance will make your trip run smoothly and you'll be more likely to get your first choices! 

If you're coming from out-of-state, fly into SEA (Seattle-Tacoma) or Bellingham airport in Washington, or to Vancouver or Victoria’s* airports in Canada. From there, you can drive to Anacortes, WA, and board a Washington State Ferry that will take you to the San Juan Islands. (*From the Victoria airport you'll take a Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor from the ferry terminal in Sidney, once this route resumes. This route is not running during 2022.) 

Spring to early fall, you can ride the San Juan Clipper direct from Seattle to Friday Harbor, however, this route is also unavailable during 2022.  The Puget Sound Express travels from Port Townsend to Friday Harbor seasonally

You can also get to the Islands by taking a small plane or seaplane from Seattle, Everett and other locations, or a private boat. 

See all of your options below.

FERRY ALERTS: Due to unexpected staffing or mechanical problems, the ferries can sometimes run behind schedule or may need to be canceled. To be prepared and stay up to date for an upcoming trip, we recommend signing up with Washington State Ferries to get their latest service updates directly to your phone or email.  Sign up for ferry alerts at

Once you've made your way to the Islands, there's so much to do! Get around by bike, boat, car, trolley, bus or moped and discover the history, arts and culture that make the San Juans so special. Follow the Scenic Byway to get the full island experience.  Divided into three segments, the byway encompasses 30 miles along the beautiful, blue marine highway (Washington State Ferries routes), a driving tour around San Juan Island, and a driving tour on Orcas Island. Enjoy your adventure!

Have more questions about getting to/around the islands? Contact us!

Contact Us:
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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