Getting Here: Seattle to San Juan Islands

seaplane from lake union to san juan island for whale watching day tripSeattle to San Juan – it’s easy! Fly or Drive & Ferry

Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is located 90 miles north of Seattle, in the beautiful Salish Sea.

Friday Harbor is easily accessible by foot and has many great local shops, restaurants, and hotels.

Flying to San Juan Island

Fly from Seattle: For an easy and hassle free day tour, fly directly from Lake Union in downtown Seattle to the docks of San Juan Island! The Whale Plane Package includes roundtrip air with Kenmore Air from Seattle to San Juan and our Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour.

Fly from Anacortes: If you miss your ferry, you can also fly from Anacortes with San Juan Airlines

Driving & Ferrying to San Juan Island

Drive the scenic by-way from Seattle to Anacortes and hop aboard the Washington State Ferry that is considered one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the country. Enjoy comfortable seating or walk around the viewing decks and take in views of the surrounding islands while traveling to San Juan Island. Look for seals, eagles, porpoise, and even orca whales as you travel between along the calm channels of the Salish Sea. Outside and inside seating, tables, and a galley make travel on the ferry easy and fun. The ferry lands right in the heart of Friday Harbor, just steps from our office location.

 

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From Downtown Seattle: Allow at least 1.5 – 2hrs driving time.

Take Interstate 5 north to the Burlington exit (230). Turn west (left) on Highway 20 until you reach Anacortes.

Once in downtown Anacortes, follow the signs for the San Juan Island Ferries to the ferry landing.

The Ferry: Choose a ferry departure that arrives to San Juan Island at least 1 hour prior to tour time and plan on arriving at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal at least 1 hour prior to ferry departure. If you are visiting San Juan Island for the day, it is recommended you leave your car in Anacortes and purchase walk on tickets.

For ferry schedules click here.

If you are NOT bringing your car across park your car and purchase a walk on ferry ticket. Passenger only is about $13 per adult – round trip.

If you are bringing your car across, reservations are highly recommended. To make vehicle reservations visit www.takeaferry.com. The approximate price for car & driver is about $50 round trip, passengers extra.

Seattle Hotels

San Juan Island, located 90 miles north of Seattle, is a fun and easy day trip from Seattle. Take the ferry from Anacortes, WA or hop aboard the Whale Plane. Sea planes depart from Lake Union in Seattle, which is a short taxi ride from most hotels, and return to Seattle for dinner.

Seattle Orca whale Watching Schedule
Seapane Packages – Roundtrip air and San Juan Safaris’ Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour

11th Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast
121 11th Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 720-7161
http://www.11thavenueinn.com
info@11thavenueinn.com

A Moore Hotel
1926 Second Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 448-4851
http://www.moorehotel.com

Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Outside of Seattle but, WONDERFUL
10 East Alderbrook Drive
Union, WA 98592
(360) 898-2200
http://www.alderbrookresort.com

Alexis Hotel
1007 First Ave at Madison
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-4844
http://www.alexishotel.com

American Hotel
520 S. King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-5443
http://www.americanhotelseattle.com
info@americanhotelseattle.com

Amethyst Lodge
200 Connaught Dr
Jasper, AB T0E 1E0
(780) 409-9273
www.mpljasper.com
sales@www.mpljasper.com

Bacon Mansion, LLC
959 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-1864
http://www.baconmansion.com
info@baconmansion.com

Bed & Breakfast Association of Seattle
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 547-1020
http://www.lodginginseattle.com
info@baconmansion.com

Bed & Breakfast on Broadway
722 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-8933
http://www.bbonbroadway.com
info@bbonbroadway.com

Best Western Airport Executive
20717 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98198
(206) 878-3300
http://www.apexecutel.com

Best Western Edmonds Harbor Inn
130 W Dayton
Edmonds, WA 98020
(800) 771-5021
http://www.bwedmondsharborinn.com
info@bwedmondsharborinn.com

Best Western Evergreen Inn & Suites
32124 25th Ave S
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 529-4000
http://www.bestwestern.com/evergreeninnandsuites

Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 448-9444
http://www.bestwestern.com/executiveinnseattle
info.exec@clisehotels.com

Best Western Loyal Inn
2301 Eighth Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 682-0200
http://www.bestwestern.com/loyalinn

Best Western Navigator Inn & Suites
North of Seattle, on your way to Anacortes, where you catch the ferry to San Juan Island
10210 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98204
(425) 347-2555
http://www.navigatorsuites.com

Best Western Pioneer Square Hotel
77 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 340-1234
http://www.pioneersquare.com
info@pioneersquare.com

Best Western River’s Edge
15901 West Valley Hwy
Seattle, WA 98188
(425) 226-1812
http://www.bestwestern.com/southcenter
reservations@bwriversedge.net

Capitol Steps
1633 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 223-1336
www.capitolstepsonline.com
info@capitolstepsonline.com

Cave B Inn & Spa at SageCliffe
Outside of Seattle, but WONDERFUL
344 Silica Rd NW
Quincy, WA 98848
(509) 785-3910
http://www.cavebinn.com

Cedarbrook Lodge
18525 36th Avenue S
SeaTac, WA 98188
(206) 214-4382
www.cedarbrookcenter.com

Chambered Nautilus Bed & Breakfast Inn
5005 22nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 522-2536
http://www.chamberednautilus.com
stay@chamberednautilus.com

City Hostel Seattle
Cheep Sleep
2327 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 706-3255
http://www.hostelseattle.com
reservations@hostelseattle.com

Clarion Hotel Sea-Tac Airport
3000 S 176th St
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 242-0200
www.clarionseattle.com

Coast Gateway Hotel
18415 International Blvd
SeaTac, WA 98188
(206) 248-8200
http://www.thegatewayhotel.com

Comfort Inn & Suites Seattle North
13700 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133-0280
(206) 361-3700
http://www.comfortinnsuitesseattle.com

Courtyard by Marriott – Downtown Seattle Lake Union
Across from Kenmore Air where the Whale Plane Package departs
925 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 213-0100
http://www.marriott.com

Courtyard by Marriott Seattle – Kirkland
11215 NE 124th St
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 602-3200
http://www.marriott.com

Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
612 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 625-1111
http://www.courtyardpioneersquare.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle
1113 Sixth Ave
Seattle, WA 98101-3048
(206) 464-1980
http://www.cphotelseattle.com

Days Inn Sea-Tac Airport
19015 International Blvd S
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 244-3600
http://www.daysinn.com
days_inn_seatac@yahoo.com

Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel Seattle – Downtown
700 Third Avenue at Cherry
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 340-0340
http://www.arcticclubseattledowntown.doubletree.com
sales@arcticclubhotel.com

Doubletree Guest Suites Seattle Airport Southcenter
16500 Southcenter Pkwy
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 575-8220
www.seattle.doubletree.com

Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport
18740 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 246-8600
http://www.seattleairport.doubletree.com

Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way
Pier 67
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-7000
www.edgewaterhotel.com

Embassy Suites Hotel – Bellevue
3225 158th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 698-6680
http://www.seattlebellevue.embassysuites.com

Embassy Suites Seattle Tacoma International Airport
15920 West Valley Hwy
Seattle, WA 98188
(425) 227-8844
http://www.seattletacoma.embassysuites.com

Executive Hotel Pacific
400 Spring St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 777-7106
http://www.executivehotels.net

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-1700
http://www.fairmont.com

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Bellevue Seattle
14595 NE 29th Pl
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 869-6548
http://www.marriott.com/bvufi

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Seattle SeaTac Airport
19631 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 592-8542
www.marriott.com/seata

Four Points Seattle
By Sheraton Downtown Seattle Center
www.fourpointsseattle.com

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 749-7000
www.fourseasons.com/seattle

Four Seasons Resort Whistler
4591 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
(604) 935-3400
http://www.fourseasons.com/whistler
reservations.whi@fourseasons.com

Georgetown Inn
6100 Corson Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-2233
http://www.georgetowninnseattle.com

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 774-1234
www.grandseattle.hyatt.com

Green Tortoise by the Market
105 B Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 340-1222
http://www.greentortoise.net
info@greentortoise.net

Guest House Bed & Breakfast
1121 SW 160th
Seattle, WA 98166
(206) 439-7576
http://www.guesthousebnb.com
info@guesthousebnb.com

Hampton Inn & Suites – Downtown Seattle Center
700 Fifth Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-7700
http://www.hamptoninn-seattle.com

Hampton Creek Inn
409 Silverbrook Rd.,
Randle, WA 98377
(360) 497-0585
http://hamptoncreekinn.com
hamptoncreekinn@gmail.com

Hampton Inn & Suites – Lynnwood
19324 Alderwood Mall Pkwy
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 771-1888
http://www.hamptonseattlenorth.com

Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-1300
http://www.bellevuehilton.com

Hilton Seattle
1301 Sixth Ave at University
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.seattlehilton.com

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 433-4800
http://www.seattleairport.hilton.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Seattle City Center
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-7222
http://www.hiexpress.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Seattle-Airport
19621 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 824-3200
http://www.hiexpress.com
express@hcbmi.com

Holiday Inn Seattle
211 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 728-8123
http://www.holidayinn.com/seattlewa

Holiday Inn Seattle Sea-Tac Int’l Airport
17338 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 428-2104
http://www.hi-seatac.com
sales@hi-seatac.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle – Downtown
206 Western Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 281-9393
http://www.seattledowntown.homewoodsuites.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle-Convention Center-Pike Street
1011 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-8282
http://www.seattleconventioncenterpikestreet.homewoodsuites.com

Hotel 1000
1000 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 957-1000
http://www.Hotel1000Seattle.com

Hotel Andra
Comtemporary, beautiful rooms, some with suites. Convenient to Jazz Alley and Pacific Norwest Ballet. Lola, the Greek inspired restaurant is on the street level. Wonderful food both dinner and breakfast. Reviewed by Colleen Johansen (stayed there 6/3/10)
2000 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 694-7260
http://www.hotelandra.com
sales@hotelandra.com

Hotel Bellevue
11200 SE Sixth St
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 454-4424
http://www.thehotelbellevue.com

Hotel Deca
Contemporary, great furnishings and appointments. In the University District. Starbucks on the lobby level. Great, warm front desk staff. Very helpful. April 2010.
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-2000
http://www.hoteldeca.com
sales@hoteldeca.com

Hotel Monaco Seattle
1101 Fourth Ave at Spring Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 340-6695
www.monaco-seattle.com

Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 774-6208
http://www.olive8.hyatt.com

Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown
110 6th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-6041
http://www.hyattplaceseattledowntown.com

Inn At The Market
86 Pine Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
Phone 206-443-3600
Fax 206-448-0631
Toll Free Reservations: 800.446.4484
http://innatthemarket.com/

MarQueen Hotel
600 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-7407
http://www.marqueen.com
info@marqueen.com

Marriott SpringHill Suites Downtown Seattle
1800 Yale Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 254-0500
http://www.marriott.com

Marriott TownePlace Suites Seattle Southcenter
18123 72nd Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
(253) 796-6000
www.marriott.com/SEAKT

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
2125 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 654-5010
http://www.panpacific.com/seattle

Pensione Nichols
1923 First Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-7125
http://www.pensionenichols.com
info@pensionenichols.com

Quality Inn & Suites Hotel Seattle Center
618 John St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 728-7666
http://www.qualityinnseattle.com
gm@qualityinnseattle.com

Radisson Hotel Gateway Seattle Tacoma Airport
18118 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 244-6666
http://www.radisson.com/seattlewa_seatac

Ramada Inn Downtown Seattle
2200 Fifth Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-9785
http://www.the.ramada.com/00015

Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport
18220 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 248-8188
www.redlion.com

Redmond Marriott Town Center
7401 164th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 498-4000
http://www.marriott.com/SEAMC

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 583-0300
http://www.renaissanceseattle.com

Residence Inn by Marriott – Seattle Downtown Lake Union
800 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 695-5412
www.marriott.com/sealu

Sea To Sky – Seattle’s Vacation Rentals
4231 6th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 632-4210
www.seattlesvacationrentals.com
info@seattlesvacationrentals.com

SeaTac Inn – Seattle Airport
17108 International Blvd
SeaTac, WA 98188
(206) 244-1230
http://www.seatacinn.com

Seattle Airport Marriott
3201 S 176th St
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 241-2000
www.seattleairportmarriott.com

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 443-5000
http://www.seattlemarriottwaterfront.com

Seattle Pacific Hotel
325 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-0400
http://www.seattlepacifichotel.com
seattlepacifichotel@gmail.com

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-9000
http://www.sheraton.com/seattle

Silver Cloud Hotel Broadway
1100 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 204-1183
www.silvercloud.com

Silver Cloud Inn – Seattle Lake Union
1150 Fairview Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 447-9500
http://www.silvercloud.com
sunnyl@silvercloud.com

*Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels
103-118th Ave SE Ste 300
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 637-9800
www.silvercloud.com

Staybridge Suites Seattle North – Everett
9600 Harbour Place
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 493-9500
http://www.staymukilteo.com
gm@staymukilteo.com

Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue Seattle
1415 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 971-8000
http://www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com

*Westin Seattle
1900 Fifth Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-1000
http://www.westinseattle.com

Travelodge Seattle Center
200 Sixth Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-7878 ext. 507
www.travelodgeseattlecenter.com

Travelodge Seattle University
4725 25th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-4612
http://www.travelodgeseattleuniversity.com

W Seattle
1112 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 264-6103
www.whotels.com/seattle

Warwick Seattle Hotel
401 Lenora St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 443-4300

www.warwickwa.com
sales.seattle@warwickhotels.com

San Juan Island Transportation Taxi, Rental Cars, Moped & Bicycle Rentals in Friday Harbor

Susie’s Mopeds
Cruise the San Juan Islands on a moped from Susie’s! Enjoy the great outdoors and see wonderful scenery. Susies’s rents cars and scoot cars too!
800-532-0087

Island Bicycles
Island Bicycles carries a complete line of cycling accessories, parts and clothing. Their rental bicycles can be easily taken to the other ferry-serviced islands: Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez. Reservations are strongly recommended during the peak summer season (June – September) and Memorial Day weekend. Paul also repair bicycles. (good to know!)

M and W Auto San Juan Island
San Juan Islands source for rental cars and car sales located in Friday Harbor.
Rent a cars for 4 hours, a full day, by the week or monthly. Prices start at $49. Fly up to San Juan Island and you can still have your own vehicle.800.323.6037 or mandw@interisland.net

Friday Harbor Taxi
360.378.3550 about $5.00 anywhere within the Town of Friday Harbor $20.00 between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor No fare greater than $30.00 (Roche Harbor to Cape San Juan, 20 miles) Guided tours at $30.00 per hour – typically 3 hours for the entire island

Bob’s Taxi and Tours
Randy is my favorite driver here, but they are all good. 360.378.6777

San Juan Transit
360-378-8887 Hourly scheduled shuttles Friday Harbor to Roche Harbor. First run 10:00 to Roche Harbor. Last run of day 4:25 Roche Harbor to Friday Harbor. Can accomodate 4 bicycles. $8 round trip.

Orca Whale Watching Tours San Juan Island 800.450.6858

San Juan Islands Water Taxi
Between San Juan Islands, Victoria and Anacortes. Miss the ferry?
We may be able to help you.