Getting to and Around Vashon

Vashon Island is just a short 15 minute ferry ride from West Seattle’s Fauntleroy dock, 20 minutes from Tacoma’s Pt Defiance, and 30 minutes by passenger only ferry from Downtown Seattle by car. Many visitors enjoy biking around the island, and with easy access from all docks and buses that help you up the hill to the popular downtown Vashon getting to and around the island can be a great adventu

Traveling and Visitor Information

Ferry Schedule

Getting to the Island is easy if you don’t mind crossing by ferry. The Vashon Island Ferry run is just 15 minutes from West Seattle, but the schedule changes often by season and can change hourly as ferries often break down or issues arise that can cause them to run late. It’s always good to know the schedule before you arrive, but also plan on a long wait just in case.

Tidal Schedule

When visiting the Island you’ll most likely want to enjoy some time on the beach, but the tides can fluctuate daily and depending on the time of year, can be very low or leave not much beach to enjoy. Check the schedule before you plan your visit so that you can make the most out of your beach-combing time.