Riding the Ferry to Olympic National Park

The shortest route from the Seattle area to Olympic National Park requires taking a boat from Washington State Ferries. However, it may not be the fastest route.
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Ferry to Bainbridge Island

Ferry to Bainbridge Island by Tobias Eigen via Wikimedia Commons

Ferry from Seattle area to Olympic National Park

The shortest route from the Seattle area to Olympic National Park requires taking a boat from Washington State Ferries. From downtown, drive onto the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry or the Seattle-Bremerton ferry; from the northern suburbs, the Edmonds-Kingston ferry is quickest. Both ferries run multiple crossings daily (wsdot.wa.gov/ferries; www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/pdf/wsfroutemap.pdf). When calculating whether a ferry is faster than driving, take into account the ferry schedule, boarding time, and unboarding time. In some cases it is faster to drive.

Ferry from Canada to Olympic National Park

If you’re coming from Canada, Black Ball Ferry runs four times daily in summer between Victoria, BC, and Port Angeles (cohoferry.com; www.cohoferry.com/The-Route).

Traveling on your birthday? Your ferry trip may be free!

Olympic Ferry Map

See the general location of ferries indicated by a dashed line on this map.

General locations of ferries to Olympic National Park

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General locations of ferries to Olympic National Park

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