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Taking Ferry from Fauntleroy to Vashon Island

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Taking Ferry from Fauntleroy to Vashon Island
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My wife and I are flying into SeaTac at midday on Friday, July 25th to attend a wedding on Vashon Island on Saturday. We'll have to drive from SeaTac to the Fauntleroy ferry terminal to ferry across to Vashon. What sort of traffic backups can we expect at the ferry landing and what's the procedure for buying tickets for the ferry??

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This should cover the ticket question: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

Friday afternoon is a madhouse in Seattle; I often wonder what all those people do on other weekdays....just park their cars in the city and only go home on Friday? Here is what Google Maps has to offer:

https://goo.gl/maps/F36Jq

The blue line is the recommended route, the others are alternatives. Note that Google time estimates are almost always optimistic by about 20 percent.

The earlier you can leave the airport and get on your way the better.

Edited: 8 years ago
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You could drive from SeaTac, to Tacoma, then a short ferry ride to Vashon Island, but it's a lot more driving. I'd go with Bob's route via 509.

The Fauntleroy ferries are frequent and at midday you probably won't have a long wait.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/traffic_stats/congestion/summer/FauntleroyVashonSummer2014.pdf

Get in the signed ferry line on Fauntleroy Way and follow the traffic to the ticket booth. See the map; you might have to turn north when you reach Fauntleroy Way then, when appropriate, turn around and get into the southbound ferry line.

http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=f-v

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Many thanks for the advice. Believe we'll stick with the Fauntleroy option.

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