[Updated July 2016] This article will take you though the logistics of traveling without your car on the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, Washington to Victoria, British Columbia.
A one-way walk on fare for one adult (age 19 – 64) is
$19.45 from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC. Roundtrip cost is $38.90 on the Washington State Ferries.
The cost of bringing a car from Anacortes to Sidney is $95.10 round-trip (summertime rate) and that’s just for the car. A trip for two (with car) would cost $172.90. Reduce that cost by 56% to just
$76.20 round-trip for two adult walk-ons (without a car). Victoria Regional Transit System will get you around the Greater Victoria area (more on this below).
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Bringing your bike is also an option. It will cost an additional charge of $6.00 per bike one way ($12.00 roundtrip) on the ferry. The Victoria Regional Transit System is equipped to carry two bikes on each bus. However the Anacortes / Skagit Transit bus is not equipped to carry bikes, so you would need to ride the short distance to the ferry terminal from downtown Anacortes.
Anacortes, Washington is located 77 miles / 124 km (1-1/2 hours without traffic) northwest of Seattle.
Sidney, British Columbia is 16 miles / 26 km (25 minutes) north of Victoria located on Vancouver Island in Canada.
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There are two Park and Ride locations in the Anacortes area – both with free overnight, multiple day parking. (Keep reading for info on parking at the Anacortes ferry terminal.)
One is located in the downtown area of Anacortes at 10th and Q Streets (google map) near the Safeway grocery store. The other is located at March’s Point (google map) (Skagit Transit info) on the outskirts of Anacortes along Highway 20.
From either of these locations you can take the Skagit Transit 410 bus directly to the ferry terminal. Bus fare is $1.00 per adult; $0.50 per child, 65+ or disabled.
The ferry terminal is 3 miles from downtown Anacortes, so it might be best to wait for the bus as opposed to walking with your bags.
Parking at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal
If you are feeling a little spendy or just need things to be a little easier, there is parking at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. The rates are as follows:
See website for additional parking rates over 7 days – Anacortes Ferry Terminal parking.
Just walk on the ferry with your bags and leave your car behind! There are no lockers or bag check on the ferry. They ask you do not leave your bags unattended on the ferry for the 2 – 2-1/2 hour crossing.
Once you arrive in Sidney, you will go through customs with other people who walked on. The 70 Express Bus will take you directly into Downtown Victoria. Unfortunately, the bus does not enter the ferry area. It is a short 10 minute walk – 3 blocks west, 4 blocks north – to the bus stop. View this route map. Or walk along 1st Street for a view of the water and turn at Beacon Avenue.
Single tickets on the bus are $2.50 per ride. A DayPASS is an even better option at
$7.75 $5.00 (valid until midnight). You may purchase a DayPASS at 7-11 located on Beacon at Resthaven Dr one block from where you catch the bus at 5th and Beacon. View fares. Transfers are available on the bus. View the Victoria Regional Transit System website.
Beacon is the main drag in the area. Catch the 70 Express Bus on Fifth at Beacon (Southwest corner of Fifth and Beacon in front of DFH Real Estate and Sidney Mortgage). Buses run about every 30 minutes. View the 70 Bus Schedule & Map
The 70 Express Bus will take you to Government at Superior (map) in Downtown Victoria. You will arrive a couple of blocks from the Inner Harbor and the Empress Hotel. This is a main sightseeing area and well worth the walk.
Summer 2016 Sailing Times
There is two sailings leaving from Anacortes to Sidney:
Lv: 8:25am, Ar: 11:05am
Lv: 2:50pm, Ar: 5:00pm
There is two sailings leaving from Sidney to Anacortes:
Lv: 12:00pm (noon), Ar: 2:10pm
Lv: 5:55pm, Ar: 8:30pm
Have a wonderful time on your holiday between Washington state and Vancouver Island, Canada!
Please note: This article was written based on my own travel experience that I paid for. This is not a paid promotional article. I just want to you learn from my experience and enjoy traveling at a smart, discounted cost.
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