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There are two basic ways of getting to the San Juan Islands – you can fly or take a ferry. Each offers a panoramic view of the islands. There are several ferry services to the islands; the most popular, the Washington State Ferry, departs daily from Anacortes.
Anacortes is equidistant from the city of Vancouver, B.C., Canada and the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, which is about 20 minutes south of Seattle. It is 80 miles from either city – about a 2-hour drive. The Washington State ferry operates large car ferries between the islands, terminating its service in Friday Harbor, where the Tucker House Inn & Harrison House Suites are located. Check out our driving directions to Anacortes from either Vancouver or Seattle and some local ferry tips to help you handle busy summer travel like a local.
If you opt to fly to Friday Harbor, you are sure to enjoy an amazing ride. There are not many places in the world where you can take a sea plane and land in the harbor just a few blocks from your accommodation. If a sea plane is a bit too daunting, wheeled planes fly into Friday Harbor Airport.
If you prefer to do the trip without a vehicle, there are several shuttle services that will get you to Anacortes. The Anacortes ferry terminal is served by Gray Line bus from downtown Seattle (800) 426-7532. Island Aiporter runs a daily shuttle service from Friday Harbor to SeaTac (360) 378-7438. Bellair Charters Airporter Shuttle has scheduled service from Anacortes Ferry Terminal to SeaTac.
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