Guemes Island Ferry

Ferry Operations Manager: Rachel Rowe

Schedule, Fares, and Map

Ferry Information
Ticket Information
  • Tickets for vehicles under 20 feet in line as you board. Walk-on and Bicycle tickets are sold at the office prior to vehicle sales.
  • Tickets for vehicles over 20 feet or towing trailers may be purchased in advance in the office.
  • Boarding of the ferry will start approximately 10 minutes prior to sailing time.
  • Tickets Paid By Cash, Check, Travelers Check or Credit Cards. Credit Cards are only accepted in advance in the terminal office.
News and Notices

The peak season starts May 20, 2016 and will end September 30, 2016.  During the peak season vehicle and passenger traffic increases significantly; therefore, please give yourself plenty of time to catch your desired sailing.  It is highly recommended that you arrive in line 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.  During the peak season, the ferry has an extra staff person on every day from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The best time to purchase punch cards at the terminal is between 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. in the morning and between 12:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

Here are a few other tips to help make the peak season flow more smoothly:

  • Please be in your vehicles at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Tickets will be sold at the vehicles, unless you are paying with a credit card in which case you will need to come into the office.
  • Purchasing a punch card can make everyone’s lives easier; they are available for walk-ons or vehicles and can be purchased at the terminal or through the mail.
  • Always follow the directions of the crew; they are here to make sure your trip is safe.
  • Please note that vehicles and passengers are never loaded at the same time.  Walk-ons are generally loaded first, and once vehicles start loading, the walk-ons may be asked to wait until all vehicles are loaded.
  • NEVER drive while on your cell phone or with pets or children in your lap.
  • Please remember to turn off your headlights when you arrive in line and during boarding.

If you have any questions, please call our ferry office at (360) 293-6433.

Did you know you can call in an order for a punch card, pay by credit card and we will mail it to you?  You can also order through the mail using our easy order form.  

Purchasing punch cards through the mail can be an easy and convenient way to purchase punch cards without waiting around at the terminal.  Ferry riders may purchase multi-ride punch cards by mailing in the online punch card order form and a check or money order.  There is also an option to pay by credit card and receive the punch card in the mail by calling Marie Henry, at (360) 416-1419.  Please be ready with your order and credit card information. 

For more information, contact Ferry Operations Division Manager, Rachel Rowe, at (360) 416-1466.


Following a public comment period, the final 2016 Ferry Fare Revenue Target Report was presented to the Board of Skagit County Commissioners on April 26, 2016.  At the presentation the Board requested that an additional appendix (Appendix C) be added to the report.  The link included in this announcement is the correct link to the final report.  The power point presentation is also available for those who are interested.  For questions regarding the report or the presentation, please contact Rachel Rowe, Ferry Operations Division Manager, by email at:, or by phone at: (360) 416-1400.

Portable gas containers
Each vehicle or vehicle and trailer is allowed no more than two 6-gallon containers of gasoline, subject to the following:

  • No single container shall exceed a maximum water capacity of 6 gallons;
  • Gasoline containers must be UL or USCG approved;
  • Portable containers must be tightly closed, not missing any parts, and stowed in a secure manner to the satisfaction of ferry personnel;
  • Portable containers must not be transported in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle;
  • Each owner or operator of a vehicle must advise ferry personnel of the presence in or on their vehicle of any portable containers of gasoline;
  • Gasoline containers shall be made available for inspection by ferry personnel, and a visual inspection must be performed before any containers are allowed onboard;
  • Any container showing deterioration which might affect its integrity will not be allowed onboard the vessel;
  • Smoking is not allowed onboard the ferry at any time.

Portable gasoline containers may only be transported in the open bed of a pick-up truck or on an open trailer. Portable gas containers cannot be transported in the trunk of a vehicle and cannot be carried onboard by a walk-on passenger or in a wheelbarrow.

Passengers can take advantage of Skagit Transit Route 49 plus service via a bus stop located within our brand new Anacortes ferry terminal. The service will operate on a dial-a-ride basis Monday through Saturday. 24 hours advance notice is preferred; however, people can call the same day to schedule a pick-up. Brochures are available in the Anacortes ferry terminal.
For more information, please call Skagit Transit at (360) 757-4433.
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