Bainbridge Island Ferry Schedule 2022

The Bainbridge Island Ferry, operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and one of many Washington State Ferries, provides weekday, weekend and holiday ferry service between Bainbridge Island and Seattle.

Bainbridge Island to Seattle Ferry Schedule

Weekday Schedule

Depart Bainbridge IslandArrive Seattle
4:455:20
5:205:55
6:206:55
7:057:40
7:558:30
8:459:20
9:4010:15
10:2511:00
11:3012:05
12:2012:55
1:151:50
2:052:40
2:553:30
3:504:25
4:455:20
5:356:10
6:407:15
7:207:55
8:208:55
9:009:35
10:0010:35
11:3012:05
12:551:30
* Bold - PM

Weekend and Holiday Schedule

Depart Bainbridge IslandArrive Seattle
5:205:55
7:057:40
7:558:30
8:459:20
9:4510:20
10:2511:00
11:3512:10
12:2012:55
1:201:55
2:102:45
3:003:35
3:554:30
4:405:15
5:356:10
6:307:05
7:157:50
8:108:45
8:559:30
9:4510:20
10:3011:05
12:0012:35
1:252:00
* Bold - PM

Seattle to Bainbridge Island Ferry Schedule

Weekday Schedule

Depart SeattleArrive Bainbridge Island
5:306:05
6:106:45
7:057:40
7:558:30
8:459:20
9:3510:10
10:4011:15
11:2512:00
12:251:00
1:101:45
2:052:40
3:003:35
3:504:25
4:455:20
5:456:20
6:307:05
7:308:05
8:158:50
9:209:55
10:0510:40
10:5011:25
12:1512:50
1:352:10
* Bold - PM

Weekend and Holiday Schedule

Depart SeattleArrive Bainbridge Island
5:205:55
7:057:40
7:558:30
8:459:20
9:4510:20
10:2511:00
11:3512:10
12:2012:55
1:201:55
2:102:45
3:003:35
3:554:30
4:405:15
5:356:10
6:307:05
7:157:50
8:108:45
8:559:30
9:4510:20
10:3010:55
12:0012:35
1:252:00
* Bold - PM

Bainbridge Ferry Overview

Bainbridge Island, Washington, located in Kitsap County and just a 12-mile bus, taxi, or car ride away from Poulsbo, is an island and city connected to Seattle by ferry route.

Tickets are available for purchase for passengers traveling with or without a vehicle. They range in price from FREE to $20.90 depending on the size of the vehicle you’d like to drive onboard.

The ferry is, also, accessible via public transportation operated by Kitsap Transit.

Getting To The Bainbridge Ferry

By Car

Northbound on Highway 3

  1. Take the “Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island” exit
  2. Turn right off the exit ramp
  3. Follow the road for 13 miles
  4. Arrive at the ferry dock

Southbound from the Hood Canal Bridge

  1.  Make a right turn coming off the bridge
  2. Drive approximately 6 miles to the “Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island” exit
  3. Take the exit
  4. Follow the road for 13 miles
  5. Arrive at the ferry dock

Southbound from the Kingston area

  1. Follow the road from Kingston for about 5 miles until you arrive at a stoplight
  2. Valley Nursery and a Kitsap Transit bus parking lot will be off to the left
  3. Turn left
  4. Follow the road for 12.5 miles
  5. Arrive at the ferry dock

By Public Transportation

The Bainbridge Island ferry terminal is served by the 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 106, 333, 338 and 390 bus routes operated by Kitsap Transit.

From the SeaTac Airport

You can take the Seattle light rail train if you would like to travel to Bainbridge Island from the SeaTac airport without a car.

  1. From the baggage claim area, you’ll want to follow signs directing travelers to the light rail/LINK station. After a short, 5 minute walk through a parking garage, you’ll arrive at the station.
  2. Purchase either a single ticket to ride the LINK light rail train or purchase an ORCA card if you foresee traveling around Seattle by public transit.
  3. Board the first train you see. All trains travel northbound, so it does not matter which train you choose. They depart about every 10 to 20 minutes and all of them will take you into downtown Seattle where you can transfer to the ferry.
  4. Get off at Pioneer Square Station, which is about a 30-minute ride from SeaTac airport. You will arrive in an underground station.
  5. Take the escalator up to street level and exit onto Third Avenue.
  6. Take Third Avenue to Columbia Street.
  7. Walk down Columbia Street to the waterfront where you’ll arrive at the terminal for the Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry.
  8. Follow signs directing pedestrians where, and how, to board the ferry.

Taking Vehicles On The Bainbridge Ferry

Cars, trucks, and motorcycles are allowed on the ferry and spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Vehicles must be under 22 feet in length and fares vary depending on the length of your vehicle.

If you are planning to cross with your car or truck, it is recommended to arrive at the tollbooth at least 20 minutes prior to departure. There you will either show your ticket or buy a ticket if you don’t already have one. This is, also, where the length of your vehicle will be confirmed by an employee.

An employee will assist in boarding and guiding you to your spot where you can park your vehicle.

Once parked on board, you may stay with your vehicle or get out and walk around. If you decide to leave your vehicle and walk around, WSDOT recommends you turn off your car alarm, engage the emergency brake, listen to all instructions over the loudspeaker, and return to your vehicle when asked.

Motorcycles are not required to board first, but, if you arrive early, employees tend to prefer boarding motorcycles prior to cars or trucks because it is more efficient. If you arrive late, however, you will have to wait until all other vehicles are loaded before you can board.

Finally, if you would like to cross with a commercial or oversized vehicle, you will need to call 888-808-7977 for pre-approval. You can not just drive up, purchase a ticket, and load with a commercial or oversized vehicle.

Bainbridge Island Ferry FAQs

How long is the ferry ride from Bainbridge to Seattle?

The ferry ride from Bainbridge Island to Seattle is approximately 35 minutes long.

How long is the ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge?

The ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island is approximately 35 minutes long.

Do you need reservations for Bainbridge ferry?

No. The ferries operating out of Bainbridge Island are loaded on a first-come, first-served basis.

How early should I arrive for Bainbridge ferry?

You should arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to the ferry’s departure time. During the most popular departure times, you should arrive one hour prior to departure.

Can you take a car on the Bainbridge ferry?

Yes. You can take a car on the Bainbridge ferry with a proper ticket.

Can you stay in the car on a ferry?

Yes. You are permitted to stay in your car once aboard or you may leave your vehicle after safely parking it on the ferry.

Do you need a car on Bainbridge Island?

No. You do not need a car on Bainbridge Island. Many shops and restaurants are located within a 15-minute walk from the ferry terminal.

What time does the Bainbridge ferry run?

The Bainbridge ferry runs from 12:55 AM to 11:30 PM on weekdays and 12:00 AM to 10:30 PM on weekends.

How late does Bainbridge ferry run?

The Bainbridge ferry’s last run is 11:30 PM on weekdays and 10:30 PM on weekends.

Do you pay both ways for Bainbridge ferry?

No. You pay one direction from Seattle to Bainbridge. The ferry ride from Bainbridge to Seattle is free, if you do not have a vehicle.

Is the galley open on Washington State Ferries?

Yes. Since April 13, 2022, the galley has reopened on select routes including the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry trip.