New Ferry Reservation System


You can now reserve your spot for sailings on the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. We here at Argyle House strongly recommend you use the new system to ensure your timely arrival on San Juan Island.

To find out more about the new reservation system, click here to go to the Ferry System's "Save a Spot" information page. If you are ready to make your reservation, click here to make a reservation.

When reserving, think "3-3-3" and "2-2-2". One third of the spaces on each boat can be reserved up to two months prior to sailing. The second third of the spaces can be reserved two weeks before sailing, and the final third of the spaces can be reserved two days before sailing. Five percent of the spaces will be saved for first-come, first-served travelers on the day of sailing.

With the new system, your wait times before sailing should be greatly reduced. For our guests arriving in the summertime, we've often recommended getting to the Anacortes ferry landing at least 90 minutes to 2 hours before your preferred sailing time, and even then some guests failed to get on the ferry. With the new system, the Washington State Ferry is recommending you arrive only 30 (in the "off season" of winter/early spring) to 90 minutes (during the peak summer season) before your reserved sailing time.

Some things you need to know about the new system:

  • Reservations are for vehicles and motorcycles only. If you are "walk-on" or with a bicycle, no reservations are necessary.
  • Reservations are only for Anacortes to one of the islands. There are no reservations for inter-island traffic (that is, from Orcas Island to San Juan Island).
  • Reservations are not required, but highly recommended, especially during busy travel times.
  • A reservation is not a ticket for travel. You still need to purchase your ticket at the ferry landing.
  • There is no fee for your reservation. However, you do need a valid debit or credit card to secure a reservation.
  • You do not have to create an account to make a reservation. You can do so as a "guest". However, if you do visit the San Juan Islands on a regular basis, you might want to consider setting up an account to make the process easier for you.
  • You can cancel your reservation without penalty up to 5:00 pm the day prior to your reservation. If you cancel after that, or fail to travel on the day of your reservation, you will be charged a no-show fee of 50% of the total car/driver fare. To cancel, you can do so on-line, or by calling 888-808-7977.

Here is the Winter sailing schedule. Please note that there are two schedules: one for weekdays and the other for weekend sailing.

If you need help with the new reservation system, please don't hesitate to call us at 360-378-4084.





Argyle House Bed & Breakfast
Address: 685 Argyle Ave.
Mailing address: PO Box 2685
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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