How to get to Port Townsend

General Info

Port Townsend lies in the NE corner of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

  • Due to summer construction on US I5 and limited service on Washington State Ferries, let us help you choose the most efficient route and service.
  • Reservations are not possible on either the Seattle-Bainbridge nor the Kingston-Edmonds routes which cross Puget Sound from the Seattle area. And both routes are using smaller ferries than usual. As of June 28, the Kingston-Edmonds ferry will accommodate only 14 cars. Of the 18 ferries in the system, 15 in service and 3 are being repaired. Staffing problems include attrition with the pandemic and insufficient time to train and licensing crew. The engine rooms are short 37 people!
  • While reservations are possible on the Coupeville-Port Townsend route, they will be hard to get. This summer a single ferry is serving this route, rather than the usual two.
  • Do you really need to put your car on a boat? If you’ve got a boat on you car, fine, or are pulling a camper, fine. Otherwise consider walking on the ferry and using public transportation. Port Townsend is compact. Walking in town or on the beach is pleasant and affords sweeping views. Traffic is heavy in the summer and parking can be difficult.

From Seattle International (SeaTac) by airport bus, shuttle or transit (light rail-ferry-bus)

The Seattle airport, Amtrak station are all served by transit, scheduled buses, shuttles, and taxis.

  • Between Seattle and Port Townsend on Transit, Scooter and Bike. This blog post provides an overview and links are updated with the information below.
  • The Dungeness Line. The Dungeness Line provides direct links from SeaTac airport, the Seattle Bus Station, and Amtrak’s King Station. Unfortunately this COVID-19-related Service Alert shows a service cut. The usual schedule of two trips in each direction seven days a week is currently accurate only for Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Operated by Greyhound, the Dungeness Line brings you to the edge of Port Townsend. You disembark at the Four Corners Transit Station and call Peninsula Taxi at (360) 385-1822 or (360) 385-1872. If before 8pm on a weekday, you can probably take a free Jefferson Transit bus into Port Townsend.
  • Rocket Transportation This is a typical door-to-door airport shuttle. However, there are a lot of doors, possibly also those of the Seattle bus and train stations. Routes are posted daily and you can stay in touch with your driver by pone. Rocket also offers private shuttle service in vans that take from 6 to 13 passengers.
  • Clallam Transit’s 123 Straight Shot This route connects the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal opposite Seattle with the City of Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. Get off at Discovery Bay and call Peninsula Taxi at (360) 385-1822 or take Jefferson Transit bus #8 from Sequim if one is available.
  • Jefferson Transit Schedules. No fare but also no service on Sunday and service at night.

To Port Townsend by car

In planning your route, consider I5 construction between Seattle and Tacoma and the fact that ferries from Seattle are costly and don’t take reservations.

  • If coming from SeaTac International Airport ,take the Tacoma Narrows to cross Puget Sound and the Route 104 Floating Bridge to cross Hood Canal
  • If driving north from Oregon or California on US I5, turn onto US 101 at Olympia. This route up the west coast of Hood Canal along the Olympic National Park and Forest is beautiful. Driving time from Portland is about 4 hours. Be aware that small towns earn revenue with speeding tickets.
  • If you are coming via the Seattle – Tacoma area consider using the the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to avoid long waits for the Seattle-Bainbrdge or Kingston-Edmonds ferries.
  • If you’re driving south via Vancouver BC, Bellingham WA and Anacortes WA, you can make a reservation on the Coupeville – Port Townsend ferry here. Consider leaving your car parked in the free lot not far from the ferry.
  • If you’re coming from Canada, the border remains closed to those not carrying US passports. And there’s no Coho Ferry service from the Olympic Peninsula to lovely Victoria on Vancouver Island just across the water. It’s so sad to be separated from our nearest large city

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