Seattle – Bremerton Ferry

Updated: November 1, 2017

Seattle to Bremerton Ferry Schedule – Weekday Schedule

The Seattle to Bremerton route runs regularly on a varying 60-90 minute cadence from Monday through Friday. The first ferry departs the terminal at Coleman Dock/Pier 52 at 6:00 a.m., and the last ferry leaves at 12:50 a.m., technically the next day. There is a 2 hour, 20 minute break between the last ferry and the one before, which leaves at 10:30 p.m. Crossing time is 60 minutes.

Bremerton to Seattle Ferry Schedule – Weekday Schedule

Ferries departing from Bremerton begin earlier than those on the Seattle side to accommodate people who live on the peninsula and work in the city. The first ferries leave at 4:50, 6:20, and 7:20 a.m. From the 7:20 a.m. ferry onward, they run regularly on a varying 60-90 minute cadence throughout the rest of the day. The last two ferries at night are spread further apart, at 9:05 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. Crossing time is 60 minutes.

Seattle to Bremerton Ferry Schedule – Weekend/Holiday Schedule

On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the ferry runs on the same times as on weekdays, with the first trip to Bremerton leaving at 6:00 a.m. and the final trip departing at 12:50 a.m. the following day. As is the case during the week, ferries run regularly every 60-90 minutes, with a crossing time of 60 minutes.

• Always double check the official website for holiday schedules, as they are subject to change.

Bremerton to Seattle Ferry Schedule – Weekend/Holiday Schedule

On Saturdays, the ferry follows the weekday schedule, with departures beginning at 4:50 a.m. and ending with the 11:40 p.m. trip. On Sundays and holidays, however, there is no 4:50 a.m. departure, which means the first departure is not until 6:20 a.m. Crossing time is 60 minutes.

• Always double check the official website for holiday schedules, as they are subject to change.

Cost

The ferry from Seattle to Bremerton costs $8.35 for adults. Fares for seniors (over 65) and children (6-18 years) are a little less than half price, only $4.15. Children 5 and under ride free.

Rates are for one-way tickets. The return trip from Bremerton back to Seattle is free of charge.

Tickets may be purchased at the terminal on the day of travel using cash or card. Senior, disabled, and child tickets are not available at the self-serve kiosk; they must be purchased at the ticket window. Reservations cannot be made in advance, but it is rare that a ferry will fill up completely for walk on passengers. On busy days it may fill up with cars, though, so plan on arriving at least 20 minutes early if traveling with a vehicle. Boarding for walk-on passengers ends 5 minutes before the ferry’s scheduled departure time.
Though reservations cannot be made ahead of time, single or multi-ride tickets for adults may be purchased online in advance with a credit or debit card and received via email. They are valid for 90 days after purchase. Tickets for seniors and children are not available online.

Adult: $8.35
Child (6-18): $4.15
Child (0-5): Free
Seniors (65+): $4.15

Buying Tickets in Advance

Tickets may be purchased online in advance of travel. This is not necessary, but it does save time by avoiding the ticketing line at the terminal, which can be long; especially on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons in July and August. Though tickets may be bought in advance, reservations may not be made. The ferry operates on a first come, first served basis.

Wait Times/Delays

Ferries are almost never sold out for walk on passengers, including those bringing bicycles. But for those driving onto the ferry, there is occasionally some congestion – especially during the summer months. The busiest times for drivers headed from Seattle to Bremerton are Mondays through Fridays on the 3:00 p.m./4:20 p.m./5:35 p.m. departures, with Friday typically seeing additional congestion on the 1:30 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. trips. Midday Sunday often involves some backups as well. Sporting events in the area around the Stadium district, a short walk from the ferry terminal, may also cause congestion near the walk-on passenger loading area.

From Bremerton to Seattle, the most congested times are on Sundays pretty much all day, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:40 p.m. Leave early in the morning to avoid heavy car traffic. Saturdays can be congested in the afternoons, and weekday mornings from 4:50 a.m. -8:45 a.m. are also busier than average.

Despite these busier times, significant delays are rare. The Seattle-Bremerton route typically leaves on time or within two minutes past scheduled departure. It is very rare for the ferry to leave more than ten minutes late.

With Vehicle

The Seattle-Bremerton ferry does not take reservations for drivers. Anyone planning on ferrying over with their vehicle should arrive at least 20 minutes before the ferry’s scheduled departure time – an hour or more in advance during commonly congested times in the summer. Usually cars are loaded in the order of arrival, though sometimes vehicles may be shuffled to accommodate oversized trucks. Vehicle boarding ends two minutes before the ferry’s scheduled departure time.

The rate for compact cars (up to 14 feet) is $11.80, inclusive of the driver’s fare. For standard sized cars, SUVs, and mid-sized trucks (up to 22 feet), the rate is $15. Disabled and senior driver rates for the same vehicles as above are $12.25 and $16.15, respectively.
Motorcycle and scooter rates, inclusive of driver, are $6.45 for adults and $4.35 for senior and disabled drivers.

If traveling with bikes racked on the car, there is no extra charge, as long as the total length does not exceed the 14 foot or 22 foot size limits.

Traveling With Kids

The ferry is always an exciting ride for kids, and the hour-long Bremerton route offers plenty of time to explore the ship and enjoy the scenery. The area around the Bremerton ferry dock has seen significant upgrading over the last several years, with an elevated boardwalk right off the ferry and various dining options. Rates for children ages 6-18 are only $4.15 from Seattle to Bremerton; the return trip is free of charge. Kids 5 years and under ride free both ways.

There is no official minimum age for kids to travel without parents; however, there is no staff member to accompany minors on board. With that in mind, a day trip to Bremerton, while a bit grittier than the idyllic island environment offered by the Bainbridge Island route, can still be a fun and safe trip for teens and younger siblings looking for a weekend activity out of the city.

Taking a Bike On Board

Biking is a good way to explore Bremerton, which is mostly flat, and the peninsula in general offers extended opportunities for longer rides. There are currently no bike rental shops near the ferry dock, so you will want to bring one over on the ferry. Bringing a bike costs only $1 for one-way or $2 for a round trip.

Cyclists board first and disembark first. Arrive twenty minutes early to board the ferry ahead of cars; late bike arrivals will have to wait to board until after all other vehicles have been loaded. Cyclists will enter through the marked bicycle entrance through the tollbooth on the far right, then ride to the designated waiting area ahead of the cars. After riding onboard, you’ll park at the bow end of the car deck and lock up. Arrival will be announced by loudspeaker, and cyclists will head back down to retrieve their bikes and ride off into downtown Bremerton.

Food On Board Ferry (or at the ferry terminal)

There is a variety of restaurants and cafes inside the Seattle ferry terminal, from quick grab-and-go snack shacks to a chill wine bar and a casual coffee shop. Fast food options include Subway, Taco del Mar, Wasabi Express, and the Waterfront Creamery. Puget Sound Provisions offers beer, wine, soda, and snacks to go, plus things you might’ve forgotten to pack, like sunscreen or sunglasses.

Once on board, travelers will find a small cafeteria-style restaurant, serving Ivar’s chowders and soups, bakery sweets and ice cream, pre-made salads and snacks. Beer, wine, and cider area also served but must be consumed before disembarking. There is also a small espresso bar serving hot, fresh coffee and tea. Several vending machines here offer snacks, soda, and coffee. All of the food options are located midship in the main passenger lounge area.

Location of Bremerton Ferry Terminal

The Seattle-Bainbridge ferry terminal (also called Colman Dock, or Pier 52) is located at 801 Alaskan Way on the northwest corner of Pioneer Square at the south end of the Waterfront. From the terminal, 10 minutes’ walk north will get you to the Seattle Great Wheel and Wings Over Washington; another 5 minutes will get you to the Seattle Aquarium. The Smith Tower is directly east of the ferry, just 5 minutes on foot via Yesler Way. To the southeast of the terminal, just 10 minutes’ walk away, you’ll find the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, with trendy restaurants, bars, and attractions like the Klondike Gold Rush Museum and the Underground Tour. Just 5 more minutes walking in the same direction leads to Chinatown/International District, with several unique shops and museums, great food, and the historic Panama Hotel.

Getting to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal

The ferry terminal is just a 5 minute walk from Pioneer Square and a 15 minute walk from Pike Place Market and Downtown. To get there by bus, take the 101, 150, 255, or the Link Light Rail from Westlake Station tunnel and get off at Pioneer Square Station. From there, walk west on Yesler Way for 8 minutes to arrive at the ferry terminal at Pier 52/Colman Dock. Another option is to take a surface bus via route 3, 7, 14, 40, 62, or 70 from 3rd Avenue & Pine Street. Get off at Marion Street and walk 6 minutes southwest, taking the elevated pedestrian bridge to the ferry terminal. Any of these buses will get you there in 13-18 minutes and costs $2.50.

Parking at Terminal

The closest parking to the ferry terminal is the Commuter Centre lot (811 Western Ave) with rates of $5.00 per hour. This is a good option for half day trips. A great option is just two blocks away at the ABM First and Columbia Garage (721 1st Ave). This spot offers parking at a better rate, only $3.00 per hour, but they have a four hour limit. After four hours, cars are charged $25.00, whether parked for 4 or 24 hours. A third option at Waterfront Place (1101 Western Ave) offers great rates for longer trips, at $18.00 for 6 hours, $21.00 for 10 hours, or $24.00 for 24 hours. For short trips, their rates are high at $6.00 for one hour. Only park here for full day trips to Bremerton.

If you don’t mind a little further walk, there are several garages offering lower rates in the Pioneer Square and Waterfront neighborhoods. Try the Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square (612 2nd Ave) or the LAZ- Butler Garage (160 James Street), both offering full day rates for $20.00. These two lots, as well as the aforementioned ABM First and Columbia Garage, take reservations; book ahead online.

Street parking is available near the terminal, but there is a time limit of 2 hours. Though parking is free on Sundays, the time limit is still enforced. Seattle Parking Enforcement does not mess around and will ticket cars parked over the time limit! Street parking is not recommended when taking the Bremerton ferry.

Taking the Ferry to Bremerton

View of the Seattle Waterfront from the Pier 52 Ferry Terminal, facing north. The ferry terminal is within walking distance of the Great Wheel, waterfront restaurants, and the Seattle Aquarium.

The entrance for the terminal, located above street level on the pier.

The Ferry Information desk is in the middle of the food court area. If you have any questions, ask here. But this is not the spot for buying tickets.

All ticket types can be bought at the ticket windows. Self-serve kiosks are located in front of the ticket windows and to the right, under the sign marked ATM (the actual ATM machine is on the other side of the pole.) The waiting area for the Bainbridge Ferry is to the right, extending behind the ticket windows.

Self-serve ticket kiosks offer many (but not all) ticket options.

Youth, disabled, and senior citizen tickets can only be purchased at the ticket windows, because they need to verify that the buyer fits the criteria for special rates.

Walk on passengers line up to enter the Bremerton ferry on the left side of the terminal (you will be directed there at the ticketing gate, and there is also abundant signage to assist). This picture was taken after a Seahawks game; usually crowds are much smaller than indicated here.

Drivers are directed to the loading dock pictured here, to queue for the next ferry. There are overflow areas for when ferry traffic backs up. The large ferries that serve the Seattle-Bremerton routs can hold over 200 vehicles.

Walk on passengers slide their tickets through a scanner on the top right-hand side of the turnstiles to gain entry.

The ferry deck offers terrific views of the Seattle skyline viewed from the west.

Passengers on the ferry have free reign on most of the ship, including outside. The views are often incredible, but be aware that it can get very windy and cold, so be sure to carry extra layers even on sunny days.

You can walk right up to the front of the boat where the cars depart upon arrival.

Layouts on the ferries are different depending on which boat you are on (there are two different ferries serving the Bremerton-Seattle route).

The approach of Bremerton, with the southern edge of the Olympic mountains in the background.

Pulling into the Bremerton dock.

Another view of the ferry pulling into the Bremerton dock. Cars disembark here, while walk-on passengers exit via an elevated walkway to the starboard (right) side of the ship.

A view of the elevated walkway passengers use to leave the ferry in Bremerton, with waterfront shops and restaurants in the background. The walkway takes you right to the waterfront in only a few hundred steps.

The walkway for carless passengers onto the ferry heading back to Seattle.

Arriving back in Seattle allows you to enjoy the city from an entirely different perspective.

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