New schedule begins Thursday, March 29

With Seattle's famed Space Needle in the background, the MV Doc Maynard glides across Elliott Bay toward West Seattle.

King County photo by Ned Ahrens

Just in time for spring sports, blue skies and sunny days – it’s the King County Water Taxi’s 2018 spring/summer sailing schedule!

The new schedule begins Thursday, March 29, which means sailings will go to seven days a week from Pier 52 downtown to West Seattle.  Sports fans can enjoy congestion-free travel to both the Mariners’ home openeer at Safeco Field on March 29 and the Sounders’ match at CenturyLink Field on March 31.  The Water Taxi will offer evening sailings throughout the spring/summer schedule ever Friday, Saturday and during Seattle Mariners, Sounders and Seahawks night home games.

For an adult fare of $5.75 one way ($5.00 with an ORCA card), passengers can enjoy a 15-minute ride across Elliott Bay while enjoying panoramic views of the burgeoning city skyline, Mount Rainier and Olympic Mountains.

Riders also avoid traffic and paying to park downtown. On weekdays, there will be added sailings on the West Seattle route as part of the schedule change, with a boat leaving every 30 minutes during peak commute hours and every hour during off-peak times.

The cover of the King County Water Taxi West Seattle/Downtown Seattle sailing schedule from March 29 to Oct. 28.

The Water Taxi is accessible by transit. In West Seattle, riders can take free Metro shuttles to and from the Water Taxi landing at Seacrest Park. Route 773 serves the West Seattle junction. Route 775 serves the Admiral District and Alki. Both of these routes offer plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Sailings for the Vashon Island route remain unchanged throughout the year. To view the schedule, visit

2 thoughts on “New schedule begins Thursday, March 29

  1. Why doesn’t the Vashon route have weekend trips during the summer? I believe it would be well utilized.

  2. Hello Pam King,

    Thank you for your comment and riding the King County Water Taxi. Per your question, currently, no extended or weekend service is planned or budgeted for the Vashon Island route. This route is operated by one crew on a split shift, which has helped keep costs down so we can provide the service. If there is public demand to add more service, it could be considered.

    We hope this answers your question. Please let us know if we can help any further. Thank you.

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