About Vashon

Vashon Island is just a short ride from most of the Puget Sound area. It’s like another world just across the water. Vashon Town is located just five miles south of the north end ferry terminal, which services Fauntleroy (West Seattle) and Southworth (Port Orchard) travelers. The south end ferry dock is a lovely 10-mile drive to town arriving from Pt. Defiance (Tacoma). There are four blinking lights on the Island, and most directions start with “after the second blinking light from your ferry dock, turn…”

How to get here

If you are coming from Seattle

DRIVING YOUR OWN CAR
Ferry service to Vashon is provided seven days a week by the Washington State Ferries.. Follow this link to the Summer Schedule. The route is Fauntleroy/Vashon. https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/pdf/WashingtonStateFerries-Schedule-2019Summer.pdf

Please keep in mind the following:
Friday, July 12
: Commuter traffic begins mid-afternoon. Consider meeting the 2:45 or 3:05 boat and enjoying a drink and diner on Vashon. Plan on taking the 9:55 ferry back to Seattle.

Saturday, July 13: Vashon is a big wedding destination, and there are many planned for this day. Traffic getting onto the island starting later in the morning to mid-afternoon will be difficult (plan on waiting at least an hour to get on a boat). Consider coming in the morning and spending the day on Vashon, or coming late in the afternoon.

Sunday, July 14: Consider coming early for brunch on the island and then heading to the matinee. Traffic will less difficult than Saturday.

WALKING-ON / VCA SHUTTLE
As an alternative to driving, why not take a bus or ride-share (uber or lyft) to Fauntleroy Terminal and leave the driving to someone else from there? Simply buy a walk-on ticket at the booth and take advantage of our shuttle service on the other side.

The following are Fauntleroy departure times that coincide with our shuttle being available when the ferry docks at Vashon:

Friday, July 12 – PROGRAM ONE performs at 7:00PM

FRIDAY Guests: For Fauntleroy ferries departing at 4:35PM, 5:10PM and 5:40PM – a First Student School Bus will be waiting on the Vashon dock for arrivals at 5PM, 5:35PM and 6:05PM to transport guests directly to Vashon Center for the Arts.

Guests will have the option of returning to the Vashon dock for the ferry to Fauntleroy, departing VCA parking lot at 8:45PM and 9:20PM

Saturday, July 13 – PROGRAM ONE performs at 7:00PM

For guests arriving early on Vashon, a First Student School Bus will be available to transport riders to Vashon town center. The bus will be waiting on the Vashon dock at 4:30PM, 5:00PM and 5:30PM to transport guests arriving from Fauntleroy. (Fauntleroy ferry departure times are: 4:05PM, 4:30PM and 4:55PM respectively)

The bus will return to Vashon town center to transport guests to Vashon Center for the Arts at: 6PM and 6:30PM

For performance-only guests, the bus will be waiting at the Vashon dock 6PM and 6:30PM to transport directly to Vashon Center for the Arts. (Fauntleroy ferry departure times that coincide with shuttle transport are: 5:25PM and 6:05PM)

Guests will have the option of returning to the Vashon dock for the ferry to Fauntleroy, departing VCA parking lot at approximately 9:00PM for the 9:55PM ferry returning to Fauntleroy.

You can arrange a taxi or ride share to pick you up at Fauntleroy (approximate crossing time: 20 minutes).

SHUTTLE SERVICE FEE: $10 roundtrip

Guests planning on utilizing the shuttle service will be asked to pay $10 when boarding the bus.

If you are coming from Tacoma

Ferry service to Vashon is provided seven days a week by the Washington State Ferries.. Follow this link to the Summer Schedule. The route is Pt. Defiance (Tacoma side) / Tahlequah (Vashon side). https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/pdf/WashingtonStateFerries-Schedule-2019Summer.pdf

Please keep in mind the following:
Friday, July 12. Commuter traffic begins mid-afternoon. Consider meeting the 2:40 or 3:40 boat and enjoying a drink and diner on Vashon. Plan on taking the 9:00 or 10:00 ferry back to Tacoma.

Saturday, July 13. Vashon is a big wedding destination, and there are many planned for this day. Traffic getting onto the island starting later in the morning to mid-afternoon will be difficult (plan on waiting at least an hour to get on a boat). Consider coming in the morning and spending the day on Vashon (see link for things to do), or coming late in the afternoon.

Sunday, July 14. Consider coming early for brunch on the island and then heading to the matinee. Traffic will less difficult than Saturday.

Websites, Blogs and More About Vashon

Vashon Chamber of Commerce: The Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce cultivates a vital environment for commerce which helps Vashon businesses and organizations prosper, while enriching the unique quality of life for every Islander.

  • Vashonevents.org: The most up to date calendar of events taking place on Vashon. Sign up for their newsletter to learn about the newest events on Vashon.
  • Vashon Island Wikipedia Page:
  • The Vashon Map: Really cool interactive map of Vashon.
  • Vashon-Maury Time Line: The History of Vashon, done in timeline format.
  • Old Man Vashon: Facebook Page about Vashon.
  • It Happened on Vashon: Vashon copy gal finds her way out of the thorns…into the roses. The views and anecdotes expressed are based on firsthand experience and may gross you out (or make you laugh).
  • Tall Clover Farm: A wonderful blog about life on a Vashon farm by a bulldog-loving, pie-eating, fruit tree-growing Islander named Tom.

Biking to and Around the Island

Bikers are welcome on Vashon! Bikers are loaded with walk-on passengers prior to car loading on all Washington State Ferries. Metro buses on Vashon are all equipped with bike racks. Many businesses in town and around the Island offer bike racks or spaces for bike parking at their facilities. While Vashon has few bike lanes, many roads offer wide and comfortable shoulders. Please note many waterfront roads are unable to offer this accommodation. Bike safely and enjoy!