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WSDOT Ferries

ferry in the distance

The Point Defiance Waterfront hosts the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Point Defiance Ferry to Tahlequah on Vashon Island.  

Whether you are looking for a short relaxing half day getaway, a weekend escape or a great vacation, Washington State Ferries is the ideal way to go. WSDOT serves some of Washington's most picturesque and historic destinations.

Peak commuting hours are between 3 pm and 7 pm with 20-30 minute advance arrival suggested for vehicle traffic. For non-peak departures, a 20 minute advance arrival is suggested. Walk-on passengers should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Point Defiance Ferry Terminal:
5810 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA
More info: wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

Directions to ferry terminal:
From I-5: Take exit 132 (Hwy 16). Proceed west on Hwy 16 approximately 3 miles and exit on the 6th Avenue exit (signed Vashon ferry). Turn left onto 6th Avenue at the stop light. Turn right at the next stop light onto Hwy 163 (Pearl Street). Proceed north, approximately 3.5 miles, to the stop sign at the entrance to Pt. Defiance Park. Stay in the right lane and bear to the right. Do not enter the park. Auto toll plaza one block on right.  Ferry terminal located at end of street. Parking to the left of terminal.