Ferry Travel in the Time of Coronavirus?


I had planned to, finally, write –and finish — my “Curmudgeon’s Guide to the Washington State Ferry System” post this Spring or Summer. We are ferry folk — my husband takes the ferry every day to and from work. I had found a couple of funny letters of complaint and responses in our joint email and was going to use those to start an informative and, hopefully, funny post about navigating our ferry system.

But, though I’m trying to maintain a sense of humor throughout this crisis, the current situation is very serious and it’s a good question how you can maintain social distancing while using public transportation. As far as public transportation goes, it’s easier to maintain distance on our ferries than on buses or subways. While it’s better to work from home if you can, not everyone has that option.

According to my spouse, when he has been on the ferry, it’s at very low capacity. A week or so ago, he estimated the ferries were at about 50% their usual volume of passengers. Now it’s less — enough space to keep a 6′ distance between yourself and another passenger. Gallies are closed.

As far as paying — regular commuters don’t need to exchange anything if you buy a ferry pass or Orca card. If you do need to pay at the booth, make sure you have hand sanitizer or you can utilize gloves. At this time, I’d stay in my car if I was commuting by car — but if you need to wash your hands, there are facilities upstairs to do so.

- Advertisement -

To keep up to date on the ferry system’s travel alerts, you can visit their alerts page.

How useful, enjoyable, or helpful was this post?

Click to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

- Advertisement -

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

- Advertisement -
Cheryl writes Pacific Northwest and Beyond and several other blogs. Right now, she's undergoing home renovations and renovating her blogs as well. She's also the proud new owner of an e-bike. Her skinny wheel days may be over but she's seriously into rockin' those grocery shopping trips these days on her funky looking bike with her sporty mask! However, she's also planning on getting on the trail again and resuming writing posts on this blog about the PNW! She's also wrapping her head around finally writing that series about the North Coast 500 route she's been putting off. Life's been different this year of COVID-19, but I'm finally not letting it derail all plans!

Related Articles


Three Washington State Spots to Soothe Your Hobbit Soul

Pining for the Shire? Here are a few places to visit to quell your hobbity cravings in Washington State without visiting Middle Earth (or at least New Zealand).

In the Trees: Your PNW Treehouse Bucket List

We visited the Nelson Treehouse Company’s B&B Treehouse point, along with a couple of other in-the-tree locations (the Forest House, Free Spirit Spheres, and -- at least in spirit -- the treehouse at Doe Bay) in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a lowdown on getting high (up in the trees at least) along with a listing of other treehouses in the PNW you can rent.

The Art Cars of the Seattle Fremont Fair

Every year strange creations on wheels show up at the Fremont Fair in June. Here are favorite Seattle art cars from the 2018 event.

A Damn Fine Piece of Pie: Where to Eat...

This post was written before the COVID-19 outbreak, but I decided to let it run for Pi day as scheduled. In Seattle, we're eating our Pie on Pi Day at home in Seattle -- but when things pick back up these are some great places to go. Put them on your calendar for PIE day, which is January 23. Whether it's Pi Day (in March) or Pie Day (in January) you're likely to see a lot of posts about pie. But any day is a good day for Pie. So we're weighing in on our favorite go-to pie spots in Seattle and western Washington State.

Visiting the Gion Kyoto Starbucks

I'm from Seattle, where there seems to be a Starbucks on every corner. So when travel, I tend keep away. But I'm glad I ended up going into the Gion Starbucks in Kyoto -- it's a different world than your average Starbucks.

A Visit to Underground Hygge: The Hobbit House by...

In Orondo, Washington, near the Columbia River Gorge, there exists a charming hobbit house built into the hillside. We finally got to stay there for a few nights! Here's a review with a brief video, and some things to know before you go there.

Popular Categories

Top Rated Posts


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x