Cross posted from the Water Taxi’s Captain’s Blog

The start of a summer of activities in downtown Seattle are just around the corner, and the King County Water Taxi is ready to help you get to all of them!

The summer sailing schedule for the West Seattle Water Taxi begins April 17 and will run through Oct. 13.  As we close out the current sailing schedule and prepare for summer, Water Taxi staff will temporarily suspend service over the weekend of April 15-16 to conduct training and maintenance.

Daytime sailings for the West Seattle Water Taxi start at around 6 a.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on the weekends. The midday service remains in place, but our summer schedule includes the return of late-night sailings through 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. There are no late-night sailings Sundays through Thursdays, including after night events at Lumen Field or T-Mobile Park.

Treat yourself! Take the opportunity to enjoy a 15-minute ride across Elliott Bay while enjoying panoramic views of the Seattle city skyline, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains. Walk along Alki Beach or the downtown waterfront. And you’ll avoid the traffic of the West Seattle Bridge or paying to park downtown.

This will be one of the busiest summers in memory, with events that include the Major League All-Star game and George Strait, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and the Queen Bee (Beyoncé) in concert. The Water Taxi will be a great way to get to the events.

If you’re a regular rider or coming onboard for the first time, be sure to bring your electric or “fat tire” bike and your cat or dog along for the trip!

Leave your car at home and take transit to the Water Taxi. In West Seattle, riders can take the free Metro water taxi shuttles to and from the dock at Seacrest Park. Route 773 serves the West Seattle junction. Route 775  serves the Admiral District and Alki.

How much does it cost to travel by Water Taxi? Adult fare is $5.75 one way ($5 with an ORCA card). Don’t have an ORCA Card yet, download the TransitGoTicket App on your mobile device for express boarding. This is the first summer where young people can ride the Water Taxi, and most regional transit, for free! Customers with lower incomes, seniors, and people with disabilities can now apply for an ORCA Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) card using the new Reduced Fare Portal.

Grab your shades and get ready for a Water Taxi summer. We can’t wait to see you on board!