Fast foot ferry service from Kingston begins this month

Kingston to Seattle in 39 minutes

Service on Kitsap Transit's second fast ferry route will begin between Kingston and Seattle on November 26. 

The foot ferry will make the crossing in 39 minutes and offer six roundtrips every week day, three in the morning and three in the evening. Saturday and evening service is planned for May through September. 

Kitsap Transit will launch new bus service to the Kingston terminal in tandem with the new ferry service. Two new routes are coming on board. One originates at North Viking Transit Center and the other at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino. Both will stop at park and ride lots en route to the ferry terminal. In addition, Kitsap Transit will launch a new flexible location shuttle that must be arranged 24 hours in advance. 

The Finest will not take reservations and can hold up to 350 passengers. However, Kitsap Transit will begin by staffing it for 250 passengers and add crew if the demand is higher. 

After a free introduction period, the fare will be $2 eastbound and $10 westbound. Riders can tap their Orca card, buy tickets at the dock or use exact cash to pay.

In 2016, Kitsap County voters approved a sales-tax increase of 3/10 of 1 percent to support passenger-only ferry service on three routes to downtown Seattle (Bremerton, Kingston and Southworth).

Service to Bremerton began in July 2017. Service to Southworth is scheduled to begin in 2020.