A dozen or more fishing boats are in Deception Pass. The view is from on top of the bridge looking west.

Directions and Transportation Options
from Sea-Tac Airport to
Whidbey and Camano Islands

Many of these Coupeville buildings pre-date Seattle.

5 year-old Lukas Bas Verhulst puts a just-found clam into a bucket.
His family was at a class called “Digging for Dinner.”

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Before computers and jets, this region was about the sea, timber, agriculture, and farming.  Visiting Whidbey and Camano Islands gives travelers the chance to experience that slower pace.

You can visit unspoiled beaches, farms, wineries, and stay in unique lodging that enhances the experience.

On Whidbey and Camano Islands, we call ourselves, “The Shortest Distance to Far Away©.” But, how do you get here?

Depending upon traffic, the ferry to Whidbey Island is about an hour’s drive from Sea-Tac Airport. Getting to Camano takes about 90 minutes, but there’s no ferry. Both drives are mostly straight shots up I-5 through Seattle.

Your options include shuttle busses, car rentals (including waiting to get to the island to rent) and public transit.

Options for getting to Whidbey Island

Sea Tac Shuttle 1155This is a Whidbey Islanders’, “insider super secret!”
Departing from Sea-Tac’s gate 2 south of the baggage carousels, the shuttle offers stress-free transportation to eight locations on Whidbey Island, including car rentals (if you ask in advance). Check with your lodging to find options to get to where you’re staying.

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Shuttle Express serves Mukilteo and the ferry terminal. From there you can buy a passenger only ferry ticket and ride over to Clinton. On weekdays, Island Transit offers free bus services throughout the island.Visit Shuttle Express’ Website…

Ferry DSC_6388The fastest way to drive to Whidbey Island from Sea-Tac is to drive to the town of Mukilteo and take a ferry over to the island.  To get there, drive north and take either I-5 through Seattle or I-405 through Belleview to get to the Mukilteo and the ferry to Clinton and Whidbey Island.
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Sound_Transit_Link_Light_Rail_TrainStarting withSoundTransit’s Link Light rail, it is possible to take public transportation from Sea-Tac Airport to Whidbey Island.  However, there are some connections and walking involved.
Selected Public Transit Routes
Cartoon like dialogue box says "Hey Taxi!"Car rental and taxi service is available on the island.  Most are small independent operations that can be closed evenings and weekends, so advance booking is strongly recommended.

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Options for getting to Camano Island

Bellair-Charters-AirporterOffers frequent round-trip service from Stanwood/Camano Island to Sea-Tac Airport and downtown Seattle. Pickup/dropoff is in Stanwood. Advance reservations required.

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Camano Island has the double advantage of both being an island and not needing ferry service.

The fastest way to drive to Camano Island is take I-5 north through Seattle about 78 miles.

Take the exit for state route 532 west to Stanwood and then Camano Island.  A brand new bridge has eased traffic congestion between Stanwood and Camano Island.

It is possible to take public transportation from Sea-Tac Airport to Camano Island.  However, there are some connections and walking involved.

  • TakeSoundTransit’s Link Light to the International District station.
  • Walk to 4th Ave. and Jackson and take Community Transit’s 510 bus to Everett
  • Take Skagit Transit’s 90x bus to Mt. Vernon
  • Take Island Transit  411-C bus to Terry’s Corner on Camano Island weekedays only
  • Island Transit has free bus routes throughout the island on weekdays

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  • Beaches
  • Best Driving Routes
  • Towns
  • State Parks
  • Big Events
  • Things to Do

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