Fares

All fares are round trip and collected at the Steilacoom Terminal. Vehicles, drivers, and passengers must be in position with tickets 20 minutes prior to departure times or they may not be allowed to board the ferry.

The 2024 fares below were established through the adoption of Ordinance No. 2023-58s on Nov. 14, 2023.  Learn more about the new fares.

Walk-On, Passenger, and Bicycle

Passenger Type
Year-Round Fares
Adults (ages 19 and older)
$7.50
Youth (ages 18 and under)
(Riders are still required to obtain a ticket to board the ferry.)
Free
Senior ID (ages 65 or older) or Disability Permit $4.00

Motorcycle

Includes Driver (Additional passengers must purchase passenger fares) Non-Peak
(Jan. 1-May 23;
Sept. 3 -Dec. 31)
Peak
(May 24-Sept. 2)
Motorcycle/Stowage (includes driver) $12.25 $17.25
Senior ID (ages 65 or older) or Disability Permit $10.25 $14.50

Vehicle

Includes Driver (Additional passengers must purchase passenger fares) Non-Peak
(Jan. 1-May 23;
Sept 3 -Dec. 31)
Peak
(May 24 -Sept. 2)
Vehicle (Up to and including 22-foot length)
$22.50 $30.75
Senior ID (ages 65 or older) or Disability Permit (up to 22 feet)  $19.00 $25.75
Over 22 feet to under 30 feet 
$44.75 $61.50
30 feet to under 40 feet 
$70.75 $97.25
40 feet to under 50 feet
$94.00 $129.50
50 feet to under 60 feet
$117.25
$161.75
60 feet to under 70 feet  
$140.50 $193.75
70 feet to under 80 feet**
$164.00 $237.25
80 feet to under 90 feet**
$194.00 $280.75
90 feet and greater**
$229.25 $331.75

Value Pass*

5 trips Year-Round Fares
Passenger/Walk-on $26.50
Motorcycle $45.50
Vehicle (up to and including 22 ft) $87.25

*Value Pass tickets are valid for 40 days from date of purchase until the expiration date indicated on each ticket. They may be used by only one passenger per vehicle per trip and may not be used by other vehicles or passengers waiting to board the ferry vessel. No refunds for unused, lost, or stolen tickets. Value Pass tickets are not eligible for refunds.

**These fare classes in Ordinance No. 2023-58s contain calculation errors for the 2024 and 2025 fares. This issue will be corrected through a new ordinance in early 2024. 

Additional Fare Information

  • Peak season vs. non-peak season refers to a seasonal change in fares depending on the time of the year. Peak season rates are in effect from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day of each year. Non-Peak season rates are in effect the remainder of the year.  
  • End of season/year fare refunds for unused tickets from the previous season/year must be requested within 10 calendar days from the start of the new pricing.  
  • Refunds are available for tickets purchased online or at the terminal, that have not been used, are not expired, and fall within Pierce County Ferry’s refund period (10 days after ticket expiration date). Request a refund online:  Refund Request form.
  • Senior citizens (age 65+) must show valid photo ID or a Regional Reduced Fare Permit at the time of boarding.
  • Disabled passengers must show a valid disability ID at the time of boarding (acceptable ID includes Regional Reduced Fare Permit, ADA paratransit card, or Medicare Card with photo ID).
  • Vehicle length is measured from the furthest protruding item at the front of the vehicle to the furthest protruding item at the rear of the vehicle and/or trailer. Logging trucks, whether loaded or unloaded, will be charged the 60 to under 70 feet category.
  • $1 per ticket surcharge for capital replacement purposes applied for fares, effective 2024.
  • Fares for Youth passengers (ages 18 and under) will be free under the Ferry Youth Fare Reimbursement Program. The County will be reimbursed through the Washington State 2023-2025 Transportation Budget. This youth passenger tickets will remain free as long as the state continues to subsidize the program. Riders in this fare class are still required to obtain a ticket via the City Experiences App, website, or in person at the Steilacoom Terminal to board the ferry. Riders may need to provide proof of age by presenting a valid photo ID. Youth drivers will still need to purchase a vehicle ticket as normal.
  • Large carry-on items, including kayaks, canoes, and other items of comparable size which are typically stowed on the vehicle deck of the ferry vessel, shall be charged at the motorcycle rate. This rate includes the fare for the walk-on passenger carrying the item to be stowed.
  • Fare exemptions are allowed for police, fire, and medical vehicles with tax-exempt plates and only in the event of an emergency.
  • Oversize vehicles over 8.5 feet wide, 14 feet high, 80 feet long must communicate with the ferry operator in advance to determine if the vehicle/load is suitable for transport onboard the ferry. Please call (253) 588-1950 or complete this form and email to [email protected].