King County Water Taxi
Seattle's Top 30 Attractions
The Water Taxi "Rachel Marie"
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A skyline view from the stern heading towards West Seattle
From spring through early fall, one way to enjoy Seattle's views from Puget Sound is to take the round trip on the King County Water Taxi from the Seattle waterfront to West Seattle. On a pretty day, you get grand views of Seattle's full skyline, the seaport operations, and the Olympics. It offers many photo opportunities.
The trip is not narrated but it does offer most of the views of the longer, narrated harbor cruise for 30% of the cost of the harbor cruise. The Water Taxi also makes multiple trips during the day. The Water Taxi is operated by the King County Metro Transit System.
This excursion is on our list of Seattle's Top 30 Attractions.
PHOTO GALLERY AND VIRTUAL TOUR
Pulling away from the waterfront
Lower downtown and the harbor operations
A view of the new Great Wheel
Downtown Seattle and the waterfront
The Space Needle, the waterfront, and a Washington State Ferry
A cruise ship docked at Pier 66
Queen Anne Hill
A panoramic view of the Seattle skyline
The Seacrest Park dock in West Seattle
Giant loading cranes designed to unload super cargo ships
Normal loading cranes at rest
The cranes with Mt. Rainier in the background
At the Pier 50 dock in Seattle
From West Seattle, the taxi operates from Seacrest Park at 1660 Harbor Avenue.
From the Seattle waterfront, the taxi operates from the Seacrest Dock at Pier 50. The address is 801 Alaska Way at the foot of Yesler Street.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO THE WATER TAXI
King County Metro buses serve both the Seattle and the West Seattle docks.
The taxi operates seven days at week on its summer schedule that runs through October 31. It generally sails once a hour. The trip lasts ten minutes. After a few minutes, the ship makes the return trip. Please consult the Water Taxi web site for the detailed schedule.
You can make this trip on mostly cloudy days but the views are much better on partly cloudy or sunny days.
The best time for photographers to take the trip is in the afternoon when the sun is behind most of your shots.
Please click here to go to the official web site for the King County Water Taxi to see current pricing.
The ship is the Rachel Marie, a 77 foot catamaran with capacity for 150 passengers. She can carry up to 18 bicycles.
On a pretty day, you see grand views of the entire Seattle skyline that stretches from West Seattle all the way around Elliott Bay. The views make outstanding photos. You also can take excellent shots of the Seattle seaport operations including the orange and white seaport cranes that dominate the seaport skyline.
Please click here to go to the official web site for the King County Water Taxi.