"You Probably Want a Car, but Transit Does Exist" Anacortes Transportation Tip by glabah
Anacortes Transportation: 2 reviews and 3 photos
It is not easy to get around in this part of Washington without a car. Many of the roads lack good places to walk, except in the downtown area of Anacortes proper. You will probably want to visit places that simply are beyond the current reach of public transit.
However, if you do not want to drive to this location, it is possible to get here by public transit. Skagit Transit operates a regular set of bus routes, including one that operates from Anacortes to the Amtrak station in Mount Vernon. Amtrak train service through Mount Vernon only happens twice per day in each direction as of this writing, however.
Several other bus routes operate in and around the Anacortes area, but for the most part Anacortes is a very walkable community, and isn't extremely large.
There are also connection bus services to Everett and Bellingham, but those also operate out of the Mount Vernon station. So, for the most part, getting to Anacortes by public transit involves some way some how getting to Mount Vernon first - and Amtrak and/or Skagit Transit's services are two options for that.
The "Island Connector" route goes very close to Anacortes, but does not go into town itself. This service goes from a transit center on Widbey Island through Deception Pass State Park and all along highway 20 all the way to Interstate 5. While this bus route will not get you to downtown Anacortes directly, it is possible to transfer (with a bit of waiting) to the Mount Vernon - Anacortes bus route, or you can walk along the Tommy Thompson trail to get from the bus route to Anacortes. This is a paved walking and biking trail built on the old railroad bed that was taken out of service quite some years back, and is a far better place to walk than along the highway!
Many of these bus services do not operate on Sunday or major holidays, and Skagit Transit also operates some irregular routes that serve certain areas only certain days of the week, in order to provide vital services to those who otherwise have no ability to get around.
So, if you want to explore your options further for getting around this area by public transit, Skagit Transit is the place to start with.
Local routes are $1 per ride, or $2 for the longer routes. One day passes are $2 and are only valid for the local routes. Unlike most fareboxes, the Skagit Transit fareboxes will issue change, but only in the form of a card good for future rides.
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