Fort Worden is located in Port Townsend, Washington, on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula.
200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368
We encourage you to carpool! Sharing rides saves money, parking space, and cuts down on our environmental impact. It's also a fabulous way to start making connections with fellow herb growers and enthusiasts. Follow this link to post your ride offered or sign up for an open seat in someone else's car.
Coming from the north. Take highway 20 down Whidbey Island from the north. Stop and check out the Deception Pass Bridge if you haven’t been there before. Take the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry. (it used to be more correctly called the Keystone/Port Townsend ferry. It is advised to buy a ticket on-line ahead of time.
Coming from the east. If you have to come through the Seattle area you can take either the Edmonds-Kingston ferry (north of Seattle) or the Bainbridge Island ferry which departs from Seattle’s downtown ferry terminal.
Coming from South of Olympia on I-5. It is an easy 2-hour drive from Olympia to Port Townsend coming up highway 101 on the west side of Puget Sound. Very little traffic for the most part.
If coming through Tacoma it is easiest to take the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and then Highway 16 to Bremerton and work your way north.
Coming from the west (through Port Angeles). Drive east on 101, Take a left on highway 20 at the bottom of Discovery Bay.
Coming from Vancouver Island. You have the choice of the Port Angeles Ferry or the more circuitous Victoria to San Juan Islands/Anacortes Ferry after which there is a one hour drive to the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry.
Seattle to Bainbridge. (1.25 hour drive from Kingston to Port Townsend.)
Mukilteo to Clinton (Whidbey Island) ( a half hour drive from Clinton to the Port Townsend ferry)
Whidbey Island to Port Townsend . this ferry docks right into downtown Port Townsend, a short 5-minute drive to Fort Worden.
Vancouver Island to Port Angeles Ferry. About a one hour drive from Port Angeles to Port Townsend. For walk-on passengers we can arrange a pickup or there is a local bus.
Edmonds to Kingston Ferry (just north of Seattle) 1 hour drive from Kingston to Port Townsend.
If you're staying in Port Townsend for the weekend or would like to visit from Fort Worden, consider public transit to and from the conference. Jefferson County has an extensive and inexpensive public bus system. There is a shuttle from Seattle and connecting buses from the Bainbridge island and Kingstson Ferries.
For other options to reach Port Townsend, you can plan your trip at the Jefferson Transit Authority website, or contact [email protected] for assistance. Click here for specifics on reaching Fort Worden State Park.
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The closest large airport to Port Townsend is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. You can reach Port Townsend from SeaTac airport for $6.25 on public transit!
If you plan to rent a car or need a ride from the airport, please consider posting on our carpool page to connect with other fliers.
Need to get to Port Townsend from SeaTac airport? Here is an easy way.
Dungeness Line shuttle Bus
Leaves SeaTac Airport: at 12:45 pm and 6:40 pm
End of baggage claim at door #00. *All times are approximate. Please be at departure locations 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Arrives Port Townsend – Haines Place Park & Ride at 4:05 pm and 10:00 pm.
Sunday and Monday departure times from Port Townsend are
Leaves PT at 6:25 am and arrives at SeaTac at 9:50 am
Leaves PT at 1:30 pm and arrives at SeaTac at 5:15 pm.
$49 one way, per adult, $79 round trip.
You can book rides up to the day of travel if they still have room. Best to book at least a day ahead.
I am still working on rides from the airport with private people, but this is an easy way to get here which doesn’t involve any 3rd parties. Let me know if you need further help. If you go this route let me know what time you are arriving in PT and I will have someone pick you up.
Michael Pilarski 360-643-9178
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Fort Worden has several large parking lots. If you are staying in the campground, one car is allowed in the campsite for no extra charge. Each additional car is $10 a day. There is parking for up to two cars for those staying at the Bliss Vista Cottage. There is parking for two cars per wing if you are staying in Officers' Row.
Our hope is that transportation is easy, shared, and low-impact. If you have difficulties or questions, please contact [email protected] and we'll do our best to assist you.