The most comprehensive guide to accommodations in and near Port Townsend is found at

Here is a list of hotels offering discounts or holding rooms for the weekend of our race:

**Manresa Castle will hold 15 rooms with discount (from $109 to $79/dble room) until April 1. (away from downtown) In name of NAOWRC or Rat Island Rowing Club. 385 5750

**Bay Cottages will offer discount. 360-385-2035. Out of town, on Discovery Bay. Owned by a rower.

**Harborside,   385 7909, has blocked out 15 rooms with a $10 discount. 385 7909.

Aladdin,   385 3747, has blocked out rooms, Holding rooms, no discount.

The Bishop is 385 6122 or 800 824 4738., 2 night minimum, Holding rooms, no discount.

Swann, holding rooms till April 1, $99-165, No discount.

Palace Hotel (downtown) will hold 10 rooms until April 1.  No discount.   385 5750

Commander’s Beach House B&B (very close to the race HQ).

We will also  have a list of homes offering rooms. We suggest a modest contribution from those staying in private homes (essentially “B&Bs”), perhaps $25 – $50 per person, such proceeds going to the Rat Island Club. Contact if you’re interested in staying with a local family. The number of host families is limited, so if this sounds fun to you, please contact us ASAP and let us know your needs.

How to get to Port Townsend without your own car!

Option 1 – SeaTac – Bainbridge Ferry – Port Townsend
You can take the new Link light rail or a taxi (about $28) or Shuttle Express (206) 622-1424 from SeaTac Int’l Airport and get directly dropped at the Ferry Terminal-Colman Dock to go to Winslow on Bainbridge Island to catch the bus or use all public transit for the trip.  Public transit from the Bainbridge ferry terminal is provided by Jefferson Transit ( and Kitsap Transit (

From SeaTac Airport to Bainbridge Island-Seattle Ferry to Port Townsend:

From door #2 on the ground level, take the #194 Metro Transit bus north to Pioneer Square Station bus tunnel. Walk on Yesler downhill to Alaskan Way and take a right to the ferry terminal. Take ferry across to Bainbridge Island (see WSDOT Ferry Fares for current rates). Pick up the Kitsap Transit bus #90 to Poulsbo. Transfer to Jefferson Transit bus #7 to the Haines St. Park-n-Ride in Port Townsend.

You can take the Jefferson Transit downtown shuttle to get into town (about 1 mile).

King County Metro Trip Planner
SeaTac Airport Bus Info

Option 2 – Independent Bus SeaTac – Port Townsend
Rocket Transportation offers door to door AIRPORT SHUTTLE service by reservation to and from SeaTac for Clallam and Jefferson Counties. With service available to Hospitals and Hotels in Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton (limited service), Silverdale (limited service) and Cruise Ships. They accept Visa and Mastercard. Private car and Charter service is also available 24/7 by reservation. For scheduling information please call (877) 697-6258 or
Option 3 – Independent Bus SeaTac – Port Townsend
Olympic Bus Lines has daily bus service between Seattle and Port Townsend, Kingston, Edmonds, SeaTac Airport, Seattle hospitals, Greyhound and Amtrak. (360) 417-0700 or (800) 457-4492.

Port Townsend to SeaTac trip costs $49 one way and $79 round trip. Rates between Port Townsend and Greyhound or Amtrak are $39 one way and $69 round trip. See Public Transportation.

Option 4 – Public Bus/Overnight Stay – Port Townsend – SeaTac
Jefferson Transit and Coast Gateway Hotel. Allows option of using public transit to arrive at the airport the day before a flight, spend the night at the Coast Gateway, and then get to the airport on time the day of their flight with complementary shuttle service 24/7 between the airport and the hotel.

PDF for Jefferson Transit/Airport trip here under “GOING TO SeaTac AIRPORT?”.

For additional information on how to use public transit to get to the airport, please call Jefferson Transit at (360) 385-4777. See Public Transportation.

Option 5 – Independent Bus SeaTac – Silverdale
Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter. Hourly service that goes from the Airport to the Silverdale Hotel by the Bay. Fares start at $19 to or from SeaTac. (360) 876-1737 or (800) 562-7948. Reservations necessary.

From there use the Kitsap Transit to Poulsbo then Jefferson Transit from Poulsbo to PT. See Public Transportation.

Option 6 – Arrive by Air
Flying from SeaTac Int’l Airport to Jefferson Airport on a chartered flight from Goodwin Aviation or one of the other air charters at the Airport. From there taxi or rent a car to get to Port Townsend. See Air Travel.
Option 7 – Ride your Bike
Riding your bike takes about 3-4 hours from the Bainbridge terminal to downtown Port Townsend (50 miles). Only for experienced riders or touring cyclists. Take Highway 305 to Highway 3 North. Then west on Highway 104 – Use extreme caution on the Hood Canal Bridge. Go north on Highway 19 to Chimacum and then continue north to Highway 20 and into PT.
Option 8 – Arrive by Boat
A few pleasant hours spent cruising up to PT will put you in the perfect frame of mind. Unless there’s a special ferry though, you’ll have to use your own boat!
Option 9 – Arrive by train in Seattle or Edmonds, then Bus
Arriving by train in Seattle involves a short taxi ride to the Bainbridge ferry terminal to meet with the ferry to Bainbridge. Need to bus from there so see Option 1. If arriving by train in Edmonds, just walk from the train station to the Kingston ferry, pay the west-bound fare and hop aboard. Kitsap Transit Route #92 bus service from there brings you to the Poulsbo Transfer Station where you need to connect with Jefferson Transit Route #7 to PT. See Public Transportation.
Option 10 – Walk
Yes, it may take about 12-16 hours, but you’ll be unique and see scenery no one else would at a higher speed…take the same route as the bikers.

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