The main mode of transportation in the city of Poulsbo is the local bus service, which is operated by Kitsap Transit. Poulsbo also has four buses running throughout weekdays that are operated by Jefferson Transit and run from Port Townsend. Most of the bus transits occur in Poulsbo’s downtown area, at the Poulsbo Transfer Center and this is located just north of the intersection of Lincoln Road and Highway 305, about half a mile east of downtown Poulsbo. However, it is worth noting that the bus service schedule in Poulsbo can be difficult to figure out, as much of it largely depends on the connecting ferry routes. The universal fare for Kitsap Transit is two dollars per ride so if you want to transfer between bus routes, you will need to pay this cash fare again, unless you have a regional ORCA card. Kitsap Transit’s primary route in Poulsbo is route 90, which connects the town to the Bainbridge Island Ferry. The timetable for the bus service is designed for commuter traffic to the ferry and as a result, there are a number of variations to the bus route, which makes it a little hard to master. However, despite the fact that the Kitsap Transit schedule might be a little difficult to understand, the good thing is that it operates a proficient service in and around the area and in addition all buses are designed with comfortable seats to make your journey as pleasant as possible.
Besides the Kitsap Transit bus service, there are a variety of other bus services in Poulsbo, including the number 92 that connects Poulsbo to Kingston. The number 32 operates through Poulsbo’s downtown area in a loop that incorporates the Poulsbo Transit Center plus this also connects Poulsbo to a shopping mall (Kitsap Mall) that is situated to the southwest of the town. The # 33 operates an occasional commuter service and this connects Poulsbo’s downtown area to the Bainbridge Island Ferry terminal. This round trip service connects Poulsbo to a number of places in more remote areas; however there are only a few running through the day, during peak travel periods. Another bus service to consider is the #41, which is another local circular service that operates from the Poulsbo Transfer Center to Poulsbo’s eastern residential area while the # 43 connects Poulsbo’s Transfer Center to the Olympic College passing through downtown Poulsbo along the way. However, en-route from the college to Poulsbo’s Transfer Center, it runs to the eastern side of highway 301 and approaches the center from the northern side.
Alternatively, for those who would prefer to walk, it is actually a short distance to the transfer center from many parts of the city and as there are sidewalks all the way, this is a reasonably safe option. However, this route incorporates a short, steep hill that to the east of downtown Poulsbo. For those arriving from further afield, particularly from the Seattle area, you would be most likely to start your trip with the Washington State Ferry and this offers magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains in front of the terminal. This ferry ride takes about half an hour to get to Poulsbo, for this eleven mile trip.