The Ocracoke Express docks in Silver Lake Harbor. Photo: C. Leinbach

The North Carolina Ferry System will adjust the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry schedule on Sunday (June 16) to accommodate later Ocracoke departures.

Under the new schedule, the ferry will depart Hatteras at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with departures from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“We heard from many passengers wanting to use the passenger ferry to have dinner on Ocracoke or to enjoy the sunset on Pamlico Sound,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “This later final departure will make that possible.” 

Introductory fares of $2 for a round trip will remain in effect through June 30.

July 1, regular fares of $4 for a round trip will begin, with children 3 and under free. There is no additional charge for bicycles.

Reservations can be now made through June 30 by calling 1-800-293-3779, or online at and clicking on “Online Reservations.”

Walk-up reservations are also accepted as long as space is available. 

Since service began May 20 the Ocracoke Express has carried more than 5,200 passengers and 316 bicycles on the 70-minute trip between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village in its first three weeks of operation. The passenger ferry will run seven days a week through Sept. 5.

A free tram service, courtesy of Hyde County, is available to carry visitors around Ocracoke Village.

Bikes and golf carts are also available for rent from island businesses. 


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