The Cedar Island ferry. Photo: C. Leinbach

The North Carolina Ferry System on Tuesday (Oct. 8) will change the schedule for its Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes while the island continues to recover from Hurricane Dorian.

At this time Ocracoke remains open only to residents, non-resident property owners and personnel approved by Hyde County for re-entry.

The ferry schedule as of Tuesday will be as follows:

  • Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: 10 a.m., noon. and 4 p.m.
  • Ocracoke-Swan Quarter: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Cedar Island-Ocracoke: 6:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

In addition, there will be an additional run for fuel and vendor deliveries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays departing Swan Quarter for Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m. and departing from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter at 2 p.m.

Reservations on these routes are highly recommended and can be obtained by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY. 

All reservation holders must arrive at the terminal one hour before departure time. In addition, same-day reservations for ferries departing Ocracoke are not available, and next-day reservations must be made before 4 p.m. Passengers without reservations will be placed in a standby line and be allowed on ferries if space is available.

Volunteer groups approved to access Ocracoke are encouraged to board the ferries without vehicles to leave as much deck space as possible for vehicles necessary for hurricane recovery services.

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