Crossing the Pamlico Sound. Photo: C. Leinbach

The N.C. Ferry Division has added runs to the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke ferry routes for the summer.

As of June 27, the schedule is as follows:

Cedar Island-Ocracoke: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke-Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Reservations are highly recommended during the busy summer season. Travelers can make reservations online at, or on the phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY.

People wanting to access Ocracoke via Hatteras can use the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry, which makes three roundtrips daily between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village and also accepts reservations.

In addition, the Hatteras-Ocracoke vehicle ferry route will continue running 36 scheduled departures each day, with additional unscheduled departures added when possible during high traffic demands. The Hatteras vehicle ferry is free and first come-first served.

For real-time text or email updates on weather or mechanical delays, sign up for the Ferry Information Notification System at

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