The Ocracoke Express docked in Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor. Photo: P. Vankevich

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It has not been a good year for the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry. Plagued by mechanical problems causing multiple cancellations and uncertainty about funding beyond July 31, the service has been up and down. It resumed on Saturday after the most recent suspension from Aug. 1 through Aug. 4.

The passenger ferry’s regular daily schedule is as follows:

  • From Hatteras: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • From Ocracoke: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Passenger Express will run through Labor Day, according to a recent announcement

This ferry service takes people on a 70-minute trip between Hatteras and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke Village. A free tram operated by Hyde County is available to carry people around the village to shops, restaurants, accommodations, and attractions.

Reservations are available at

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