FERRY INFORMATION to Ocracoke–updated

Evening on the Hatteras Inlet. Photo: C. Leinbach

Updated Jan. 13, 2020:

Motorists are urged to follow the NC Ferry routes on Twitter for daily updates on ALL of the ferry routes. Route-specific Twitter feeds are now available:
Hatteras-Ocracoke: @NCFerryHatteras
Cedar Island-Ocracoke & Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: @NCFerryPamSound

Ferries between Hatteras and Ocracoke are as follows:

  • From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., midnight.
  • From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m., midnight.

The Pamlico Sound ferry routes as of Jan. 12, 2020, and for approximately two weeks are on the following schedule due to maintenance:

Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Runs on all ferry routes can be delayed or canceled at any time and for many reasons.  The ferry captains makes their own decisions about whether or not it is safe to run, but generally, when wind speeds reach about 35 mph, ferry runs will be suspended until the winds die down. 

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

For N.C. Ferry Division 2019 vehicle ferry schedules, click here: