FERRY INFORMATION: The magic of Ocracoke begins on the ferry

Spectacular skies are frequent bonuses on ferry rides to Ocracoke, N.C. Photo: C. Leinbach

Getting to Ocracoke by vehicle means catching a ferry on one of three routes. The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry is free of charge. Crossing takes about one hour. The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries across the Pamlico Sound charge a $15 fee each way.

Runs on all ferry routes can be delayed or canceled at any time and for many reasons.  

Please call the Hatteras ferry terminal at 252-996-6000 to check on possible delays or cancellations from that terminal and the Ocracoke ferry office, 252-996-6200, for delays or cancellations on the sound routes.

Departing Hatteras:

Nov. 6 to Dec. 31: 5 a.m., 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, noon, 1 p.m. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7:30, 9, 10, midnight.

Departing Ocracoke:
Nov. 6 to Dec. 31: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 p.m., 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10:30, midnight

Reservations recommended on Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferries.  For Ocracoke/Cedar Island/Swan Quarter reservations, call the Ocracoke ferry office: 252-996-6200, or call
1-800-BYFERRY, or visit www.ncferry.org

Cedar Island (Crossing: 2 hrs.,15 min.):
Sept. 25 to Dec. 31:
From Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 10:30, 4:30 p.m.
From Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30

Swan Quarter (Crossing: 2 hrs., 40 min.)
Sept. 25 to Dec. 31:
From Swan Quarter: 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30
From Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10, 1:30 p.m.

N.C. Ferry Division 2018 schedules are below, or click here: