FERRY INFORMATION: The magic of Ocracoke begins on the ferry

Morning calm (or ‘slick cam’) on the way to Swan Quarter. Photo: C. Leinbach

Getting to Ocracoke by vehicle means catching a ferry on one of three routes.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke vehicle 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 for double-axle vehicles; more for trucks or if you’re trailing something.

The Ferry Division on May 20 launched passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke, which will continue through Sept. 5 this year.

The “Ocracoke Express” currently departs depart Hatteras at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with departures from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The fare is $2 for a round trip, with children 3 and under free. Reservations can be made online at www.ncferry.org and by phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY. Walk-up reservations will be accepted as long as space is available.  There is no additional charge for bicycles.

The Ocracoke Express passenger ferry is a new addition to the car ferry fleet serving Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

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. 

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.

Route-specific Twitter feeds are now available.
Hatteras-Ocracoke: @NCFerryHatteras
Cedar Island-Ocracoke & Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: @NCFerryPamSound

Vehicle Ferry Information:
Departing Hatteras
May 14 to Sept. 30 —Departing Monday through Saturdays: 5 a.m., 6:15, 7:20, 8:35, 9, 9:15, 9:40, 10, 10:30, 10:55, 11:20, 11:35, noon, 12:20 p.m. 12:50, 1:15, 1:40, 1:55, 2:20, 2:40, 3:10, 3:35, 4, 4:15, 5, 5:30, 5:45, 6:20, 6:35, 6:45, 7:20, 7:50, 8:15, 9:15, 10:45, midnight.
Departing Sundays: 5 a.m., 6, 7, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, noon, 12:30 p.m. 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8, 9, 11, midnight.
Departing Ocracoke
May 14 to Sept. 30–Departing Monday through Saturdays: 5 a.m., 6:10, 7:25, 8:30, 9:45, 10:10, 10:25, 10:50, 11:10, 11:40, 12:05 p.m., 12:30, 12:45, 1:10, 1:30, 2, 2:25, 2:50, 3:05, 3:30, 3:50, 4:20, 4:45, 5:10, 5:25, 6:10, 6:40, 7, 7:30, 7:45, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:30, midnight.
Departing Sundays: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11, 11:30, noon,12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 9:30, 10:30, midnight.

The “Ocracoke Express” passenger ferry is operating daily now through Sept. 5.
A new schedule as of June 16: Departs Hatteras at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with departures from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. See below for contact info, or click here.

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.):
May 21 to Sept. 23:
From Cedar Island: 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 4, 6:30

From Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 4, 9

Swan Quarter (Crossing: 2 hrs., 40 min.)
May 21 to Sept. 23:
Departing Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m., 4:30

Departing Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 9:30, 12:45 p.m., 3:45

N.C. Ferry Division 2019 vehicle ferry schedules are below, or click here: