Updated July 23, 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 available:
Cedar Island-Ocracoke & Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: @NCFerryPamSound
The Ferry Division will continue to encourage passengers to remain in their vehicles or stand at least six feet from other people while on board to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Service on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route as of June 16 until further notice:
From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight.
From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
Update (Aug. 4): Due to shoaling near the Big Foot Slough, the Pamlico Sound routes are in service with one boat, the M/V Carteret as follows:
Ocracoke to Cedar Island 7:30 a.m.; Cedar Island to Ocracoke 10:30 a.m.
Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 1:30 p.m.; Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 4:30 p.m.
The passenger ferry also began running July 3. Departure times are as follows:
From Hatteras: 9:30 a. m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
From Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets are $5 one way; $10 per round trip, and $1 per bicycle for each trip.
Children 3 and under are free.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-293-3779, or online at www.ncferry.org and clicking on “Online Reservations.” Walk-up reservations are also accepted as long as space is available.
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.