FERRY INFORMATION to Ocracoke–updated March 30

Evening on the Hatteras Inlet. Photo: C. Leinbach

Updated March 30, 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:
Hatteras-Ocracoke: @NCFerryHatteras
Cedar Island-Ocracoke & Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: @NCFerryPamSound

Beginning Tuesday, March 31, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry System will adopt a new set of schedules indefinitely in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The new schedules will allow for deeper cleaning of ferry vessels, while also adapting to lower demand for ferry travel as schools are closed and people remain at home during the outbreak.

For Ocracoke-bound ferries, visitors will not be allowed due to an emergency declaration issued Wednesday by Hyde County.  Click Ocracoke entry guidelines during COVID-19 crisis for more information. 

The new ferry schedules to and from Ocracoke, effective Friday, are as follows:

From Hatteras: 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight

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

Cedar Island to Ocracoke:
From Cedar Island: 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

From Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Swan Quarter to Ocracoke:
From Swan Quarter: 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

From Ocracoke: 7 a.m. and 1:30 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 2020 vehicle ferry schedules, click here: