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

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 both ways.

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:
May 15 to Oct. 1–Departing Monday through Saturday: 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 15 to Oct. 1–Departing Monday through Saturday: 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

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 22 to Sept. 24:
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.):
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 2018 schedules are below, or click here: