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

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.

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: