Updated April 20, 2021:
Thanks to successful dredging, the Pamlico Sound ferry routes between Ocracoke, Swan Quarter and Cedar Island will return to their full schedules on Wednesday, April 21.
The full schedule beginning Wednesday, April 21, weather permitting, is as follows:
- Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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.
Be aware that runs on any route are subject to cancellation at any time.
Spring service from March 30 through May 17, 2021, on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route is as follows:
From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30, 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 1:30 a.m.,2 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., 4:30 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.
The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will run an alternate schedule through April 12 on the two Pamlico Sound routes due to critical shoaling issues in the Big Foot Slough ferry channel just outside of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor.
Water depths are too shallow for larger ferries, the N.C. Ferry Division said in a press release, which has prompted the reduced schedule.
The dredge Murden is working now in the slough, a channel that both long-route ferries use on their routes.
Passengers can reserve space on Pamlico Sound departures online at www.ncferry.org, or by calling 1-800-BY FERRY.
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.