Ferry service to Ocracoke can change at any time due to shoaling, weather or mechanical issues. Visit ncferry.org daily for updates. Hatteras Ferry terminal: 252-996-6000. Ocracoke terminal: 252-996-6201. 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 and Cedar Island-Ocracoke-Swan Quarter @NCFerryPamSound
To view the NCDOT webcam for Ocracoke, click here.
To view the NCDOT webcam for Hatteras, click here.
Vehicle ferries on this route are free and board first-come; first-served.
As of June 6, 2022, a labor shortage at Hatteras and severe shoaling issues in Pamlico Sound have forced the North Carolina Ferry System to adjust its summer schedules to and from Ocracoke Island.
The vehicle ferry schedule effective immediately between Hatteras and Ocracoke will be as follows:
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, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 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., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 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 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
The Pamlico Sound routes are as follows as of July 1:
Cedar Island-Ocracoke: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke-Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Travelers making short visits from Hatteras to Ocracoke are encouraged to use the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry from now until Sept. 5 to avoid wait times for the vehicle ferry. The passenger ferry makes three round trips daily, taking travelers directly into Ocracoke Village, where a free tram operated by Hyde County will take them to shops, restaurants and attractions.
From Hatteras: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30
From Ocracoke: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30
Passengers can reserve space on Pamlico Sound and passenger ferry routes online at www.ncferry.org, or by calling 1-800-BY FERRY.
Two routes – Hatteras-Ocracoke and Ocracoke-Cedar Island – are officially part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway.
For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.