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Commuter Pass

​Travelers who frequently use North Carolina ferries can purchase a prepaid pass that allows them an unlimited number of ferry trips.

The pass – a sticker that is affixed to the windshield of the traveler's vehicle – is good for one year from the date of purchase – that allows them an unlimited number of trips.

Purchasing a Pass

Commuter passes range from $150 to $250 and must be purchased in-person at the Swan Quarter, Ocracoke, Cedar Island or Southport terminals.

Both a valid driver license and the registration card for your vehicle are required for purchase.

​Vehicle Size​Cost
​Vehicle and/or Combination up to 20 Feet Long​$150
​Vehicle and/or Combination 20 feet to 40 Feet Long​$200
​Vehicle and/or Combination 40 feet to 65 Feet Long​$250


Some restrictions apply for commuter passes:

  • Commuter passes are non-transferrable and can only be used with the vehicle associated with the pass.

  • Pass holders may not take the same route (same departure and destination) more than one time per day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase a commuter pass and use it with different vehicles I own?

No. Your commuter pass is linked to the license plate number of the vehicle you specified on the commuter pass application. You will receive a sticker that must be placed on your vehicle.

Can I make commuter pass reservations and regular reservations in the same online transaction?

No. Online reservations using ferry commuter passes must be made separately from other reservations.

My commuter pass is for a single, but I am taking my boat over with me this time? Can I upgrade to a double?

Yes. You can upgrade to a double by using the online ferry reservation system or by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY.  The cost to upgrade is $15.

I have a commuter pass for a double, but I am leaving my boat/trailer at home for this trip. Will I get a refund, since I'm not traveling with my boat?

No. The reservation will be the same as your commuter pass.

Since I need a sticker for my vehicle to use my commuter pass, can I still use the pass if I sell or replace my vehicle?

If the stickered vehicle is wrecked, sold or replaced, you must get a new sticker. Your old sticker will be voided, and the new sticker will have the same expiration date. These passes can be used at any toll route.

7/10/2018 10:18 AM