The N.C. Ferry System is working to add direct passenger-only service from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island's Silver Lake Harbor, giving tourists an opportunity to explore the island without having to worry about traffic or parking.
The Ocracoke Express will depart on its 70-minute trip from the Hatteras ferry terminal several times a day between May and September, whisking as many as 98 passengers per trip across the Pamlico Sound directly into Ocracoke Village and in walking distance of all the village has to offer – from dining to shopping to strolls along the waterfront.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the fare be?
Depending on the time of travel, the fare will range from $5 to $15 for a round-trip ticket, which will include free access to the Ocracoke visitors tram on the island. Children 3 years old or younger ride for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
What will the schedule be?
The Ocracoke Express will depart from Hatteras ferry terminal at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Departures from Ocracoke are scheduled for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where do I leave my car?
There will be 148 parking spaces available at the Hatteras ferry terminal by the time passenger-ferry service begins. Overnight parking is prohibited.
When do I check in?
Passengers with reservations must check in no later than 30 minutes before departure time. Walk-ups will be accepted up to 15 minutes before departure time.
Can I bring carry-on items?
Small carry-on items, backpacks and purses are allowed. Strollers and walkers are also allowed. Space is limited, so large luggage and coolers will not be allowed.
How do I get around Ocracoke?
The Silver Lake Ferry Terminal will be within easy walking distance of most of Ocracoke’s shops and restaurants. Hyde County will also be providing free tram service around the Village, and bikes and golf carts will be available for rental near the ferry terminal.
Can I bring my bicycle?
Yes. The Ocracoke passenger ferries will have racks for passengers wanting to bring their bicycles to Ocracoke.
Will there still be car ferries?
Yes. Passenger ferry service is a supplement to and not a replacement for regular vehicle ferries.