Traveling the Ocracoke Express
Although not required, reservations are recommended. To make a reservation:
If traveling without a reservation, check in at the Hatteras Inlet ferry terminal at least 20 minutes before departure time. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Travelers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village now have a new choice to reach their destination – an addition to the vehicle ferries that already serve the popular route.
Passenger ferry service aboard the Ocracoke Express now runs seven days a week from May 20 through Sept. 5.
The N.C. Department of Transportation's Ferry Division is leasing the Ocracoke Express (also known as the
M/V Martha's Vineyard Express
) from the New Jersey-based ferry company Seastreak Marine.
The ferry whisks as many as 149 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.
NCDOT’s vehicle ferries take people from Hatteras to the other end of Ocracoke Island, and passengers then drive from the terminal to the village 12 miles away.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fare?
Introductory rates of $2 round-trip are in effect through June 30, 2019.
Starting July 1, regular fares of $4 for a round trip will take effect. Children 3 and under ride free.
There is no additional charge for bicycles.
What is the schedule?
From May 20 through June 15, 2019, the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry departs from Hatteras ferry terminal at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Departures from Ocracoke Silver Lake Terminal are scheduled for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
From June 16 through Sept. 5, 2019, will depart Hatteras at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with departures from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Terminal at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where do I leave my car?
There are 142 parking spaces and 10 overnight spaces available at the Hatteras ferry terminal.
Parking is first-come, first-serve. Overnight parking is not available at the Ocracoke ferry terminal.
Do I need a reservation?
Although not required, reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, call 1-800-BY-FERRY or book online at
ferry.ncdot.gov. To take the Ocracoke Express without a reservation, check in no later than 20 minutes before departure time. (Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.)
When do I check in?
All passengers must check in no later than 20 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.
How do I get around Ocracoke?
The Silver Lake Ferry Terminal is within easy walking distance of most of Ocracoke’s shops and restaurants. Hyde County also provides
free tram service around the Village, and bikes and golf carts are available for rental near the ferry terminal.
Can I bring my bicycle?
Yes. The Ocracoke Express passenger ferry has racks for passengers wanting to bring their bicycles to Ocracoke. There is no extra charge for bicycles.
Will there still be car ferries?
Yes. Passenger ferry service is a supplement to and not a replacement for regular vehicle ferries.