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​Service for five of North Carolina's seven ferry routes is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The N.C. Ferry Division accepts reservations up to 90 days in advance for service on the popular Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes. Reservations are recommended – especially during the busy summer season – to ensure your desired departure time.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke vehicle ferry is a free, first come, first served ferry route that does not require or accept reservations.​

Any reservations must be claimed at least 30 minutes prior to departure to avoid cancellation.

​To purchase tickets, book online or call 1-800-BY-FERRY.

Please note: Tractor trailers and dump trucks must call (252) 791-3300 to reserve a reservation. A reservation made on the website for a high tonnage vehicle will not be honored.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Where do I get ferry tickets?
    ​Tickets are available at each ferry terminal's ticket booth, which is outside the terminal entrance.
  • What if I need to change or cancel my reservation?
    ​To change or cancel your reservation and receive a refund, call 1-800-BY-FERRY by at least 4 p.m. the day prior to your ferry departure.
  • Will I be charged an additional fee for each passenger?
    ​No. There is only a charge for the vehicle.
  • Do pedestrians and bicyclists need reservations?
    ​No, but groups of eight or more bicyclists are encouraged to call 1-800-BY-FERRY to reserve a vehicle space that accommodates the group. Please be sure to indicate the reservation is for bicycles.

4/28/2022 3:56 PM