Service for five of North Carolina's seven ferry routes is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The N.C. Ferry Division, however, does accept reservations up to 90 days in advance for service on the popular Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes.
Any reservations must be claimed at least 30 minutes prior to departure to avoid cancellation.
Although optional, reservations are recommended – especially during the busy summer season – to ensure your desired departure time.
To purchase tickets, book below online or call 1-800-BY-FERRY.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.