A ferry is a vital form of transportation for those who live and work in North Carolina's coastal communities as well as an integral part of the vacation experience for the millions of tourists who flock to the Outer Banks each year.
Weather permitting, more than 20 vessels sail seven routes across the sounds and coastal rivers of the state every day to connect travelers to and from destinations that include Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island, Southport, Currituck and Swan Quarter.
Each vessel can accommodate motorcycles and any size car, trailer or recreational vehicle that can be operated on the highway. Special permits are also available for vehicles longer than 65 feet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are tie-downs available for motorcycles?
No. North Carolina's ferries do not provide any type of tie-downs for motorcycles. Owners must stay with their bikes and secure them by hand as the boat docks, especially in rough waters.
Are weddings and funerals allowed on ferries?
Weddings are allowed as long as the party makes all provisions, including their own minister and arrangements for reservations if boarding a toll ferry. Scattering cremated ashes is not allowed due to environmental regulations.