Quick Facts

  • Runs 7 days a week, May 20-September 5

  • Hatteras Ferry Terminal departure times are 9:30AM, 1PM and 4:30PM

  • Ocracoke Silver Lake Terminal departure times are 11AM, 3PM, and 8PM

  • 70 minute ride one-way 

  • Passengers only, no vehicles. Bicycles, walkers and strollers allowed and pets with leashes are permitted

  • $1 per person, each way ($2 starting July 1, 2019)

  • A free tram is available in Ocracoke for transportation. Bikes and golf carts can be rented

  • Reservations are accepted, otherwise parking and Express tickets are first come-first serve basis


(Video from NCDOT)


Unlike the other ferries servicing the Hatteras-Ocracoke route, the Ocracoke Express only carries people (no cars). It moves at 2x the speed and takes riders right into Silver Lake Harbor. Best of all, reservations are accepted. The car ferries remain free, but the Express has a fee to ride. The seasonal passenger ferry service runs seven days a week through September 5. An initial cost of $1 each way per person began this season with no reservations required, however they are recommended. 110 parking spots are available at the Hatteras Terminal on a first come-first served basis; in addition, there are 5 overnight parking spaces available.


With 149 passengers allowed per trip, the Express will take people from Hatteras Village across the Pamlico Sound into Ocracoke Village. Dining, attractions, and shopping are all within walking distance with beautiful views of the waterfront once at Silver Lake Harbor. Trams are available to take people from the terminal to the end of the island. The free tram service awaits passengers stepping off the ferry and runs a 30-minute loop around the island with 8 stops. Bikes and golf carts are also available for rental near the ferry terminal.


Starting July 1, regular fares of $4 for a round trip will begin, with children 3 and under free. To make a reservation, call 1-800-BY-FERRY or book online at ferry.ncdot.gov. Check in no later than 20 minutes before departure time. Small carry-on items, backpacks are purses are allowed. Concession and drinks are offered onboard the Express. The N.C. Department of Transportation's Ferry Division is leasing the Passenger Ferry Ocracoke Express from Seastreak Marine based in New Jersey; the vessel's name is the M/V Martha's Vineyard Express


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