Quick Facts

  • Masks and social distancing are required

  • Runs 7 days a week, July 3 - September 10

  • 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

  • $5 one way and $10 round trip

  • 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)

Service will run until September 10 with necessary measures and precautions will be taken in order to protect the passengers and crew from the spread of COVID-19

“In line with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 147, we will be requiring all passengers to wear face coverings while on board both inside the seating area and on the deck,” said the NCDOT via a statement that was shared on Wednesday by the Albemarle Rural Planning Organization. “We have also implemented a vessel and facility cleaning regiment with crew sign off sheets. In addition, we will be marking space out in waiting areas to ensure proper social distancing and will have hand sanitizer at the ticket windows and on board the vessels. In these challenging times, we will do our best to deliver the quality service that you all help[ed] to create last year.”

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 10, 2020. 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.

 

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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