Ocracoke Express NEW Passenger Ferry Coming in 2018

Jerry Blackwelder

Ocracoke Express NEW Passenger Ferry Coming in 2018

During the summer, it seems like everyone wants to spend a day in Ocracoke. And why not? With unspoiled beaches, cool sea breezes, a charming harborside village and plenty of places to shop, eat, and relax, Ocracoke is a perfect place to leave your worries behind. Starting next summer, you’ll be able to leave your car behind as well, as the North Carolina Ferry System establishes direct passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor, right in the heart of the village itself!

On the NC Ferry System’s Ocracoke Express service, you’ll be able to make a reservation and know exactly when you’ll arriving and departing the island without waiting. Once there, you won’t have to worry about traffic or finding a parking spot. The ferry will drop you off within walking distance of all the village has to offer, but if you’d rather not walk, a free tram service will be available on Ocracoke, as well as bikes and golf carts for rent near the ferry terminal.

The Ocracoke Express will depart from our Hatteras Ferry Terminal several times a day between May and September, whisking passengers across the beautiful Pamlico Sound directly into Ocracoke Village. There, you’ll be able to enjoy dining, shopping or lazily strolling along the waterfront. Spend a few hours, an entire day, or even a week here… because when you’re ready to head back to Hatteras, we’ll be waiting for you! So prepare to board the Ocracoke Express next summer for a car-free, wait-free, and worry-free day trip to one of North Carolina’s most captivating island gems!

What will the fare be?
While we have not officially set the fares for next season, we anticipate no more than $15–20 for a round-trip adult ticket.

Where do I leave my car?
Ample parking space will be available at the Hatteras ferry Terminal next summer by the time passenger ferry service begins.

How do I get around Ocracoke?
The Silver Lake Ferry Terminal will be within easy walking distance of most of Ocracoke’s shops and restaurants. However, Hyde County will be providing free tram service around the Village, and bikes and golf carts will be available for rental near the Ferry Terminal.

Can I bring my bike?
Absolutely! The Ocracoke Passenger Ferries will have bike racks for passengers wanting to bring their own bicycles to Ocracoke.

Will there still be car ferries?
Yes. Passenger ferry service is a supplement to and not a replacement for our regular vehicle ferries.


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