Currituck to Knotts Island - Transit Time = 45 minutes, Free Ferry. Ferries depart every few hours year round beginning around 6:00 AM daily. Last ferry out of Currituck departs around 5:30 PM.
Ocracoke Island is accessible only by water or air. All of the other, major, populated islands on North Carolina's Outer Banks are accessible by modern bridges. The North Carolina Department of Transportation provides ferry service to Ocracoke from Hatteras Island, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter.
Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island Ferry - Transit Time = 40 minutes, Capacity = 30 cars, Free Ferry. Ferries depart Hatteras and Ocracoke every half-hour from May thru October and every hour otherwise. Ferries run from 5:00 am to midnight.
Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Ferry - Transit Time = 2.5 hours, Capacity = 28 cars, Fare and Reservations Required.
Cedar Island to Ocracoke Ferry - Transit Time = 2.25 hours, Capacity = 28 cars, Fare and Reservations Required.
Reservations are only offered on the Cedar Island – Ocracoke and Swan Quarter – Ocracoke Routes.
You must claim your reservation at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Failure to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure will mean that your reservation will be cancelled.
Reservations may be made up to 3 months in advance of date of departure.
Reservations can be made online or by calling central reservations at 1.800.293.3779 and Press 2
The Ferry Division is able to accommodate any size car, trailer or RV that can operate on the highway.
Restroom facilities are available at all ferry terminals and on all ferry vessels.
Pets are permitted on the ferries as long as they are either in the vehicle or on a leash.
Food and drink vending machines are available on many ferries and at all ferry terminals. Coffee is available at the Cedar Island, Ocracoke, Swan Quarter, Pamlico River and Hatteras Ferry Terminals. Coffee is also available on the ferries that operate on the Cedar Island – Ocracoke, Swan Quarter – Ocracoke and Pamlico River ferry routes. The Ferry Division does not offer any hot or sandwich type food.
Currituck Terminal: 252.232.2683
Hatteras Terminal: 1.800.368.8949 or 252.986.2353
Ocracoke Terminal: 252.928.5311
Swan Quarter Terminal: 252.926.6401
Cedar Island Terminal:252.225.7411
NCDOT/Ferry Division: 1-800-BY-FERRY
You may review the complete, official Ferry Schedule at the Department of Transportation internet site or call:
The information provided herein is subject to change. We urge you to confirm the schedules and fares by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY prior to finalizing your travel plans.