New to the 2019 summer season was the much-anticipated Hatteras-Ocracoke passenger ferry which, after a pause during the pandemic, resumed operations on July 3, 2020. Passengers can board the ferry from the Hatteras village terminal or the Ocracoke Silver Lake Terminal, make the 70-minute trip between the islands then spend as much time as they like exploring, beach-going, shopping and sampling local fare. If you're heading to Ocracoke, ditching the car puts you in the right direction for getting around, island-style; most people opt to walk or bike as their main mode of transportation here. The passenger ferry makes three round trips every day during the summer, leaving Hatteras at 9:30 a.m., 1 and 4:30 p.m. and departing Ocracoke at 11 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. The cost to ride is $5 per one-way trip plus an additional $1 for a bicycle. Children younger than 3 ride for free. You can purchase tickets at either terminal on a first-come, first-served basis, call for reservations or go online at www.ncferry.org. Be sure to arrive a little early if you plan on walking on to the ferry.
Outer Banks COVID-19 Information
M/V Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry
End of N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras
Ocracoke Silver Lake Ferry Terminal, Ocracoke