Hatteras-Ocracoke passenger ferry resumes service

By on July 3, 2020

Will operate at reduced capacity due to COVID-19



The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will resume passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke on July 3 after the final approval of Senate Bill 750.

The bill includes $1.14 million to lease and operate the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry through Sept. 10. The ferry will make three daily round trips between Hatteras and the Silver Lake Terminal, located in Ocracoke Village.

The schedule will be as follows:
  • From Hatteras: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • From Ocracoke: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.​

A one-way trip takes approximately 70 minutes.

The fare will be $5 one way for adults with an additional $1 for bicycles. Children 3 and under may ride for free. A free tram operated by Hyde County will be available to shuttle visitors around the village, with golf carts and bicycles available for rental from private vendors.

Passengers may purchase tickets directly at the Hatteras or Ocracoke-Silver Lake Terminals on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations will be available at www.ncferry.org or by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY.

The Ferry Division is working with state health officials to develop procedures to protect Ocracoke Express passengers and crew during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ferry Division will:

  • Limit the number of passengers to 96, which is about half of what the vessel’s certificate of occupancy allows
  • Strongly encourage passengers to wear face coverings
  • Encourage passenger groups to remain six feet apart from each other
  • Add onboard hand sanitizing stations
  • Provide enhanced cleaning of the vessel between departures

Due to COVID-19 concerns, no refreshments will be offered at this time, so passengers may bring bottled water and snacks with them when they board.

The Ocracoke Express carried nearly 29,000 passengers between Ocracoke and Hatteras islands during its inaugural season in the summer of 2019.


  • KDH Resident

    Whatever happen to the passenger ferry NC Gov was building for carrying people between Hatteras and Ocracoke?

    The Outer Banks Voice would be doing the community a great service by reporting that on going saga!

    Friday, Jul 3 @ 12:39 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    KDH, we just posted a story that passenger ferry service between Ocracoke and Hatteras began today, July 3.

    Friday, Jul 3 @ 6:25 pm
  • KDH Resident

    Mark I was referring to the new passenger ferry that was being built for the Ferry Division. That one had some issues in its construction and is a year or more past its delivery date.

    Friday, Jul 3 @ 9:27 pm
  • Bud

    Now they are going to contaminate all of Ocracoke with the virus.

    Saturday, Jul 4 @ 5:43 am
  • Willy c

    Nice place for coviD 19

    Saturday, Jul 4 @ 7:46 am
  • Cat man

    Mark, I think KDH is referring to the new boat which the state WAS building, but two years plus in has yet to be delivered, not the expensive rental from the vineyard.

    Saturday, Jul 4 @ 7:57 am
  • Really?

    The so called journalists don’t want to tackle the real stories like the huge waste of taxpayer money for a boat that was never delivered, might upset the higher ups. Yellow bellied reporting!

    Sunday, Jul 5 @ 8:51 am