Ocracoke Express to Extend Midweek Schedule Through September

By on September 2, 2023

Passenger ferry service a popular alternative to vehicle ferries

Update from Hatteras Passenger Ferry Operations: We are currently suspending passenger ferry operations for Monday, September 4, 2023 due to staffing. We will resume passenger ferry operations Tuesday, September 5th, 2023.

Due to popular demand, the N.C. Department of Transportation’sĀ Ocracoke ExpressĀ passenger ferry will continue running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through September. The service was previously slated to end for the season on Labor Day.

From Sept. 5-28, theĀ Ocracoke ExpressĀ will continue to operate its current schedule from Tuesday-Thursday, which are the busiest days for ridership. The schedule is:

  • From Hatteras: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • From Ocracoke: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

TheĀ Ocracoke Express,Ā now in its fifth season, whisks people on a 70-minute trip between Hatteras and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke Village, where a free tram operated by Hyde County is available to carry them around the village to shops, restaurants, accommodations and attractions. The passenger-only ferry allows visitors to make reservations and avoid the lines typically found on vehicle ferry routes. This gives people more time to enjoy Ocracoke, one of North Carolina’s most charming coastal treasures.

More than 75,000 people have ridden theĀ Ocracoke ExpressĀ over its previous four seasons. Surveys about the service have been overwhelmingly positive, with a vast majority of responses labeling theĀ Ocracoke ExpressĀ service as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’

Advance reservations for theĀ Ocracoke ExpressĀ are available online atĀ www.ncferry.orgĀ or on the phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY.


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