Welcome Aboard the Ocracoke Express

Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry service launches May 20.

Starting Monday, people traveling between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village will have a new travel option. In addition to the car ferries that already serve the popular route, visitors will have the Ocracoke Express passenger-only ferry as an option.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this service between Hatteras and Ocracoke villages,” said the state’s Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “It will give summer travelers a quicker, wait-free, stress-free transportation option between the two islands, and provide a big boost to the local tourist economy.”

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division announced today that after two free preview days on May 20-21, the passenger ferry service will run seven days a week from May 22 through Sept. 5. The division is leasing the ferry, the M/V Martha’s Vineyard Express, from the New Jersey-based ferry company Seastreak Marine. This week, the vessel successfully completed test runs of the route in the Pamlico Sound between the two Outer Banks islands.

The ferry will make three round trips daily through the summer, departing from the Hatteras terminal at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m., and departing the Ocracoke Silver Lake Terminal at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. A one-way trip takes approximately 70 minutes. 

On May 20-21, the ferry service will be free as a preview to passengers. An initial cost of $1 each way will begin May 22. There will be no extra charge for bicycles. 

Reservations can be made online at www.ncferry.org and on the phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY. Walk-up reservations will still be accepted as long as space is available. 

Introductory fares are $2 for a round trip, with children 3 and under free. There is no additional charge for bicycles.

Walk-up passengers should proceed to the Hatteras Terminal at least 20 minutes before departure time. 

For a firsthand account of riding the ferry on its inaugural day, read more on the Ocracoke Current: 285 Ride Ocracoke Express on 1st Day