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18 Jan 2019
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The Ocracoke Passenger Ferry is coming this spring! 

In our previous blog post we gave details of the new passenger ferry and at the time was predicted to start runs between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands in the summer 2018. After a long wait, the passenger ferry is slated to launch on May 14th, starting with three trips per day. 

The passenger ferry will depart from the Hatteras ferry terminal and take passenger on a speedy 70-minute cruise through the Pamlico Sound and down into Silver Lake, located in the heart of Ocracoke Village. Passengers will have the option of walking to local shops and restaurants or take advantage of the tram service, provided by Hyde County. Local businesses do offer bike and golf cart rentals as a fun way to explore the village. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How much does the passenger ferry cost? 

A: Fares will range between $5 -$15/per passenger - depending on time of travel. This includes a round-trip ticket and free access to the Ocracoke tram on the island. Children 3 & under are free.

Q: What is the ferry schedule? 

A: Departing Hatteras Ferry Terminal at 9am, 1pm, & 5pm. Departing from Ocracoke at 11am, 3pm, & 7pm.

Q: Do I need to make a reservation for the passenger ferry? 

A: Yes. Passengers will need to make reservations for the ferry. Reservations can be made online. Walk-ups will be accepted as well. Passengers with reservations will need to check-in no later than 30 minutes prior to their departure time. Walk-ups will be accepted up to 15 minutes before departure time. 

Q: Where do I park?

A: A new 148 space parking lot will be available at the Hatteras ferry terminal. 

Q: Can I bring carry-on items? 

A: Yes, small carry-on items such as backpacks and purses are allowed. Strollers and walkers are also allowed. Due to limited space, large carry-ons will be not permitted. 

Q: How will I get around the island?

A: A tram service will be set up along with the new passenger ferry. Passengers are welcome to take the tram, rent bikes or golf carts, or walk to their destinations. 

Q: Can I bring my bike on the passenger ferry? 

A: Yes. The ferry will have bike racks available for those wishing to bring their own bikes to the island. Ocracoke also has bikes and golf carts for rent.

Q: Can I still take my car to Ocracoke? 

A: Yes. The regular ferry will also run allowing residents and visitors to bring their cars to the island.

Check out the Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry website for additional details.