Ocracoke Transportation

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    Ferries to Ocracoke

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ocracoke ferry leaves Hatteras docks (by Chris)

    Unlike the barrier islands of the Outer Banks to the north, there are no bridges connecting Ocracoke Island to the mainland, so you’ll need to take the ferry. There are three ferry routes serving the island:

    1. Cape Hatteras to the northern tip of Ocracoke Island
    2. Swan Quarter (east of Washington NC) to Ocracoke village
    3. Cedar Island (east of Atlantic Beach and itself linked to the mainland by road) to Ocracoke village

    We chose to arrive by the first of these, having driven the length of the Outer banks, and left the island by the second. The Hatteras to Ocracoke route runs every hour from 5 a.m. – midnight, with a few extra boats on the half hours in summer. The crossing takes 40 minutes and there is no charge. The other crossings are much less frequent and take longer – for example Ocracoke to Swan Quarter runs only three times a day in summer, twice in winter, and takes 2.5 hours. The cost for this is $1 for a pedestrian and $15 for a car with passengers. Cedar Island costs the same and takes nearly as long though runs more frequently. You really need to book in advance for one of these less frequent routes, especially at the height of summer – we did and were glad we had as the ferry was full.

    (you'll find a map of the routes & full schedules on the website below)

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    Bike Rack

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cars outside Ship's Store

    This van parked outside the Ship's Store gift shop has a bike rack on the back.

    The flat terrain is quite a treat for cyclists, but all roadways are either dusted or covered with sand so you need to be aware of the skidding hazard.

    Cyclists need to be skilled enough to ride without swerving and to anticipate the actions of car drivers, who, as many bikers know, often don't even see bicycles on the road or yield any sort of right-of-way to cyclists.

    # Wear safety helmets.
    # Ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic.
    # Always maintain a single file.
    # Obey all traffic rules.
    # Observe pedestrians' right-of-way on walks, paths, and streets.
    # Be alert for off-road areas with tirepuncturing cacti and sandspurs.
    # Look out for soft sand that can cause a wipeout.

    Bicycle rentals are available in season from:

    Slushie Stand
    NC 12, Ocracoke
    (252) 928-1878

    "Take a breather and rock a spell in a chair on the wraparound porch before renting a two-wheeler. You can't miss the bike racks spread out in front of this juniper-sided building across from Silver Lake Harbor. Traditional coaster and kids' bikes rent by the hour, day, or week from April through November. Daily rates are $15, and weekly rates are $40. Special tandem bicycles and tricycles also can be leased. Call for rental rates. After a long ride through Ocracoke Island, be sure to sample a hand-dipped ice cream cone or an old-fashioned slushy at the snack bar."

    Island Rentals
    Silver Lake Rd., Ocracoke
    (252) 928-5480

    "This Ocracoke Island outpost rents adult bicycles for $10 a day. It's next to the Ocracoke Harbor Inn and is open Easter through Thanksgiving."

    Beach Outfitters
    NC 12, Ocracoke
    (252) 928-6261, (252) 928-7411

    "Beach Outfitters, in the Ocracoke Island Realty office, is open all year and accepts reservations. You can rent bikes for $15 a day or $40 a week. "

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    How to get to Ocracoke

    by TimDaoust Written Jun 1, 2005

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    A Ferry run by the NC DOT is the only way to get here to Ocracoke. The ferries run from either swan quarter or cedar island to ocracoke village. And also from Hatteras Island to the North end of Ocracoke. The latter is free, while the former both cost about $15 generally. This also depends on the size of your vehicle.

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    Air Strip

    by grandmaR Updated May 29, 2005

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    Runway?

    I know that Ocracoke has a small airstrip, but I didn't remember seeing it.

    I also don't remember taking this picture either and on second thought, I don't think it was taken at Ocracoke, but was somewhere farther north.

    In any case, it is possible to get to Ocracoke by air.

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    Ferry From Hatteras

    by grandmaR Written May 25, 2005

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    Hatteras/Ocracoke
    May 1 - Oct 31
    Hatteras Departures Ocracoke Departures
    5:00 am 1:00 pm 5:00 am 1:30 pm
    6:00 am 1:30 pm 6:00 am 2:00 pm
    7:00 am 2:00 pm 7:00 am 2:30 pm
    7:30 am 2:30 pm 8:00 am 3:00 pm
    8:00 am 3:00 pm 8:30 am 3:30 pm
    8:30 am 3:30 pm 9:00 am 4:00 pm
    9:00 am 4:30 pm 9:30 am 5:00 pm
    9:30 am 5:00 pm 10:00 am 5:30 pm
    10:00 am 5:30 pm 10:30 am 6:00 pm
    10:30 am 6:00 pm 11:00 am 6:30 pm
    11:00 am 6:30 pm 11:30 am 7:00 pm
    11:30 am 8:00 pm 12 noon 7:30 pm
    12 noon 10:00 pm 12:30 pm 9:00 pm
    12:30 pm 12 midnight 1:00 pm 11:00 pm
    Transit Time = 40 minutes, Capacity = 30 cars, Free Ferry
    Jan 1 - April 30 and Nov 1 - April 30
    Ferries depart Hatteras and Ocracoke every hour from 5:00 am - midnight

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    Ferry to Cedar Island

    by grandmaR Written May 25, 2005

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    The Cedar Island-Ocracoke Ferry is Toll Ferry. The crossing time is about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

    The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke Ferry is Toll Ferry. The crossing time is about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

    Swan Quarter/Ocracoke
    Year Round
    Ocracoke Departures Swan Quarter Departures
    6:30 am 12:30 pm 7:00 am 9:30 am
    4:00 pm . 4:00 pm .
    Transit Time = 2.5 hours, Capacity = 28 cars, Fare Same as Cedar Island
    Additional departures may be scheduled May 20 through September 6

    Cedar Island/Ocracoke
    May 26 - Sept 28
    Cedar Island Departures Ocracoke Departures
    7:00 am 8:15 am 7:00 am 9:30 am
    9:30 am Noon 10:00 am 10:45 am
    1:00 pm 1:45 pm Noon 3:00 pm
    3:00 pm 6:00 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm
    8:00 pm Noon 8:30 pm .
    March 31 - April 13
    May 5 - May 25 and Sept 29 - Oct 31
    7:00 am 9:30 am 7:00 am 9:30 am
    Noon 3:00 pm Noon 3:00 pm
    6:00 pm 8:30 pm 6:00 pm 8:30 pm
    Jan 1 - Mar 30
    April 14 - May 4 and Nov 1 - April 18
    7:00 am 10:00 am 7:00 am 10:00 am
    1:00 pm 4:00 pm 1:00 pm 4:00 pm
    6:00 pm 8:30 pm 6:00 pm 8:30 pm
    Transit Time = 2.5 hours, Capacity = 50 cars, Fares Apply
    Additional departures may be scheduled May 20 through September 6

    Swan Quarter/Ocracoke
    Cedar Island/Ocracoke
    One Way Fares
    Pedestrian $1.00
    Bicycle Rider $2.00
    Motocycle $10.00
    Vehicle and /or Combination
    less than 20 feet $10.00
    Vehicle and /or Combination
    20 - 40 feet $20.00
    Vehicle and /or Combination
    up to 55 feet $30.00
    Call 1-800-BY-FERRY for the latest schedules and prices!

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    One Highway Town (14 miles of Highway 12)

    by grandmaR Updated May 25, 2005

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    Highway 12 at the north end

    Ocracoke Island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The entire island is owned by the US National Park Service, except for the village.

    Ocracoke has a single highway which was built in 1957. It goes from the Hatteras ferry dock at the north end of the island to the Swans Quarter/Cedar Island ferry dock at the south end. Some of the other roads on the island are not paved - they are sand just like some Caribbean islands.

    The Road: N.C. 12 13 + 14 + 96 = 123 total miles

    First segment starts at U.S. 70 near Atlantic, Carteret County. Pavement ends on Cedar Island after 13 miles, and the Cedar Island-Ocracoke ferry continues the trip

    Pavement starts again where the ferry drops you off in Ocracoke, and ends 14 miles farther on at the northeast end of Ocracoke Island.

    Pavement starts for the third time in Hatteras and ends for good in Corolla, Currituck County after 96 miles.

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    Cycling

    by TimDaoust Written Feb 10, 2005

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    Funny tandem bike

    Just about the best way to get around Ocracoke, especially if you are staying in the village. It's so small but to walk is too exhausting as it's not quite that small and surprisingly one can get lost on the back roads without having to try too hard. Check out this link for info on where and for how much you can rent bikes.

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    Rent Scooters

    by tpangelinan Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Take a scooter for a spin

    Thought this looked like a lot of fun. There is lots to see at the south end of the island and lots of historical spots to check out, so you would cover a lot more ground this way! Tried to find information on this company but had no luck, may be listed locally only. Sorry

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    Ocracoke has an airport!

    by tpangelinan Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Ocracoke Island Airport

    Ocracoke has an airport, couldn't believe it myself. This small island does have an airport, mostly for private plains and plain tours over the island.

    Pelican Airways
    Tours, flight lessons, photo & charter flights.
    252-928-1661

    South East Air
    Professional, Quality Air Service
    252-928-5555

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    Ocracoke Ferries to Cedar Island & Swan Quarter

    by tpangelinan Written Sep 19, 2004

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    Ocracoke Ferry

    At the south end of Ocracoke Island there is an other set of ferries you can take to get to Swan Quarter and one for Cedar Island which can get you to Cape Fear and Cape Lookout. These ferries run on a different schedual so cal for departure times so you don't get stuck some where. These are toll ferries, Cedar Island ferry take 2 1/4 hours and Swan Quarter take 2 1/2 hours. You should book in advance 1 to 2 days

    $1.00 pedestrian
    $3.00 Bicycles
    $10.00 Motorcycles
    $15.00 Cars less than 20ft
    $30.00 Vehicles 20 to 40ft
    $45.00 up to 60ft

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    One has to take ferry to reach...

    by FreeCloud Written Oct 4, 2002

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    One has to take ferry to reach Ocracoke. If you drive, you could put your vehicle on the deck as well.

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