Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has begun taking
reservations for visitors wishing to visit Ocracoke Island, as Hyde
County has lifted the state of emergency Wed., Sept. 7.
Ocracoke residents and emergency personnel with green and purple
stickers and an Ocracoke driver’s license will ride toll exempt until
Highway 12 in neighboring Dare County is open for traffic. Reservations
are recommended to ensure space availability.
Residents of Hatteras village in Dare County will also be allowed to
ride the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes toll
exempt with a driver’s license showing proof of residency.
Those with purple or green stickers going to Ocracoke and residents of
Hatteras village can make a reservation by calling (800) 293-3779 and
press 2 to be connected to the reservations center. The
open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. The online reservations system
at the ferry website will not work for this type of waiver, because the
web page is designed to accept only credit cards.
Those residents who do not make a reservation can still ride toll
exempt, but it will be on a space availability basis. Those with
reservations will be given priority, to avoid overbooking. If a
resident makes a reservation via the 800-BY-FERRY number, they will
still have to show proof upon boarding with the purple and green
stickers and driver’s licenses.
The Cedar Island-Ocracoke schedule continues as follows:
Island at 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 3:30; and
• Departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 3:30.
The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke schedule continues as follows:
Quarter at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30; and
• Departing Ocracoke at 6:30 a.m., 9:30, 12:45 p.m. and 4.
The Hatteras Inlet ferry is running on a reduced schedule to
accommodate Hatteras Island residents who choose to return through
Ocracoke via the ferries from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island.
Ferries leave the Hatteras village docks on the even hour.
first ferry is at 6 a.m. and the last at midnight. Ferries
Ocracoke on the odd hour, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending with the last
trip at 11 p.m.
Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and
pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.