After the official Monday christening ceremony of the brand new Ocracoke Express, passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village began for the summer season on Tuesday, May 17.
The new ferry will carry up to 129 passengers on three round trips daily, departing Hatteras at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with return trips from Ocracoke Village at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
One-way fares are $5, with an additional $1 charge for bicycles. Children three and under who can share a seat with an adult can ride for free.
“The passenger ferry will make a summer day trip to Ocracoke easy and convenient,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas in an earlier interview. “People can make reservations on the phone, online, or in person and know exactly what time they’ll be leaving and returning.”
The Ocracoke Express will take people on a 70-minute trip between Hatteras and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke Village, where a free tram operated by Hyde County will carry them around the village to shops, restaurants, accommodations, and attractions.
Passenger ferry service is a supplement to the vehicle ferries, which will continue to take people between Hatteras and the north end of Ocracoke Island.
Reservations up to 90 days in advance can now be made on the Ferry Division’s website, or by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY.