As winter turns to spring in Eastern North Carolina, three popular ferry routes will soon be adding departures to their daily schedules.
On March 7, the Hatteras-Ocracoke vehicle ferry will be increasing its daily schedule from 28 to 36 departures.
The schedule, effective Tuesday, will be as follows:
- Hatteras to Ocracoke:5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., midnight.
- Ocracoke to Hatteras:4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.,11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m., midnight.
The Hatteras vehicle ferry will again increase its departure schedule on April 4 before running its full summer schedule beginning May 16.
On March 14, the Ocracoke-Cedar Island and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter routes will increase daily departures from two to three from each terminal.
The schedules, effective March 14, will be as follows:
- Cedar Island to Ocracoke:7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
- Swan Quarter to Ocracoke:10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
The Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes will remain on these schedules until May 16, when they will also go to a full summer schedule.
You can find and download a complete ferry schedule here.