"Sea" What You've Been Missing

Take some bread! Feeding the gulls is a tradition and great fun.
Ferry service began along the Outer Banks in the mid-1920's as a private operation shuttling passengers across Oregon Inlet. The state began subsidizing the service in 1934, and in 1947 the state transportation department started operating regular ferry service. Today, North Carolina boasts one of the nation's largest state-operated systems.

Linking Coastal Communities
Get current schedules online.

Traveling to / from the Outer Banks via Ocracoke Island??...there are 3 routes, check here first.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry division operates seven routes providing a vital link for both citizens and visitors between points along the glorious North Carolina coastline. Ferry service is available year-round for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle passengers, with trips varying in length from 20 minutes between Cherry Branch and Minnessott Beach to 2.5 hours between Swan Quarter and Ocracoke. With a fleet of more than 20 vessels, the state ferry system provides access to coastal communities, fishing villages and unspoiled beaches.

The fleet is based in Morehead City with maintenance and repairs on all the vessels completed by ferry personnel at the shipyard in Manns Harbor. Each crew member has been trained to ensure that your trip is pleasant, safe and comfortable.

Unforgettable Experience

Pamlico River Ferry. Bayview to Aurora.
Traveling on the North Carolina Ferry System is an unforgettable experience that gives you a bird's eye view of clear blue water and sandy beaches. On your next visit to eastern North Carolina, take a moment to enjoy the view from the water. Ride one of the North Carolina ferries and "Sea What You've Been Missing."

For more information or reservations on the North Carolina Ferry System, call
1-800-BY FERRY (1-800-293-3779)

Further information is available from:
Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center near NC/VA Border, on US 17

Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry

Cherry Branch - Minnesott Beach Ferry

Bayview - Aurora Ferry


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