Unless you will be traveling to Ocracoke by private boat or plane, you (and your vehicle) will arrive on the island by ferry.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation provides year-round ferry service to Ocracoke Island from 3 ports of departure — Hatteras Island (North), Swan Quarter (Northwest), and Cedar Island (Southwest).
Hatteras: 40 min., free
Departure times, fares, reservations: www.ncdot.org/ferry
Reservations are required when traveling between Ocracoke and either Cedar Island or Swan Quarter. Reservations may be made online at the DOT website (see link above) or by phoning 1-877-DOT-4YOU. It is an unpleasant experience to arrive at the dock and find the ferry fully booked.
The Hatteras ferry is usually boarded on a first-come, first-served basis for those without local passes. We recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
Island Driving Directions to the Cottages
A tip for our travelers -- Unless you're particularly fond of vending machine food, we suggest that you prepare or pick up snacks and sandwiches before your ferry voyage, especially on the longer rides.
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