After being taken to the N.C. Shipyard in Manns Harbor to ride out Tropical Storm Idalia, the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry has returned to Hatteras and resumed operations on Saturday, September 2.
And due to popular demand, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s passenger ferry will continue running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through September. The service was previously slated to end for the season on Labor Day.
From Sept. 5-28, the Ocracoke Express will continue to operate its current schedule from Tuesday-Thursday, which are the busiest days for ridership. The schedule is:
From Hatteras: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
From Ocracoke: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Ocracoke Express, now in its fifth season, whisks people on a 70-minute trip between Hatteras and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke Village, where a free tram operated by Hyde County is available to carry them around the village to shops, restaurants, accommodations and attractions. The passenger-only ferry allows visitors to make reservations and avoid the lines typically found on vehicle ferry routes. This gives people more time to enjoy Ocracoke, one of North Carolina’s most charming coastal treasures.
More than 75,000 people have ridden the Ocracoke Express over its previous four seasons. Surveys about the service have been overwhelmingly positive, with a vast majority of responses labeling the Ocracoke Express service as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’
Advance reservations for the Ocracoke Express are available online at www.ncferry.org or on the phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY.