Travelers who are coming to the Outer Banks from the western or southern regions of the country, or visitors who just want to embark on a fun day trip, should catch a ride on a local North Carolina state ferry and enjoy the thrill of a cruise across miles of open water.
The ferries are governed and managed by the North Carolina Ferry System, with runs that depart daily from a number of locations. Drive onto the free ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke, or plan a long leisurely trip across the Pamlico Sound on the 2.5 hour routes from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter or Cedar Island. Visitors will find plenty of options, plenty of routes, and some of the most fantastic water views on the Outer Banks, which are sure to be a highlight of any vacation. For reservations or for more information, simply visit the North Carolina Ferry department online, or call 1-800-BY-FERRY.