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Frequently Asked Questions - answered!

The Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry is one of the most popular of the seven coastal ferry routes that are orchestrated and managed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT.) Open for everyone, with daily runs that occur 365 days a year, the short 40-45 minute island-hopping ferry provides an integral link for Ocracoke Island to the rest of the Outer Banks, and provides visitors of all seasons with an exciting way to enjoy a coastal day trip. For a little bit of completely free entertainment, hop aboard via car, truck, bike or even just on foot, and discover a scenic boat ride that's just as thrilling as discovering the island of Ocracoke itself.

Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry coming and going

Tips and Tricks for Riding the Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry

  • Summer visitors who are planning a trip to Ocracoke, and who don't have time to spare and wander around the Hatteras ferry docks, should avoid Tuesdays-Thursdays. These are generally the most popular days in the summer season for day-trippers, and during the prime hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., can become fairly crowded with ferry wait times ranging from 20 minutes to up to two hours. If at all possible, plan your day trip on a weekend or Monday, or plan to be an early bird or a night owl. The early 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. ferries, as well as the late afternoon and evening ferries, aren't nearly as crowded departing Hatteras and many times visitors can simply "drive right on."
  • There's a local rule of thumb that the best time to head to Ocracoke is in the evening and the best time to head to Hatteras is in the morning, and while this isn't always feasible, it's something to keep in mind while planning your trip. Many Ocracoke shops stay open until sunset or later, so even night owls can get a fantastic tour of the area without any long ferry waits and without the threat of their favorite shop or galleries closing for the night.
  • Don't miss the boat! The ferries typically load between 5-10 minutes before departure, and if you're not in your vehicle, the NCDOT staff will simply guide traffic around your parked car. Best not to risk the inconvenience of moving your vehicle and waiting for the next ride by simply being by your vehicle close to departure time.
  • Pay close attention to the ferry rules. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the ferry, including in your vehicle, and passengers will be sternly warned or even fined for violating this rule. In addition, feeding the seagulls is not allowed on the ship, and pets must be kept on a leash at all times if outside of the vehicle. The rules are straightforward, but travelers are encouraged to brush up ahead of time, either via the ferry literature located at the bordering visitors' center or online, to avoid a stern talking-to, or worse, a hefty government fine.
  • Be prepared and have you driver's license handy before boarding. The NCDOT staff performs spot checks as part of the Homeland Security program, so travelers are advised to have proper identification forms ready.
  • It certainly might be tempting to ease into an empty priority passage lane, but unless you have a priority pass, don't do it. The priority pass also entails a highly visible sticker which allows NCDOT personnel to quickly spot who is a legitimate priority passenger, and if you're mistakenly in this lane, you could be sent back to the end of the regular lane. It sounds like grammar school rules, to be sure, but the priority lane can only be used by vehicles that are instrumental to the daily operations of Hatteras or Ocracoke Islands.
  • Don't miss the boat again! The last ferry from either Ocracoke or Hatteras Island leaves at midnight sharp, with loading commencing 5-10 minutes before 12:00 a.m. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the terminal. Many locals and visitors have been stranded on one side, or have gotten a hefty speeding ticket, trying to catch the last ferry without a little extra leeway.
  • Please keep in mind that inclement weather conditions are the only factors that may deter a ferry's schedule. While the ferries run fine in gusts up to 30 or even 40 miles per hour, they do have temporary delays or suspension of service for massive shoalings or consistent winds of 40 miles or more. These measures are only taken in extreme weather conditions, and are only taken for travelers' safety. Otherwise, visitors can expect no interruption in ferry serve, 365 days a year.
  • If at all possible, plan a ferry crossing around sunset or sunrise. Arguably one of the prettiest vistas on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, a waterfront sunset on the ferry can provide incredible views of the inlet, the small make-shift islands, and the clear blue open water that lies in between.
  • Curious as to how your ferry captain is doing? Keep your eye on the markers. Ferries are required to travel in between the blue and green markers that bob above the waters, and indicate the deep channel that was specifically cut for the ferries' passage. To get an idea of your exact route, simply step outside and look for the red and green channel markers that will indicate the way. As long as your ferry is in between these two markers, you're well on your way to a successful passage.

Passengers on the Hatteras Ocracoke ferry take in the view

The Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry has provided countless visitors with an incredible launching point for day trips, transportation, or just a new adventure on the Outer Banks. The brief but beautiful ride, which takes just 40-45 minutes, has become an annual tradition for seasoned vacationers, and one of the most enjoyable parts of a southern OBX vacation.

From the novelty of exploring the shops bordering the Hatteras terminal, to the thrill of maneuvering a car or truck over a temporary bridge that leads on board, travelers have been fascinated with ferries even since Capt. Tillet first took the wheel in the 1920s. On your next vacation, come celebrate the tradition of open water transport, and plan a trip to Ocracoke Island. With stunning scenery that captures the beauty of the Outer Banks, and a free excursion that won't put a damper on any budget, a Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry ride will offer every visitor a brand new perspective of the fragile Outer Banks.

Vehicles leaving the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry

Operations of the Ocracoke / Hatteras Ferry

The Ocracoke / Hatteras Ferry departs from both the Hatteras and Ocracoke terminals daily, including all major holidays, from 5:00 a.m. until midnight.

In the summer season, the ferry runs every 30 minutes from both sides during the prime ferry traffic hours, which is generally from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. This schedule gradually dwindles to every hour as the season progresses, and the need for every-half-hour rounds decreases. By the winter months of December, January and February, the ferry runs every hour, which is generally more than enough to serve the limited seasonal population.

The ferry boards on a first come, first serve basis, with no preferences given to locals or visitors. The only exception is those Ocracoke and handful of Hatteras residents who are given a "priority pass." This pass is given out to only a select number of locals whose transportation on or off the island is instrumental to government or Outer Banks business. Examples include employees of the US Coast Guard, the Emergency Medical Technicians, or any occupation where getting to Ocracoke or Hatteras Island quickly is instrumental in performing one's essential job.

Other Ocracoke services, such as US Postal Service or grocery deliveries, may also take precedence via a priority pass, although more often than not, these vehicles travel to Ocracoke Island via the mainland departing ferries for both convenience and proximity to their delivery hubs.

A line to board the Hatteras Ocracoke ferry moves quickly during the Summer when all ferries are running.

The wait to board the ferry all depends on the traffic. In the summer months when the seasonal population is high, visitors may have to wait anywhere between 15 minutes to several hours to board an incoming ferry. Thankfully, there are plenty of attractions nearby at both terminals to keep everyone entertained. Just be sure you are back at your vehicle before boarding.

Bicycles and foot traffic are almost always able to eek their way onboard, although vacationers from Hatteras should note that it is a good 13 miles from the Ocracoke ferry terminal to Ocracoke Village. That said, for folks on foot and bicycles, there are plenty of gorgeous beaches to explore just yards away from the ferry terminal, as well as vending machines and public restrooms for essential amenities before and after a beach trip.

Upon arriving, vehicles will be guided or "stacked" into lanes that border the ferry terminal on the Hatteras side, or will simply line up single file on the Ocracoke side. Please note that upon arriving at the Ocracoke terminal there will be two lanes - one for priority and one for regular ferry traffic. Be sure and stick to the regular ferry traffic lane, (which will usually be the longer of the two), unless you have a priority pass. On the Hatteras side, NCDOT employees will guide vehicles to the appropriate lanes.

Once in line, visitors can hop out of their vehicle and look around, but are advised to be back in their vehicles 10 minutes before the departure time. Ferries generally board about 5 minutes before leaving, and vehicles left behind will simply have to wait for the next run.

As noted, the ferry is free to all passengers, visitors and locals, and generally takes between 40-45 minutes depending on weather conditions. For visitors, the short run tends to fly by as they pass by Hatteras Inlet and some of the most scenic areas of the Outer Banks. Be sure and take a camera along, as it generally seems that as soon as you board, it's time to unload and depart again, and start a new island adventure.

Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry interior seating

The Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry Ride

When it's time to board, NCDOT staff will guide vehicles on board one by one. Be sure and pay attention to their directions as they lead you over the makeshift metal bridge and into a "parking space" on the ferry. Once positioned, drivers should turn off the vehicle, remove their keys, and set their emergency brakes. Once the ferry boat moves, they are free to step out and explore the vessel.

The front and back of the ferries are popular congregating spaces as they provide some of the best views of Hatteras Village and Ocracoke Island, either disappearing or slowing approaching on the horizon. Be sure and enjoy a little time outside enjoying the view, and don't forget to look down. In these shallow sound waters, with the deepest section being the channel that the ferry chugs through, it's not unusual to see blue crabs or small fish drifting by in the 5' feet of water that surround the boat.

For a little shade and a climate controlled environment, head up to the passengers lounge. This area is accessible via a staircase located near the front of the boat, and visitors can relax on padded benches in the air conditioned compartment that also features a water fountain and a wall of windows to take in the waterfront views. Bathrooms are also located on the lower deck, as well as life boats and life preservers in case of emergency, (although these items have rarely if ever been used in the North Carolina Ferry System's long history.)

Visitors may also want to note the name, details, colors and emblems of each boat. The ferries are named after historical Hatteras Island monikers, like the Chicamacomico or the Kinnakeet, and each ferry is "sponsored" by a North Carolina state-run university. Passengers with an eye for detail may notice the East Carolina University's signature purple and gold coloring, or the North Carolina State's famed wolfpack icon en route to Ocracoke or Hatteras Island.

Above all else, be sure and sit back and enjoy the ride. Leaving Hatteras, passengers will slowly churn by several miles of undeveloped Hatteras village soundfront before crossing the at-times choppy Hatteras Inlet and skirting towards the isolated Ocracoke ferry docks. Along the way, observant passengers will spot dozens of shorebirds, temporary sandbar islands that disappear with very high tides, and gorgeous open water views. Enjoy the scenery both to and from the island, as the view changes with every trip, and every time of day.

Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry terminal

The Hatteras Ferry Terminal

Visitors heading to Ocracoke Island via Hatteras may experience a little wait, depending on the season, but thankfully there are plenty of places to explore while in line.

The Hatteras Ferry terminal borders a shopping plaza that features everything a lingering vacationer could need, including boutiques that specialize in bathing suits, a watersports shop, a convenience store and deli, gift shops, and assorted food stands for easy bites on the go. The Hatteras Landing shopping center is in fact a popular idling location and shopper's destination, and on busy ferry days, provides plenty of entertainment for Ocracoke visitors.

One the other side of the stacking lanes, passengers will find the ferry's accommodating visitors' center, which includes a small gift shop and stand with local attraction literature, ferry employees on duty to answer questions, and a line of vending machines for everything from a cold soda to a bag of wheat crackers. There are also public restrooms as well as a collection of newspaper stands.

Once in line, visitors are free to hop out of their vehicles and explore the neighboring shops, attractions, and facilities, but are reminded to be back in their cars 10 minutes before the next scheduled departure time.

Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry terminal

The Ocracoke Ferry Terminal

The Ocracoke Ferry Terminal is certainly less developed than the Hatteras Ferry Terminal, and there are no major shopping plazas or privately-run businesses to greet visitors upon their arrival.

There is, however, extensive restroom and vending machine facilities that are sure to supply visitors with everything they could need for an enjoyable short wait, and a small "stand" bordering the actual docks where a NCDOT employee is generally stationed and available to answer questions.

The biggest diversion for Ocracoke Ferry Terminal passengers is, essentially, the beach, and folks in line will find at least three small sandy paths that wind from the stacking lanes to the shoreline, and are incredibly easy to access. At the end of these paths lies a quiet, soundside beach which is chock full of beautiful views and fantastic small seashell finds. Have fun beachcombing, just be sure and make sure your seashell isn't already occupied - a number of shells along these beaches are home to local hermit crabs. Also, make sure you don't miss the boat, although visitors to this area can usually see the next ferry chugging towards the ferry terminal minutes before it actually arrives.

History of the Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry

The roots of the North Carolina Ferry System, a subset of the NCDOT, begin in the Outer Banks with a privately run tug bug concoction that was operated by a local captain, J.B. Tillet. Tillet recognized the need of both locals and occasional visitors alike to get both on and off water-locked Hatteras Island, and began providing private ferry services across Oregon Inlet in the 1920s for a small fee.

By the 1930s, the service had become subsidized by the government in order to keep the fees affordable to ferry patrons, and after a while, the NCDOT simply bought out the ferry business in its entirety to provide passengers with reliable, government funded transport across the shallow inlet.

The route was so popular, with regular lines occurring on either side on a regular basis, that two monumental actions came about as a direct result of this first, locally run ferry. The first was that a bridge was approved and built to provide an easier route across the inlet, the Herbert C. Bonner bridge, and the second was that the NC Ferry System was established, with more routes set up along other areas of the coastline where transportation had previously been limited to just a privately run boat or ferry.

As a result, ferries popped up along the East Coast providing new visitors with access to coastal areas that were relatively unexplored. One of the most significant of these routes were the three new ferries that were added to provide passage to Ocracoke Island. These ferries included the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferries which departed from the mainland, and the Hatteras Ferry, which provided a quick little trip from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke.

Many Ocracoke locals continue to prefer this route for routine off-island trips, such as an optometrist or dentist visit, or a weekly trip to the Hatteras Island's only chain grocery store. But perhaps the biggest use of this ferry visit is for seasonal day trips or week-long vacations by visitors and Outer Banks locals alike. The ferry makes a trip to otherwise isolated Ocracoke Island a breeze, and a relaxing trip to boot.

Thanks to the early roots of the ferries, a trip to Ocracoke Island is a tradition for many Outer Banks vacationers, and the small town of Ocracoke is the most visited town in all of Hyde County, North Carolina. This is quite a feat for a home that is located 30 miles offshore, and miles away from the rest of the county mainland.

On your next vacation to any portion of the Outer Banks, make your own personal salute to the ferries' history by taking a ride across the Pamlico Sound and exploring the small town of Ocracoke. En route or waiting in line, admiring the massive ferries that chug by on a regular basis, it will surely be hard to imagine that just a few decades ago, the only transportation to these southern regions of the Outer Banks was only by a small, locally run tug boat. Next time on board, be sure and tip your cap to the enterprising Captain Tillet for turning a small business into a standard method of transport to some of the Outer Banks' most beautiful locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry?

The Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry is a free vehicular ferry that connects the southern end of Hatteras Island with the northern end of Ocracoke Island, via a crossing across Hatteras Inlet.

Who runs the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry?

The Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry is managed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Ferry System Division.

Where is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

The docks for the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry are located on the edge of Hatteras village next to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and on the undeveloped northern borders of Ocracoke Island. The ferry route is situated on the southern end of the Outer Banks, at the tip of Hatteras Island.

How much is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

The Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry is free to all passengers, and all vehicles.

How long is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry ride?

The Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry ride is approximately 60 minutes long per crossing.

Can you take pets on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Pets are allowed on the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry. Dogs are allowed to exit the vehicle and explore the main deck of the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry, provided they are on a leash at all times. 

Can you walk on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Though the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry is a vehicular ferry, passengers are welcome to walk on board. Passengers going to Ocracoke should note that the Ocracoke ferry docks are 13 miles from the closest community, Ocracoke Village.

Can you ride a bike on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Bicycles are welcome on the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry, although riders heading to Ocracoke will want to note that the Ocracoke ferry docks are 13 miles away from the island’s main community, Ocracoke village.

Can you take a vehicle on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Vehicles of all types that can legally operate on a highway (including cars, motorcycles, trucks, RVs and even tractor trailers), are allowed on the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry.

Can the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry accommodate large vehicles?

The Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry can accommodate all types of large vehicles that are legally allowed on the highway, including large trucks, trucks with trailers, RVs, and tractor trailers

Can you make a reservation for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

There are no reservations for the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry.

How do you get a priority pass for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Individuals that must use the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry to provide business services to Ocracoke Island may apply for a priority pass, which allows them to board the ferry first. The priority pass is given to businesses, vendors, and individuals who travel back and forth more than twice a week, and are issued on an as-need basis at the beginning of the year.

What are the busiest days for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

In the summer months, the busiest days for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry are generally Monday through Friday, and especially days in the middle of the week. The most popular crossing times from Hatteras are between 9 a.m. and noon, while the most popular crossing times from Ocracoke are between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

When is the best time of day to go on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

In the summer months, when the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry traffic is at its peak, the best time to depart Hatteras is in the early morning, (before 9 a.m.), and in the afternoon and evenings. The best time to depart Ocracoke is in the mornings and early afternoons, generally before 2 p.m.

Are there restrooms on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

There are public restrooms on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry.

Can you smoke on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry, which includes all outside decks, the passenger lounge, and inside a personal vehicle.

Can you drink alcoholic beverages on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Alcohol is not allowed anywhere on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry, which includes individual vehicles, outside decks, and the passenger lounge.

Can you fish off the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Fishing is not allowed off the decks of the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry.

How are the Hatteras – Ocracoke ferries named?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferries are generally named after the historic monikers of Ocracoke and Hatteras Island, such as “Croatan,” “Chicamacomico,” and “Kinnakeet.” In addition, each ferry is sponsored by a college or university that’s found in the state of North Carolina.

How many vehicles can the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry carry?

The number of vehicles that can fit on the Hatteras – Ocracoke ferries depend on the individual vehicle type, (like cars versus RVs or trucks with trailers.) In general, 30-50 vehicles can typically fit onboard a Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry.

Are there vending machines on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

There are no vending machines onboard the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry, however, vending machines are found at both ferry terminals on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

Is there food onboard the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

There is no food or drink available on board the Hatteras – Ocracoke ferries. There are water fountains, however, which are located in the ferries’ passenger lounges.

Is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry air conditioned?

The passenger lounge of the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry is climate controlled, and has heat in the winter months, and air conditioning in the summer months.

Is there a passenger lounge on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Every Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry does have a passenger lounge, which is located on the second level of the vessel. The passenger lounges are climate controlled, and feature seating and a drinking fountain.

Can you get out of your vehicles on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

All passengers can exit their vehicles and explore the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry, but must wait until the ferry is in motion, and has departed the terminal docks.

Can you feed seagulls off the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Passengers are not allowed to feed seagulls off of the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry.

When does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry board?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry typically starts boarding about 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. So a 5 p.m. ferry would start boarding at approximately 4:50 p.m. All passengers are urged to be in their vehicles 15 minutes before the actual departure time to ensure a smooth boarding process.

What happens if you miss the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

If you are not in your vehicle when the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry starts boarding, the ferry personnel will direct the other vehicles behind you to pass your vehicle in order to board the vessel. Once you return, you can move your vehicle back in line.

How late does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry run?

The last crossing for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry from both Hatteras and Ocracoke islands is midnight, all year long.

When does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry start running?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry starts running at 5 a.m. from Hatteras, and 4:30 or 5 a.m. from Ocracoke, depending on the time of year. From May 15 to October 15, the ferry departs Ocracoke at 5 a.m., except for Sundays, when it departs at 4:30 a.m.

How often does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry run?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry generally runs every half hour from both Hatteras and Ocracoke from May 15 to October 1, and roughly every hour in the off-season. In the spring and fall months, the ferry has crossings every half hour during peak times of the day.

Does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry run in storms or hurricanes?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry suspends operations during hurricanes and tropical systems, as well as during storms with high wind speeds, (which are generally classified as storms with 30 mph sustained winds or higher.)

At what wind speeds does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry stop running?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry will not operate during severe weather conditions, with sustained wind speeds of roughly 30 mph or more, due to safety concerns.

Where are the docks for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

The docks for the Hatteras terminal of the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry are located on the southern edge of Hatteras village, next to the Hatteras Landing Shopping Plaza and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. The docks for the Ocracoke terminal are located on the northern edge of Ocracoke Island, on the borders of Hatteras Inlet.

How long do you have to wait for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry?

Wait times for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry are all dependent on ferry traffic, which in turn varies based on time of year, and time of day. At peak summertime crossing times, visitors may need to wait an hour or more to board the ferry, while winter visitors can often “drive right on” with no wait.

How far is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry from Ocracoke village?

The Ocracoke ferry terminal is 13 miles from the edge of Ocracoke village.

How far is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry from the Ocracoke beaches?

The Ocracoke ferry terminal is adjacent to the Ocracoke beaches, and visitors will find an ORV ramp as well as a parking area less than a mile away from the Hatteras – Ocracoke ferry docks.

How far is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry from the Ocracoke wild ponies?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry is a little more than six miles away from the Ocracoke Pony Pen, which is where visitors will have the best chance of spotting the famed wild Ocracoke ponies.

How far is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry from Hatteras village?

The Hatteras village ferry terminal is located on the southern end of Hatteras village, and is walking-distance close to a number of restaurants, shops, attractions, beaches, motels, vacation rentals, and marinas.

Has the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry ever run aground?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry has run aground on occasion due to shoaling in the ferry channel that cuts through Hatteras Inlet. Generally, the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry can maneuver through these instances and start travelling again with ease.

Does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry operate year-round?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Ferry operates year round, with slightly fewer crossings in the winter months.

Is there a Hatteras – Ocracoke tunnel?

There is no tunnel between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, although a popular bumper sticker that says “Hatteras / Ocracoke Tunnel Pass” can often be spotted on vehicles around the Outer Banks.


What is the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry is an upcoming ferry that will provide transportation to passengers from Hatteras village to Ocracoke village starting in the summer of 2018. It is the first and only passenger ferry in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry System.

When will the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry open?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry is schedule to open in the summer of 2018, and likely by the end of June.

How much does it cost to ride the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry will cost $15 per person for a round-trip ticket, which will also include free tram service on Ocracoke Island.

Will there be food and drink on board the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

Currently, there is not slated to be food and drink available on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry. However, there are vending machines available at both ferry terminals, and a number of stores and restaurants close to both terminals as well.

Are carry-on items allowed on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

Small carry-on items, such as backpacks and purses, are allowed on the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry. Due to limited space, large items – like big coolers and luggage – will not be allowed.

Where does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry land on Ocracoke Island?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry provides transport to the docks in Ocracoke Village, close to the Visitors Center and the public parking area, on the edge of Silver Lake.

Where does the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry land on Hatteras Island?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry launches and lands next to the vehicular ferry terminal, near the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and the Hatteras Landing shopping center.

Do you need a reservation for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

Reservations are not required for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry, but will be available for crossings. Passengers with reservations must check in at least 30 minutes in advance of their scheduled departure time.

Where can you park for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

There will be 148 parking spaces available at the Hatteras ferry terminal for folks who want to board the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry. Additional parking in Ocracoke is also available near the main visitors’ center.

Is there a lounge onboard the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry will have covered and enclosed areas for passengers, as well as outdoor decks.

Can you bring a bicycle on board the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry will have bike racks for visitors who want to bring a bicycle on board the ferry.

Is there a waiting area for the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry will have covered and / or enclosed waiting areas at both ferry terminals on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

How do you get around Ocracoke Island once you have departed the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry?

Because the Hatteras – Ocracoke Passenger Ferry lands on the edge of the village, most all shops, restaurants, and attractions are easily accessible by foot. Tram service will also be available for transportation to varying landmarks, as well as the Ocracoke Island beaches.

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Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry en-route

Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry en-route

Passengers on the Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry

Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry vehicle line



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Miller's Seafood and Steakhouse

Miller's Seafood and Steakhouse

Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse has been a favorite among locals and visitors for more forty years. Offering delicious southern cuisine for both breakfast and dinner in a casual family atmosphere infused with coastal flair, it’s no wonder this Kill Devil Hills restaurant is a family tradition for so many. You’ll love waking up to favorites like biscuits and gravy, farm fresh eggs and buttermilk pancakes. Dinner options are just as tempting with menu items that include the freshest Outer Banks Catch seafood, she crab soup, Angus beef and fried green tomatoes just to name a few. Not only does Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse offer great breakfast and dinner options, Miller’s newest menu item – Hawaiian/American Fusion Sushi – is sure to please the sushi lover in you. From the Miller’s Roll that combines tempura fried crispy lobster tail with tantalizing ingredients to the High Tide and OBX Roller, guests will love choosing from a delicious variety of sushi options developed and prepared by Miller’s expert Sushi chef.


Along with its scrumptious cuisine, Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse offers a warm friendly atmosphere coupled with genuine Outer Banks hospitality. You’ll discover that not only is Miller’s a tradition for so many, it’s also a Miller family tradition. Two generations of Millers have worked side by side to make the Kill Devil Hills restaurant a favorite for all who pass through its doors. Owners Brian and Beth Miller want guests to feel at home and can often be found making rounds to check on customers and mingle with them as they dine.


Here at Miller’s, everyone is treated like family as they experience an unforgettable dining experience. Large parties are also welcome, making it perfect for extended families to enjoy dining together on their Outer Banks vacation. Come on in and see for yourself why Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse is more than just a great restaurant. It’s a tradition.


It was 1978 when Eddie and Lou Miller first opened Miller’s Seafood and Steakhouse. As a teenager, their son Brian spent his summers working in the restaurant, getting familiar with the family business. After college, Brian and his wife Beth came back to Kill Devil Hills and began working together at Miller’s. Brian and Beth officially purchased the restaurant from Eddie and Lou in 2007. A few years later they opened American Pie together, and both restaurants now carry on the Miller family tradition of quality, excellence and hospitality.

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Donutz on a Stick

Donutz on a Stick

Stay, Play and Eat- Donuts, Ice Cream & Coffee Treats! Located on the Duck Boardwalk, behind Dockside Seafood, this breakfast & Dessert-Shop features treats you've never tasted before! Try the hot, made to order, donutz on a stick with more than 35 toppings! They'll melt in your mouth! Or try the Gluten-Free Donuts; limited quantities, daily. Plus, try any or all of the 9 flavors of homemade tastefully twisted soft serve. Frozen yogurt, sorbets, sherbet, hand dipped and homemade ice cream flavors.


Unique coffees, sodas and espresso that will satisfy the whole family. Mix-and-match nostalgic candies and much more. Bring the carnival to your mouth and eat it like nobody’s watchin’! Donutz-On-A-Stick- where visual stimulation meets taste bud overload!


Carnival Treats at the Beach—With Flavorful Creations and Allergy-Friendly Options, Donutz on a Stick Serves Up Sweet Treats for Everyone


David and Stephanie were not always in the business of carnival confections. In fact, Stephanie was a fitness instructor and David worked in the computer field. But he loved donuts and she loved ice cream, and when they saw an opportunity to bring their favorite treats to beachgoers, they jumped on it.


In 2014, the couple opened their first Donutz on a Stick—a family-run, family-friendly dessert shop on the boardwalk. They quickly realized that in order to serve everyone, they would need to get creative. “We had a family who would come in, and one of the little boys would have to wait by the door because of his gluten allergy,” David says. “That didn’t sit well with us. We wanted everyone to come under the same roof no matter what kind of allergies they had. And we continue to work towards that goal.”


The Williams’ daughter Desireé spent six weeks experimenting until she created a gluten-free donut that was totally safe and delicious. Gluten-free donuts are now a huge part of the business, with more than 1,000 being served each day, just out of the Duck location. But you will want to call or stop by to reserve them in advance.


The Williams’ other three children, David, Justin and Christian, have all invented menu items as well, such as Christian’s donut milkshake, which features hot and fresh cooked donuts blended into a milkshake with another donut on top making it picture perfect.


While all the Williams have created menu items, the most popular pick—the donut sundae—was actually a happy accident.


“We were being featured in a local magazine and we could only have one photo for the article,” David says. Since both ice cream and donuts were equally popular, “we built the donut sundae for the photo and we discovered after the photoshoot that it tasted amazing. It was completely serendipitous.”


The Williams family is constantly creating and improving upon their recipes. At the heart of it all is a desire to see everyone come in and enjoy an experience together. They want to bring the carnival to your mouth.


“No matter how busy we are—even if there’s a line down the boardwalk—every customer gets that engagement and service from us,” they say.


The family has since opened a second location in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.