Ocracoke express passenger ferry service begins

HARKERS ISLAND, NC (WITN) Starting Monday, people traveling between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village will have a new travel option.

In addition to the car ferries that already serve the popular route, visitors will have the Ocracoke Express passenger-only ferry as an option.

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division says that after two free preview days on May 2021, the passenger ferry service will run seven days a week from May 22 through Sept. 5.

The division is leasing the ferry, the M/V Martha’s Vineyard Express, from the New Jersey-based ferry company Seastreak Marine. This week, the vessel successfully completed test runs of the route in the Pamlico Sound.

The ferry will make three round trips daily through the summer, departing from the Hatteras terminal at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m., and departing the Ocracoke Silver Lake Terminal at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.

A one-way trip takes approximately 70 minutes.

An initial cost of $1 each way will begin May 22. There will be no extra charge for bicycles.

Passengers who would like to walk on to the passenger ferry should proceed to the Hatteras Terminal at least 20 minutes before departure time.