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Hatteras-Ocracoke Route Service Increases

Motorists line up to wait for the Hatteras-Ocracoke Island ferry. Photo: ShareAlike

The North Carolina Ferry Division will increase service between Hatteras and Ocracoke from seven to 15 departures per day starting Wednesday.

The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the adjusted schedule is in response to Outer Banks communities preparing to reopen to visitors this weekend. Dare and Hyde counties plan to reopen to visitors on Saturday.

All other ferry routes will continue operating on the same schedules put in place March 30 in response to Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order and will remain in place until further notice.

The Ferry Division will continue to encourage passengers to remain in their vehicles or stand at least 6 feet from others while on board to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The schedule is as follows:

Currituck-Knotts Island
Service temporarily suspended.

Hatteras-Ocracoke
From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight.

From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Cedar Island-Ocracoke
From Cedar Island: 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
From Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Swan Quarter-Ocracoke
From Swan Quarter: 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
From Ocracoke: 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach
From Cherry Branch: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
From Minnesott Beach: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Bayview-Aurora
From Bayview: 5:45 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.
From Aurora: 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Southport-Fort Fisher
Route closed for a ramp replacement project.

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