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"Sea" What You've Been Missing

Ferry service began along the Outer Banks in the mid 1920's as a private operation shuttling passengers across Oregon Inlet. The state began subsidizing the service in 1934, and in 1947 the state transportation department started operating regular ferry service. Today, North Carolina boasts one of the nation's largest state-operated systems.

Linking Coastal Communities

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division operates seven routes providing a vital link for both citizens and visitors between points along the glorious North Carolina coastline. Ferry service is available year-round for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle passengers, with trips varying in length from 20 minutes between Cherry Branch and Minnessott Beach to 2.5 hours between Swan Quarter and Ockracoke. With a fleet of more than 20 vessels, the state ferry system provides access to coastal communities, fishing villages and unspoiled beaches.

The fleet is based in Morehead City with maintenance and repairs on all the vessels completed by ferry personnel at the shipyard in Manns Harbor. Each crew member has been trained to ensure that your trip is pleasant, safe and comfortable.

 

 

For Schedules of Other Routes Call:
 1-800 BY FERRY



CHERRY BRANCH - MINNESOTT BEACH

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*Scheduled Spring-Start

Crossing:
30-Minutes
Capacity: 18-cars
Fare-Free

Truckers:
For Information about vehicle weight and size limitations, call the specific location

Departures are subject to change due to mechanical failure or weather conditions

Crossing-20 Minutes
Capacity-30 cars
Fare-Free

For Schedules of Other Routes Call:
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www.ncferry.org

Other routes include:
Southport - Fort Fisher
Cedar Island - Ocracoke
Hatteras - Ocracoke
Ocracoke - Swan Quarter
Currituck - Corolla

Requires reservations

Unforgettable Experience

     Since the mid-1920s, ferries have connected the coastal communities of Eastern North Carolina.  The Original ferries were privately operated.   Although they provided few passenger amenities, they were vital to life in the region's small communities.  Ferries provided transportation for goods, medical supplies and other services needed for everyday life. In 1934, the state of North Carolina began subsidizing these private services.  The North Carolina Transportation Department established the N.C. Ferry Division in 1947.

    Today,  North Carolina boasts one of the largest ferry systems in the United States.  Each year 2.3 million residents and visitors ride the ferries.   If you travel by ferry, you can discover pristine beaches, world-class fishing, romantic sunsets and other unforgettable experiences.  Ride one of the North Carolina ferries and "Sea What You've Been Missing."

  Traveling on the North Carolina Ferry System is an unforgettable experience that gives you a bird's eye view of clear blue water and sandy beaches. On your next visit to eastern North Carolina, take a moment to enjoy the view from the water. Ride one of the North Carolina ferries and "Sea What You've Been Missing."


Information provided courtesy of North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division
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