RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina Ferry System switched to its peak season schedule Tuesday on its popular Hatteras-Ocracoke route as summer draws near.
The number of daily trips on the route will double from 18 departures from each side to 36. The summer schedule will run through Oct. 10.
In addition, the Ferry Division is encouraging travelers to make their trips to Ocracoke Island earlier in the day to avoid peak travel times that can sometimes lead to long wait times.
“Our statistics show that people who arrive at Hatteras before 9 a.m. can usually avoid long lines,” said Ferry Division Communications Officer Tim Hass, “and if they travel between Friday and Monday have an even better chance of getting onto a ferry quickly.”
On May 24, the Ferry Division will increase Ocracoke access via its Pamlico Sound routes, with five daily round trips from Cedar Island and four from Swan Quarter beginning May 24. Those summer schedules will last through Sept. 26.