We would like to Thank all of our wonderful customers for helping to make Island Express Ferry Service # 1 of Things to Do in Beaufort on TripAdvisor!!

What To Bring

  • Water - Stay hydrated.
  • Trash bags - The trash you make is the trash you take. Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks are trash-free islands.
  • Sunblock, hat and sunglasses are essential.
  • Two FREE carry-ons are allowed per person, such as: Tote, backpack, folding chair, small cooler, etc. Extra bags or oversized items are allowed for an additional fee.
  • Any large item (not a carry-on, with a large footprint) is allowed for a fee.
  • Lightweight compact folding chairs, coolers and umbrellas are permitted.
  • Limit two fishing poles per passenger. Hooks must be removed before boarding. 
  • Drinks, snacks or picnic lunch.
  • Insect Repellant.
  • Pets allowed on the boats for a small fee, but remember that all pets must remain on leashes 6' or shorter.

What NOT To Bring

  • Due to restricted space, large items such as wagons, non-folding luggage carriers, large folding chairs, huge strollers, etc. will be accommodated as space permits for an additional charge. 
  • Glass bottles are prohibited. 
  • Highly flammable liquids are not allowed on the boats. 
  • Spear guns prohibited. 
Find a detailed marine forecast here. Find information on tides and currents here.

Today's Schedule

We are the ONLY ferry service authorized to drop off at Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks!

12/13/18 UPDATE:  Due to rough sea conditions, we will not be sailing out of BEAUFORT only on Saturday & Sunday, 12/15 & 12/16. We will be sailing on our winter schedule out of HARKERS ISLAND.

Please note our revised Winter Schedule from 12/1/18 - 2/28/19.  We will be sailing weekends only except for 12/21 - 1/1 and 2/14 - 2/28 at which times we will be sailing daily. We are closed 12/25. Departures are at 9am, 11am & 1pm from Beaufort & Harkers Island. Return pick-ups are at 11:30am & 3:30pm

Book ONLINE or

Please call us at



Departing Beaufort every hour beginning at 9:00 am


 Departing Harkers Island every hour beginning at 9:15 am