The Daufuskie Island Ferry provides ferry transportation between
the Hilton Head Island area and Daufuskie Island.

You MUST secure land transportation BEFORE you arrive.

Don't be stranded at the dock!

Land Transportation A MUST!

For golf cart rental information,
call 843-940-7704.

The Daufuskie Island Ferry Provides Service to Daufuskie from Hilton Head’s Buckingham Landing

The Daufuskie Island Ferry Service runs from Buckingham Landing (35 Fording Island Road Exd, Hilton Head 29926) to and from Daufuskie Island on the schedule shown below.

Ferry Schedule

The Daufuskie Island Ferry Service runs from Buckingham Landing (35 Fording Island Road Exd, Hilton Head 29926) to and from Daufuskie Island on the following schedule.

Tickets are $35.00 round-trip.  Children 5 and under travel for free.  There is no charge for normal cargo such as personal items including groceries, small household items, luggage, and sports equipment which are the property of a passenger on board.

Departing Hilton Head’s
Buckingham Landing
Departing Daufuskie’s
Melrose Landing
7:00 am 8:30 am
10:00 am 11:30 am
1:00 pm 2:30 pm
4:00 pm 5:30 pm
9:00 pm
10:15 pm

Transit time is approximately one hour.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.

  • Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Click here or click on the RESERVATION tab above.
  • Click here to purchase ferry tickets or click on the PURCHASE TICKETS tab above.
  • For directions to Buckingham Landing, click here.
  • Daytime parking is FREE.  Overnight parking is $10/night.  To purchase a parking permit, click here.
  • With virtually no cars on the island, golf carts and bicycles are the norm.   For information about having  land transportation waiting for you when you arrive on the island, call 843-940-7704.

For barge service with the capacity to carry tractor trailers, large buses, and construction equipment to Daufuskie Island, call 843-247-5378 to reserve your barge transportation.


There is ample parking.    Single-day parking is FREE.  Overnight parking is $10.00 per night.  All passengers with vehicles will receive a parking pass to place on the vehicle’s dash board.  Please park in spaces clearly marked for vehicles.  If you purchase your parking pass here, you will receive a payment receipt email as proof of payment.   Just show this receipt to the captain and he will then provide you with an authorized parking pass to place on your car’s dashboard.

When arriving, please be considerate of the people who live in the area. This includes driving slowly, radios turned off or at low volume, no littering, and parking only in designated areas. If a car or motorized vehicle does not have an appropriate sticker or valid dash board permit, it may be towed.   There will be economy parking in a remote area as soon as it is completed.


Tickets can be purchased on-line (click here), or when boarding the ferry. Visitors are strongly encouraged to make ferry boat reservations and purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid delays in boarding.  If you do not have a ticket, please be prepared to present a valid credit card.  No cash is accepted on board the ferry.

Tickets for the Daufuskie Island Ferry are $35.00 round trip. Children 5 years old and under ride for free. Palmetto Breeze tickets are accepted.   For more information about Palmetto Breeze tickets, please call 843-757-5782.


There is no additional charge for the normal cargo belonging to a passenger on board.  Normal cargo is defined as personal items such as groceries, small household items, luggage, and sports equipment which are the responsibility of a passenger on board. There is a extra charge for unaccompanied cargo. Cargo ships on a first-come first-served basis. During peak travel times, cargo may be held until the next available ferry. Freight fees for light cargo are waived at the discretion of the Captain to facilitate recovery efforts.  Containers with gasoline are strictly prohibited. To help us better serve you, please include boarding concerns such as  excessive cargo, building materials, equipment or physical disabilities when you make your reservation.

For rules of conduct while riding the ferry, click here.

Land Transportation

Whether you are just spending the day or staying a week, you will need land transportation. Some rental properties include a golf cart in which case you just need transportation to get to there. When a property does not include a cart, you may need to rent one for your entire stay. If your rental agency has not arranged for your land transportation, here are some options:

Tour Daufuskie
Golf cart rentals and island tours – 843-842-9449

Daufuskie Carts
Reserve a great golf cart and your seat on the ferry with just one phone call – 843-341-2327

Island Carts
Golf cart rentals by the hour, day or week – 843-505-3937

Bloody Point
Golf cart rentals by the hour, day or week-843-341-5566.

Freeport Marina
Golf cart rentals and island tours – 843-342-8687

Sports Addiction
Bicycles Rentals – all kinds of bikes for adults and kids 843-815-8281.

Daufuskie Transit
Provides transportation between your rental and the dock – (843) 338-2570.

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Delightful, Comfortable, Dependable, Affordable, Professional, Memorable!

Great for Group Cruises and Excursions too.

Personal & Delightful - not a crowded tour boat.

Daufuskie - minutes away and yet worlds apart.
To review our Adventure Packages, click here.

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General Rules of Conduct

Please observe the following general rules of conduct.

  • Passengers must wait on the dock until the boarding call is made.
  • Smoking is not allowed on any Daufuskie Island Ferry.
  • Firearms are not permitted on any Daufuskie Island Ferry.
  • Passengers must be appropriately dressed (shoes and shirts are required).
  • No eating nor drinking on any Daufuskie Island Ferry with the exception of bottled water.  No glass containers are allowed.
  • Guide dogs or trained personal assistant animals can accompany their owners.  Passengers with personal pets must keep them in the designated area.
  • Riding Daufuskie Island Ferry is a privilege. Please behave politely and do not disturb others.
  • Please use headphones when listening to your radio / CD / MP3 player.
  • The Daufuskie Island Ferry service accepts credit cards, and printed tickets which can be purchased on-line. No exceptions will be made. If you have any questions about purchasing Daufuskie Island Ferry tickets, please call 843-940-7704.
  • Please make sure to take all belongings when leaving the ferry. If you find something that has been lost, please give it to the staff. Please call the Daufuskie Island Ferry office with lost and found inquiries at 843-940-7704. Daufuskie Island Ferry is not responsible for personal belongings.

Daufuskie Island Ferry Service information: 843-940-7704.

 About Buckingham Landing

  • Lots of Parking
  • Covered Waiting Area
  • Less Traffic
  • Expanded ferry schedule
  • Actual address: 35 Fording Island Road Exd, Hilton Head, SC 29926

Directions to Buckingham Landing

From Hilton Head

Take  US 278W to Fording Island Rd Exd.     Immediately after you pass under the Bluffton Pkwy overpass, take a sharp left onto Fording Island Rd. Exd. (Watch for Wesley’s Fruit Stand.)  The road ends at the landing.


From Bluffton

Go east on 278.  After you pass thru the Moss Creek traffic light, stay in the right lane.   Fording Island Road Extension will be your next right.    It is a slight right turn just before the Fruit Stand by the Bluffton Overpass.  The road ends at the Landing.

Actual address for your GPS:  35 Fording Island Road Exd, Hilton Head, SC 29926