The OFFICIAL Ferry Service
to and from Daufuskie Island
35 Fording Island Road Exd, Hilton Head 29926
THE RESILIENT DAUFUSKIE ISLAND WELCOMES YOU!
Ferry reservations are strongly recommended.
Daytime parking is FREE.
Overnight parking is $10 per night.
Round-trip tickets are $35 per person (children under 6 years of age FREE).
Items that you are able carry-on without assistance are FREE.
Yes even bicycles are FREE!
THE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE!
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
On these holidays, the ferry will be operating on a reduced schedule leaving Buckingham Landing/Hilton Head at 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM and leaving Melrose Landing/Daufuskie at 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.
Special departures from Buckingham or from Melrose can be scheduled for up to 6 passengers. Call 843-940-7704.
REGULAR DAILY 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.
|DEPARTING HILTON HEAD’S
|7:00 am||8:30 am|
|10:00 am||11:30 am|
|1:00 pm||2:30 pm|
|4:00 pm||5:30 pm|
Transit time is approximately one hour. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.
- Reservations are STRONGLY recommended. Click here or click on the RESERVATION tab above to make reservations. Please note that ferry reservations are not to be confused with tickets. There is no charge for reservations but they are important since they let us monitor the occupancy of the boat.
- Click here to purchase ferry tickets or click on the PURCHASE TICKETS tab above. For assistance with purchasing tickets or making reservations, call the office at 843-940-7704.
- 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 arranging to have land transportation waiting for you when you arrive on the island, call 843-940-7704.
Tickets & Reservations
Because travel plans change, actual tickets are NOT dated. They are good any time. (Island property owners with a valid Breeze ID can use their county tickets. Call the Breeze office at 843-757-5782 for more information about securing county tickets.) To reserve an actual seat on a specific ferry, please make reservations.
Please note that ferry reservations are not to be confused with tickets. There is no charge for reservations but they are important since they let us monitor the occupancy of the boat.
Passengers are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid delays in boarding.
Round-trip tickets are $35 (children 5 and under are free). To purchase your open tickets now, click here. If purchased on our website, a payment receipt for your ticket purchase will be emailed to you. Show this emailed receipt to the crew when you board the ferry and they will honor your purchase. Tickets can also be purchased by credit card when you board the ferry. Remember, your tickets are not dated so be sure to make reservations.
When you make reservations for the ferry on this website, an email will be sent to you acknowledging your reservation (check your junk mail). Click here to make reservations.
If the ferry is full, you may be asked to show this emailed acknowledgement to the crew when boarding the ferry.
Cargo & Carry-On Items
There is NO charge for normal cargo – carry-on items which you carry on board yourself (including groceries, small household items, luggage, and sports equipment – and even bicycles).
If you need assistance in carrying on an item(s), place it in the drop-off area and the crew will assist you. If you are coming with luggage and carry-on baggage, please be aware that the crew is not permitted to handle open bags (such as grocery bags or open duffle bags) since they cannot be responsible if items fall out and get lost. If you have OPEN bags, please put them in a shipping box to avoid loss. If you need boxes, they can be purchased at the dock (2 boxes for $5).
There is a $20 charge for transporting any unaccompanied items (items belonging to passengers who are not on board). Cargo and freight ship on a first-come first-served basis. During peak travel times, cargo and freight may be held until the next available ferry. Freight shipments (larger items which require special handling) will be transported on a space-available basis. Charges are as follows: small freight (up to 1/2 of a trailer) $25; regular freight (from 1/2 trailer to 1 trailer) $40; larger freight (requiring the use of 1 long trailer) $50.
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 large cargo, a barge service with the capacity to carry tractor trailers, large buses, and construction equipment to Daufuskie Island is available. Call 843-247-5378 to reserve barge transportation.
Daytime parking is free. Overnight parking is $10 per night. Parking Permits are required for overnight parking.
Parking permits can be purchased from a crew member at boarding time or you can pay for your parking from this website (Use the PARKING tab in the main menu.)
Please park in spaces clearly marked for vehicles. If you purchase your parking pass here, you will receive a purchase 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. A remote economy parking lot is being considered for sometime in the future.
For rules of conduct while riding the ferry, click here.
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:
Bloody Point Carts – 843-341-5566
Daufuskie Carts – 843-341-2327
Tour Daufuskie – 843-842-9449
Island Carts – 843-505-3937
Sports Addiction Bicycles Rentals – 843-815-8281.
Daufuskie Transit – (843) 338-2570
Provides transportation between your rental and the dock .