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The Daufuskie Island Ferry
Connecting Hilton Head and Daufuskie Island.

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


You MUST have arranged land transportation BEFORE you arrive.

Call us for assistance.

Land Transportation A MUST!

For help with renting a golf cart,
call us.

The OFFICIAL Ferry Service
to and from Daufuskie Island

Buckingham Landing
(at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge)
35 Fording Island Road Exd, Hilton Head 29926


Ferry reservations are FREE and strongly recommended.
Tickets are not dated and can be used with any reservation.
Round-trip tickets are $35 per person
Children under 6 years of age FREE.
Daytime parking is FREE.
Overnight parking is $10 per night.
Items that you are able carry-on without assistance are FREE.
Yes even bicycles are FREE!

Ferry Schedule

Custom Water Taxi Service

Special departures from Buckingham Landing at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge or from Daufuskie Island can be scheduled for up to 49 passengers.  Call 843-940-7704.


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.


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 FREE and are STRONGLY recommended.  Click here or click on the RESERVATION tab above to make reservations.
  • Tickets are $35 round trip per person and can be used with any reservation.  Because travel plans change, actual tickets are NOT dated.  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 having land transportation waiting for you when you arrive on the island, call 843-940-7704.
  • On Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, the ferry operates 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.

Tickets & Reservations

Because travel plans change, actual tickets are NOT dated.   They are good any time.   To reserve an actual seat on a specific ferry, please make reservations. (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.)

Please note that ferry reservations are not to be confused with tickets.  There is no charge for reservations but they are strongly recommended.

Passengers are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid delays in boarding. Because they are not dated, tickets can be used with any reservation.

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. If the ferry is full, you may be asked to show this emailed acknowledgement to the crew when boarding the ferry.

Tickets can also be purchased by credit card when you board the ferry although purchasing them ahead of time can avoid boarding delays.  Remember, tickets are not dated so be sure to make reservations.   Click here to make reservations.

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 or $100/month.   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.

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:

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 .

Pictures Speak Louder than Words
And So Do Videos

Bring your bicycles (FREE) and explore the backroads of Daufuskie or rent a golf cart and follow our maps for a self-guided tour of the island.

Bicycles are a perfect way to get around.

Bring your bicycles – a perfect way to discover the island (FREE)!

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

Daufuskie Island ferry has an incredible crew!
They move mountains just for you.
Give them a cheer and a big thank-you!

Personal & Delightful – not a crowded tour boat.

Getting Here is Half the Fun.

Daufuskie – Minutes Away yet Worlds Apart.


General Rules of Conduct

Please observe the following general rules of conduct.

  • Passengers must wait in the designated waiting area 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).
  • Eating is not permitted in the enclosed cabin. Drinking from glass containers is not allowed. Food and beverages are allowed on the aft open deck only.
  • 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