Getting to Daufuskie2021-04-29T15:03:44-04:00

3 Reasons to Take the Official Daufuskie Island Ferry

or Give a Trip to Daufuskie as a Gift!

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Young or Younger.  Old or Older.  Everone will find something to enjoy.   Daufuskie is ageless.

Let your feet breath. Let your dog dream. Let your tastes savor. Everything is better on Daufuskie Island!

Happy Birthday to our 90-something special passenger! Thanks for letting us help you plan your day. Daufuskie is the perfect place for celebrations!

An addition to the daily schedule on the official
Daufuskie Island Ferry Service to Daufuskie

A first-class, high-speed, small-boat service to Daufuskie.

A seamless experience from the time you board your private shuttle at the Visitor Center until you arrive on Daufuskie.  No crowds.  No hassle.  No more than 16 passengers per departure.


To make a reservation on the Daufuskie EXPRESS ($49.00), CLICK HERE

For more information, call   843-940-7704.
$49.00 round trip per person

Face Coverings Required

The Daufuskie Island Ferry is again running its full schedule.  Following SC’s DHEC requirements regarding the COVID- 19 virus, all ferry passengers must wear face coverings in accordance with the directives below.  Please be aware that when you purchase your ferry ticket you are entering a contractual agreement with the Daufuskie Island Ferry to follow its policies.

  • All passengers are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth throughout the entire passage, including while loading/unloading luggage and cargo, while in the waiting areas, on the docks and while on board the ferry inside the cabin or on open decks.
  • Small children who are not able to maintain a face covering are exempt from this requirement.  Face covering guidance is provided on  the CDC website.
  • The application of hand sanitizer prior to boarding will continue as consistent with past practice.

Catching the Ferry


The normal daily ferry schedule except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day is as follows:

  • To Daufuskie:  7 AM, 10 AM, 1  PM and 4 PM (on Fridays only 9 PM)
  • From Daufuskie:  8:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM (on Fridays only 10:15 PM)

On Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, the ferry departs for Daufuskie at 7AM and again at 4PM and the ferry returns from Daufuskie at 8:30AM and again at 5:30PM.


The Daufuskie EXPRESS runs Wednesdays and Sundays.  This no-hassle, high-speed small-boat service includes a private shuttle directly to the boarding dock.  The departure times are the times at which the private shuttle leaves the Visitor Center.

  • From Visitor Center To Daufuskie: 8:20AM, 11:20AM, 2:20PM and 5:20PM.
  • From Daufuskie connecting with shuttle back to Visitor Center:  9:00AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM and 6:00PM.


If you are staying overnight on Daufuskie, go directly to BUCKINGHAM LANDING,  55 Fording Island Road Exd, Hilton Head/Bluffton, 29926 (just off  Hwy 278 at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge on the Bluffton side).  A ferry team member will assist you with your luggage and tell you where to park. The ferry runs the same schedule everyday all year long except for limited service on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Years Day.

Tickets are $45 round-trip.  Children under 7 years of age travel for free.   When you arrive at the landing,  a ferry team member will assist you with your luggage and tell you where to park.  Overnight parking in any of the ferry areas (at the landing, the fruit stand, the service station or the ferry Visitor Center) is $10 per night per car.


If you are just visiting Daufuskie for the day, go to the FERRY VISITOR CENTER where there is free day-time parking and a free shuttle bus to ferry.   The visitor center is located at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278 across from the entrance to Moss Creek), Bluffton, 29926 (Suite 102 Bldg. A).  The Center is open everyday all year long except for limited service on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Years Day.

Single-day tickets are $35 round-trip.  Children under 7 years of age travel for free.

The Visitors Center includes a comfortable reception area, refreshments and a gift shop.  A concierge at the Center will assist passengers with parking and boarding the shuttle. Large carry-on items are not permitted on the shuttles.  Shuttles are available for all ferry arrivals and departures except for the 7 AM morning departure to Daufuskie.

Passengers departing on the 7AM are automatically authorized to park for free at Buckingham Landing where they will be given parking instructions. Unless otherwise authorized, single-day visitors are not allowed to park at Buckingham Landing where space is at a premium and parking is $20 per day per car.  For special parking authorization, call the office at 843-940-7704.



There are two shuttles to Buckingham Landing per ferry departure except for the 7AM departure to Daufuskie.  Passengers departing on the 7AM are authorized to park for free at Buckingham Landing.  Shuttles to the landing leave the Visitor Center 30 minutes and 10 minutes before each ferry’s departure time.

Shuttle Leaves From
the Visitor Center
Ferry Departure
to Daufuskie
No shuttle 7:00 AM
9:30 AM
9:50 AM
10:00 AM
12:30 PM
12:50 PM
1:00 PM
3:30 PM
3:50 PM
4:00 PM


There are two shuttles back to the Visitors Center per ferry arrival.

Ferry Arrival
From Daufuskie
Shuttle From
Buckingham Landing
back to Visitor Center
9:15 9:20 AM
9:40 AM
12:15 12:20 AM
12:40 PM
3:15 3:20 PM
3:40 PM
6:15 6:20 PM

Ferries depart from Daufuskie at:  8:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM (on Fridays only 10:15 PM).

For directions to Buckingham Landing or the Visitor Center, click here.


DAYTIME parking is FREE at the Visitor Center.  Daytime parking at Buckingham Landing (including parking spaces at the landing, the fruit stand and the service station), is $20 per day per car  if available.

OVERNIGHT parking in any ferry parking area (including the visitor center, the landing, the fruit stand and the gas station) is $10 per night not to exceed $100 per month.

There is no charge for parking overnight at the Beaufort County Government Center, 4819 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton, 29910.  However, all cars parked there must have a ferry dashboard parking permit which can be obtained from the concierge at the Visitor Center or from a ferry team member at the Landing.


Carry-on Items
There is no charge for items which passengers can comfortably carry on or roll on at boarding call.  No more than 2 bags or 1 wagon may be carried on per person.  There is a surcharge for luggage which exceeds a total weight of 50 pouds per person.

Checked Items
Baggage which is not carried on must be checked with the ferry crew who will load it into cargo trailers.
Payment for baggage handling services, like a gratuity, should be made in cash and given to the crew when the baggage is loaded. Recommended service fee is $10 for loading 1/2 a trailer and $20 for loading up a full trailer.

Enjoy Daufuskie!

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