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.
If you are staying overnight on Daufuskie, come directly to Buckingham Landing. 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.
Buckingham Landing is located at 55 Fording Island Road Extension (which is just off Hwy 278 at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge on the Bluffton side).
If you are visiting Daufuskie for the day, you should go to the ferry’s Daufuskie Island Visitor Center, 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102A (across from the entrance to Moss Creek). The Center is open everyday all year long except for Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Years Day. At the visitor center, day-time parking is FREE and there is a free shuttle service to the landing. 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.
Shuttle and Ferry Schedule
FROM THE VISITOR CENTER
There are two shuttles per ferry departure except for the 7AM departure to Daufuskie. Shuttles leave the Visitor Center 30 minutes and 10 minutes before each ferry’s departure time.
|Shuttle Leaves From
the Visitor Center
FROM BUCKINGHAM LANDING
There are two shuttles back to the Visitors Center per ferry arrival.
back to Visitor Center
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.
You can pay with a credit card when you make your reservations by phone (843-940-7704), or on-line (click the reservations tab). If you arrive without reservations, you may pay by credit card when you board if space is available. No cash is accepted on the ferry.
There is NO charge for items which you carry or roll on by yourself at boarding call. This includes things like coolers, duffel bags, golf clubs and even a well-mannered dog. Bicycles are $8 per seat i.e., tandem bicycles are $16. Please be prepared to pay the crew for their luggage handling service for items which you can not carry on by yourself upon boarding.
Every vessel in our fleet includes a temperature-controlled cabin, rest room, and a comfortable outside deck.
Personal assistance with boarding for handicapped travelers is available.
Transit time is 45 min.
Arrive at the landing 30 minutes early if you are staying OVERNIGHT on Daufuskie.
Arrive at the Visitor Center 45 minutes early if you are only visiting Daufuskie for the day. There is free parking and shuttle service at the visitor center which has a comfortable waiting area, gift shop, and refreshments.
Restrooms are located at the landing, and on board the ferries.
Click here for directions to the ferry.