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 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 $45 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.
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). When you arrive, 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 $55 round-trip. Children under 7 years of age travel for free. 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.
SHUTTLE BUS AND FERRY SCHEDULE
FOR DAY-ONLY VISITORS FROM THE VISITOR CENTER
There are two shuttles from the Visitor Center 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 as shown below:
|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 and only if authorized.
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.
Please plan to arrive one hour before your departure. For your convenience and to ensure the safe operation of the ferry, we ask that you follow the luggage and packing policies specified below.
One piece of luggage weighing less than 50 pounds is free for each passenger whether checked or carried on.
A luggage ticket ($10) is required for each additional piece of luggage weighing less than 50 pounds.
Heavier pieces of luggage will require additional luggage tickets.
Luggage tickets can be purchased online or from the ferry agent when checking in.
A separate luggage handling service fee is due and payable in cash to the ferry team when they load your checked items into the baggage carts.
Each passenger may carry on one piece of luggage (suitcase, duffle bag, standard folding wagon, etc.) weighing less than 50 pounds.
Be sure to tag each piece of luggage with your reservation name and phone number. Baggage tags are available at the terminal.
All items must be packed in closed containers, suitcases or zippered bags. Open bags such as grocery bags will be refused.
The ferry company has the right to refuse any item which could hamper the safe operation of the ferry including unusually large items or items with sharp edges.
Coolers or totes with capacities larger than 48-quarts will be refused.
Consolidating small pieces into one suitcase/container is recommended since luggage tickets are required for transporting all pieces of luggage after the first which is free.
There is a charge for the crew’s for their luggage handling services ($10 for loading up to half a cart and $20 for loading up to a full cart).
Canoes, kayaks, bikes and other oversized items may be transported at published rates.
Since luggage is not guaranteed to ship on the same boat with the passenger due to the payload limitations of the individual ferries, it is recommended that passengers carry their essentials with them, such as medications or necessary food, in case they are needed.
If luggage must be shipped on a different boat, it will come on the next available departure which could be the following morning.
Pack as if you were travelling by plane. Many rentals include play pens, and high-chairs. Check with your rental agent. Daufuskie does have a small grocery store and a Saturday farmer’s market. There are companies that rent kayaks and beach chairs.