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!

Getting There is Easy

FERRY VISITOR CENTER (FREE parking with shuttle to ferry), Suite 102A, 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278) Bluffton, 29926
FERRY EMBARKATION (pay for parking), 55 Fording Island Road Exd, Hilton Head/Bluffton, 29926



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.

The Daufuskie Island Visitors Center, Suite 102A, 1536 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, 29915, is open and provides FREE day-time parking and shuttle service to the ferry.

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, go to directly to Buckingham Landing, 35 Fording Island Road Extension (which is 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 direct you to available parking.  OVERNIGHT parking at the Landing is $10 per night.


FREE day-time parking and shuttle service are available at the Ferry’s Daufuskie Island Visitor Center, 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102A (across from the entrance to Moss Creek). The Visitors Center includes a comfortable reception area, and a free shuttle service to and from Buckingham Landing for all ferry arrivals and departures except for the 7 AM departure to Daufuskie.

Day-time parking at Buckingham Landing (including parking spaces at the fruit stand or service station) is $20 per day.

A concierge at the Center will assist passengers with parking and boarding the shuttle. Large carry-on items are not permitted on the shuttles.  The Center is open everyday from the beginning of March through Labor Day.

Shuttle and Ferry Schedule


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
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 or, if space is available,  daytime parking is $20 per day at the Embarkation Center which includes parking spaces at the landing, the fruit stand and the service station.

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.

Free overnight parking is available at the Beaufort County Government Center, 4819 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton, 29910.

All cars parked overnight must have a 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 board or when you make your reservation.  No cash is accepted on the ferry.

There is NO charge for items which you carry or roll on board – This includes things like coolers, duffle bags, golf clubs – even bicycles and well-mannered dogs.

Every vessel in our fleet includes a comfortable, temperature-controlled cabin, rest room, and a spacous outside deck.

Personal assistance with boarding for handicapped travelers is available.

Transit time is 45 min. Arrive 20 minutes early.

Restrooms are located at the landing, and on board the ferries.

Click here for directions to the ferry.

Enjoy Daufuskie!

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