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3 Reasons to Take the Official Daufuskie Island Ferry

or Give a Trip to Daufuskie as a Gift!

Click here for COVID- 19 Virus Update

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

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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.

OVERNIGHT VISITORS

If you are staying overnight on Daufuskie, tickets are $45 round-trip and you should plan to park at the ferry landing.  When you arrive at the landing,  a ferry team member will assist you with your luggage and direct you to available overnight parking at the landing, the fruit stand or the service station.  Overnight parking in any of these areas 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).

DAYTIME VISITORS

If you are visiting Daufuskie for the day, tickets are $35 round-trip and 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)  where there is FREE day-time parking and free shuttle service to the landing.

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.  The Center is open everyday from the beginning of March through Labor Day.

If at all possible, single-day visitors should avoid parking at Buckingham Landing where space is at a premium and parking is $20 per day per car.

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
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

FROM BUCKINGHAM LANDING

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.

Parking

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.

FAQ’s

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.

Enjoy Daufuskie!

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