Directions to the Daufuskie Island Ferry

/Directions to the Daufuskie Island Ferry
Directions to the Daufuskie Island Ferry2020-03-25T16:21:36-04:00

The Daufuskie Island Ferry’s Embarcation Center operates exclusively from Buckingham Landing all year long.  It is located at 35 Fording Island Road Extension (which is just off  Hwy 278 at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge on the Bluffton side).

The Ferry’s Daufuskie Island Visitor Center is open everyday from the beginning of March through Labor Day.  It is located at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102, across from the entrance to Moss Creek.   The Visitor Center includes a comfortable reception area, free day-time parking and a shuttle service to and from Buckingham Landing for all ferry arrivals and departures except for the 7 AM departure going to Daufuskie.

Note:  Passengers report that GPS directions to Buckingham Landing are confusing when using the landing’s actual address so we suggest you use the information below.

 

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From Hwy 95

From Highway 95, take Exit 8 and follow the Highway 278 Connector to Highway 278. Follow signs to Hilton Head Island. Continue approximately 17 miles.   You will pass the Tangiers Outlets on the right.  After you pass thru the Moss Creek traffic light,  the ferry’s Daufuskie Visitor Center will be on your right at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102.   To go directly to the Embarkation Center at Buckingham Landing, stay in the right lane and continue 1/10 of a mile to the  Fording Island Road Extension.  It is a slight right just before the Fruit Stand and Service Station.  The road ends at the Landing.

For additional information about directions from Highway 95 to Buckingham Landing, please call the Daufuskie Island Ferry Service: 843-940-7704.

From Hilton Head

From mid-island, take local US 278 West for approximately 12 minutes to Fording Island Rd Exd.  It is your first left after you cross the Hilton Head Bridge.

From Sea Pines, take the Cross Island Express Way (toll bridge).   When it merges with Hwy 278 west, continue on Hwy 278 West for approximately 6 more minutes to Fording Island Rd Exd.  Fording island Rd Exd. is the first left after you cross the Hilton Head Bridge and pass under the Bluffton Parkway overpass.  Watch for the Fruit Stand and service station on the left.  Take sharp left onto Fording Island Rd. Extended and follow it to the building with the green round roof at the end of the road.  Click on map below for greater detail.

To go to the Daufuskie Visitor Center where there is a shuttle to the ferry landing, continue another 1/10 of a mile and turn left into the Bridge Center shops at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102.

For additional information about directions from Hilton Head to Buckingham Landing (on the Bluffton side of the Hilton Head Bridge), please call the Daufuskie Island Ferry Service: 843-940-7704.

From Charleston/Beaufort

Take Highway 17 South out of Charleston to Route 21 (to Beaufort). Take Route 21 to Highway 170. Follow Highway 170 to Highway 170/278. Take the Hilton Head Island exit (William Hilton Parkway/Highway 278). Follow signs to Hilton Head Island. Continue approximately 10 miles.  You will pass the Tangiers Outlets on the right.

After you pass thru the Moss Creek traffic light,  the Daufuskie Visitor Center, where you can catch the shuttle to the landing, will be on your right at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102.

To go directly to the Embarkation Center at Buckingham Landing, stay in the right lane and continue 1/10 of a mile to the  Fording Island Road Extension.  It is a slight right just before the Fruit Stand and Service Station.  The road ends at the Landing.


For additional information about directions from Charleston to Buckingham Landing (on the Bluffton side of the Hilton Head Bridge), please call the Daufuskie Island Ferry Service: 843-940-7704.

From Bluffton

Take Burnt Church Road to 278.  Go East toward Hilton Head.   After you pass thru the Moss Creek traffic light,  the Daufuskie Visitor Center, where daytime parking is free and you can catch a shuttle to the landing,  will be on your right at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102.   To go directly to the Embarkation Center at Buckingham Landing, where parking is $10 per day or per night, stay in the right lane and continue 1/10 of a mile to the  Fording Island Road Extension.  It is a slight right just before the Fruit Stand and Service Station.  The road ends at the Landing.

For additional information about directions from Bluffton to Buckingham Landing (on the Bluffton side of the Hilton Head Bridge), please call the Daufuskie Island Ferry Service: 843-940-7704.

From Shipyard in Hilton Head

To go directly to the Embarkation Center at Buckingham Landing,  follow William Hilton Pkway Hwy 278 south to Palmetto Bay Rd.  Take Cross Island Pkway and US 278 W to Fording Island Rd Exd  (approximately 12 min).  Watch for Wesley’s Fruit Stand.  Take sharp left onto Fording Island Rd. Exd.

To go to the Daufuskie Island Visitor Center, where daytime parking is free and you can catch a shuttle to the landing,  continue 1/10 mile further on 278.  It will be on your left at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102.


For additional information about directions from  Shipyeard Plantation to Buckingham Landing (on the Bluffton side of the Hilton Head Bridge), please call the Daufuskie Island Ferry Service: 843-940-7704.

From the Marriott Resort in Hilton Head

Turn right onto William Hilton Pkwy 278. Continue on 278 W for approximately 6 mi. Watch for Wesley’s Fruit Stand. Take sharp left onto Fording Island Rd Exd.  Buckingham Landing is at the end of the road.  To go to the Daufuskie Island Visitor Center,where daytime parking is free and you can catch a shuttle to the landing,  continue 1/10 mile further on 278.  It will be on your left at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Suite 102.

For additional information about directions from  the Marriott Resort and Spa in Hilton Head to Buckingham Landing (on the Bluffton side of the Hilton Head Bridge), please call the Daufuskie Island Ferry Service: 843-940-7704.

Arriving at Buckingham Landing

35 Fording Island Rd Exd.
Hilton Head, SC 29926

At the end of Fording Island Road Extension, you will see a round building and a parking area.  You can drop your luggage under the round building and park in any available space.  There is a waiting area with tables and chairs under the building where you will see the ramp to the dock where the ferry will pick you up.    Reservations are strongly encouraged (click the Reservation tab in the main menu.)  Click on photo for greater detail.

Going East toward Hilton Head, take a slight right just before Wesley’s Fruit Stand as shown below.

Going West from Hilton Head, you will see our green round roof.  Turn left immediately after passing under the Bluffton Bypass (at the gas station and fruit stand).

There is a parking lot.  Day parking is free.  Overnight parking is $10.00 per night.

Watching for the ferry can be fun.