The Official Daufuskie Island Ferry®

The Official

Daufuskie Island Ferry®

We call it ‘official’ because it is the most popular and reliable ferry service to Daufuskie. It’s part of an entire fleet serving the island. It’s also the most economical choice, and includes a free, round trip shuttle service to the Daufuskie Island Visitor Center near the Embarkation.

 Please note, the shuttle is NOT available for the 7 AM ferry departure. 
The $20 Buckingham Landing daily parking fee will be waived for all passengers departing on the 7 AM ferry.

Daily Ferry Schedule

To Daufuskie

  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 9:00 PM (Fridays only)

From Daufuskie

  • 8:30 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM
  • 10:15 PM (Fridays only)

 The trip duration is approximately 45 minutes long. 

The ferry runs the same schedule every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days. 

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Holidays are: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

On these days, the ferry runs the 7 AM and 4 PM roundtrips ONLY.

Also, please note the Daufuskie Island Ferry Visitors Center and the Melrose Landing Dock Shop will be closed on those days.

Ferry Fares & Rates

Daytime Visitors

$ 45
Round-Trip
  • Children under 7 ride free
  • Free parking only at Visitors Center

Overnight Visitors

$ 55
Round-Trip
  • Children under 7 ride free
  • Parking $10/night per car

Island Hopper Pass

From Daufuskie Island
$ 20
Same Day
Round-Trip
  • Children under 7 ride free

ONE WAY  

To Daufuskie Island or Hilton Head
$ 30
Per Person
  • Children under 7 ride free

The Daufuskie Island Ferry Company reserves the right to change schedules, update pricing, and  substitute an appropriate vessel as required by the regular maintenance schedule for the primary ferries.

Shuttle Bus Schedule

From Visitor Center TO DAUFUSKIE

Depart Visitors Center

  • 6:30 AM
  • 6:50 AM
  • 9:30 AM
  • 9:50 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 12:50 PM
  • 3:30 PM
  • 3:50 PM
  • 6:30 PM

Depart Fruit Stand

  • 6:35 AM
  • 6:55 AM
  • 9:35 AM
  • 9:55 AM
  • 12:35 PM
  • 12:55 PM
  • 3:35 PM
  • 3:55 PM
  • 6:25 PM

Ferry Departure

  • 6:20 AM
  • 6:40 AM
  • 7:00 AM
  • 9:20 AM
  • 9:40 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:20 PM
  • 12:40 PM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:20 PM
  • 3:40 PM
  • 4:00 PM
  • 6:20 PM

Shuttle From the Visitor Center

  • No shuttle 
  • 9:30 AM
  • 9:50 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 12:50 PM
  • 3:30 PM
  • 3:50 PM

Ferry Departure to Daufuskie

  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM

Shuttle Bus Schedule

FROM Buckingham Landing TO VISITOR CENTER

Ferry Arrival From Daufuskie

  • 9:15 AM
  • 12:15 PM
  • 3:15 PM
  • 6:15 PM

Shuttle From Buckingham Landing

  • 9:20 AM
  • 9:40 AM
  • 12:20 PM
  • 12:40 PM
  • 3:20 PM
  • 3:40 PM
  • 6:20 PM
  • 6:40 PM

There are two shuttles back to the Visitor Center per ferry arrival.

Parking Pricing

There are two shuttles to Buckingham Landing per ferry departure. Shuttles to the landing leave the Visitor Center 30 minutes and 10 minutes before each ferry’s departure time. The shuttle bus travel time is less than five minutes.

NOTE

All cars parked in any ferry parking area must have a valid parking permit displayed on their mirror or dashboard. Parking permits can be obtained from the concierge at the Daufuskie Island Visitor Center or from a ferry team member at the Landing.

Daytime

Daytime parking at the Visitor Center along with the shuttle bus is FREE. Parking at Buckingham Landing is reserved for passengers spending the night(s) on Daufuskie.
EXCEPTION:
The $20 Buckingham Landing daily parking fee will be waived for all passengers departing on the 7 AM ferry.

Overnight

Overnight parking in any ferry parking area including the visitor center, Buckingham Landing, the fruit stand and the service station – $10 per night per car (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 Daufuskie Island Visitor Center or from a ferry team member at the Landing.

Daufuskie Island Ferry is committed to facilitating the accessibility and usability of its website. Our goal is to provide an accessible and barrier-free environment for our website, online services and other technology. We will be updating our website over time to implement the relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA), which will also bring our website into further conformance with the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board (Section 508). Please be aware that our efforts are ongoing. If, at any time, you require assistance please contact us directly at 843-940-7704

Face Coverings Required

The Daufuskie Island Ferry is again running its full schedule.  Following NTSB’s 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.

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