Catching the ferry

Directions to the Daufuskie Island Ferry

The Daufuskie Island Ferry’s Embarkation Center operates exclusively from Buckingham Landing all year long. It is located at 35 Fording Island Road Extension (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 all year long except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years days. Located at Tanger 2 Outlet Hilton Head, 1414 Fording Island Road, Suite A-190, Bluffton, SC. This climate-controlled location allows visitors multiple food and beverage and entertainment options, public restrooms and retail offerings. There are two complimentary shuttles to Buckingham Landing per ferry departure except for the 7 AM departure. Shuttles to the landing leave the Visitors Center 30 minutes and 10 minutes before each ferry’s departure time.

Note: Single Day visitors to Daufuskie Island are required to park at the Visitor Center where park and 5-minute shuttle ride is complimentary.  Passengers staying overnight on Daufuskie should go directly to the ferry landing, however, GPS directions to Buckingham Landing can be confusing when using the landing’s actual address. For better GPS instructions please include the Exd notation in the street address  (35 Fording Island Road Exd.)  or use the information below.

Travel Times:

Shuttle bus ~ 5 min  |  Ferry ~ 45 min  |  Custom Water Taxi ~ varies

Parking Information for Overnight Visitors

Buckingham Landing located at 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.

Parking passes are available: daily or weekly. Round roofed buildings provide covered access in case of rainy weather. Day parking is free. Overnight parking is $12 per night.

Park and Shuttle Ride Schedule for Single Day Visitors

Visitor Center located at 1536 Fording Island Road (Hwy 278), Building A, Suite 102

There are two shuttles from the Visitor Center to Buckingham Landing per ferry EXCEPT for the 7 AM morning departure. There is no shuttle service for the 7 AM departure. Shuttles to the landing leave the Visitor Center 30 minutes and 10 minutes before each ferry’s departure time. 

Shuttle From the Visitor Center Ferry Departure to Daufuskie
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 Visitor Center per ferry arrival.

Ferry Arrival from Daufuskie Shuttle Back to the Visitor Center
9:15 AM
9:20 AM
9:40 AM
12:15 PM
12:20 PM
12:40 PM
3:15 PM
3:20 PM
3:40 PM
6:15 PM
6:20 PM
6:40 PM

Parking Pricing*


All cars parked overnight 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 Visitor Center or from a ferry team member at the Landing.


Daytime parking at the Visitor Center along with the shuttle bus is FREE. All daytime visitors should go directly to the visitor center unless otherwise stated.


Overnight parking in any ferry parking area is $12 per night per car (not to exceed $120 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.

We Have Moved!

Please visit our new location at:

Tanger 2 Outlet Hilton Head
1414 Fording Island Road, Suite A-190
Bluffton, SC 29910

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

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