There are 4 ways to get from Chapel Hill to Outer Banks by car, car ferry, plane or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Drive, ferry, car ferry  •  7 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Chapel Hill to Swan Quarter, NC
  2. Take the ferry from Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  3. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$36 - $46

3 alternative options

Drive  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Chapel Hill to Buxton 269.1 miles

$26 - $40

Fly to New Bern, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  12 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to New Bern (EWN) RDU - EWN
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from New Bern, NC to Morehead City, NC
  3. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

Fly to Greenville, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  14 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Greenville (PGV) RDU - PGV
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Greenville, NC to Morehead City, NC
  3. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

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The cheapest way to get from Chapel Hill to Outer Banks is to drive which costs $26 - $40 and takes 5 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chapel Hill to Outer Banks is to drive which costs $26 - $40 and takes 5 h 4 min.

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The distance between Chapel Hill and Outer Banks is 204 miles. The road distance is 269.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 54 min to get from Chapel Hill to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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  • Distance: 203.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 54 min

What companies run services between Chapel Hill, NC, USA and Outer Banks, NC, USA?

There is no direct connection from Chapel Hill to Buxton. However, you can take the drive to Swan Quarter, NC, take the ferry to Ocracoke, NC, take the drive to Ocracoke, NC, take the car ferry to Hatteras Island, NC, then take the drive to Buxton. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Buxton.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Pittsburgh, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Pittsburgh, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Bus operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from New Bern, NC to Morehead City, NC
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Greenville, NC to Morehead City, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Ferry operators
North Carolina Department of Transportation - NCDOT
Website
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ncdot.gov

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