There are 7 ways to get from Charleston to Outer Banks by bus, car, car ferry or plane

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

Recommended option

Bus, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  22 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Charleston, SC to Raleigh, NC
  2. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Wilson, Nc 312
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
  4. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  5. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  6. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

Cheapest option

Drive, ferry, car ferry  •  10 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Charleston to Cedar Island, NC
  2. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  3. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$48 - $63

5 alternative options

Drive  •  8 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Charleston to Buxton 496.9 miles

$45 - $75

Fly to New Bern, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  12 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Charleston (CHS) to New Bern (EWN) CHS - 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  •  13 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Charleston (CHS) to Greenville (PGV) CHS - 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

Fly to Jacksonville, drive  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Charleston (CHS) to Jacksonville (OAJ) CHS - OAJ
  2. Drive from Jacksonville to Buxton

$158 - $660

Fly to Norfolk, drive  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Charleston (CHS) to Norfolk (ORF) CHS - ORF
  2. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$188 - $845

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Charleston to Outer Banks is to drive and ferry and car ferry which costs $45 - $65 and takes 10 h 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Charleston to Outer Banks is to fly and drive which costs $180 - $850 and takes 7 h 45 min.

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The distance between Charleston and Outer Banks is 322 miles. The road distance is 496.9 miles.

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It takes approximately 22 h 37 min to get from Charleston to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Charleston, SC, USA and Outer Banks, NC, USA?

There is no direct connection from Charleston to Buxton. However, you can take the line 10 bus to N. Charleston SuperStop on Rivers Ave, take the walk to Charleston, SC, take the bus to Raleigh, NC, take the walk to Raleigh, Nc, take the bus to Wilson, Nc, take the walk to Wilson, NC, take the Amtrak Thruway to Morehead City, NC, take the drive to Cedar Island, 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 Cedar Island, 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.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Charleston to New Bern via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Charleston to Greenville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Charleston to Greenville via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Charleston to Jacksonville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Charleston to Jacksonville via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Charleston to Norfolk via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Charleston to Norfolk via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Charleston to New Bern via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Charleston to Jacksonville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Charleston to Norfolk via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Charleston to Norfolk via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Charleston to Norfolk via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Charleston to Norfolk via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Wilson, Nc
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $30
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
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 Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 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

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