There are 5 ways to get from Durham to Outer Banks by train, bus, car, car ferry or plane

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Train, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  11 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Durham Amtrak to Wilson Amtrak
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Wilson, NC to Havelock, NC
  3. Drive from Havelock, 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

Cheapest option

Drive, ferry, car ferry  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Durham 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

$35 - $45

3 alternative options

Train, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry via Morehead City, NC  •  11 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Durham Amtrak to Wilson Amtrak
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Wilson, 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

Drive  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Durham to Buxton 260.6 miles

$25 - $40

Fly, drive  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to New Bern (EWN) RDU - EWN
  2. Drive from New Bern to Buxton

$182 - $883

Questions & Answers

The distance between Durham and Outer Banks is 196 miles. The road distance is 260.6 miles.

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It takes approximately 11 h 36 min to get from Durham to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to New Bern Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 20 min and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Durham to Outer Banks is 261 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 56 min to drive from Durham to Outer Banks.

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Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Raleigh/Durham Airport to New Bern Airport.

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There are eight+ hotels available in Outer Banks. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Durham to Outer Banks.
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  • Distance: 195.6 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 36 min

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

There is no direct connection from Durham to Buxton. However, you can take the train to Wilson Amtrak, take the walk to Wilson, NC, take the Amtrak Thruway to Havelock, 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 train to Wilson Amtrak, 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.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Pittsburgh, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via New York La Guardia, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Reagan Washington, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Durham Amtrak to Wilson Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Bus operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Wilson, NC to Havelock, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
Ave. Duration
3 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
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

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