There are 6 ways to get from Durham to Outer Banks by train, 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

Train, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  11 h 53 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

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

4 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Durham to Buxton 260.6 miles

$25 - $40

Fly to New Bern, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  12 h 43 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  •  13 h 58 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

Fly to Norfolk, drive  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Norfolk (ORF) RDU - ORF
  2. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$177 - $876

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Durham to Outer Banks is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 4 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Durham to Outer Banks is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 4 h 56 min.

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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 53 min to get from Durham to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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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 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 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.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 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 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Pittsburgh, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Norfolk via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Norfolk via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Norfolk via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Columbus, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Norfolk via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Norfolk via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Norfolk via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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
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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