There are 6 ways to get from Washington to Outer Banks by bus, car, car ferry, plane or train

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Bus, drive, ferry, car ferry via Swan Quarter, NC  •  13 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington to Hampton, VA
  2. Drive from Waterside & Commercial to Swan Quarter, NC
  3. Take the ferry from Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  4. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$50 - $74

5 alternative options

Bus, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  14 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington to Hampton, VA
  2. Drive from Waterside & Commercial to Cedar Island, NC
  3. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  4. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$60 - $90

Drive  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Washington to Buxton 327.7 miles

$30 - $50

Fly from Reagan Washington, drive  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Norfolk (ORF) DCA - ORF
  2. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$126 - $273

Train to Baltimore, fly, drive  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Norfolk (ORF) BWI - ORF
  3. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$199 - $440

Fly from Washington Dulles, drive  •  6 h

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Norfolk (ORF) IAD - ORF
  2. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$132 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Washington to Outer Banks is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 6 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Outer Banks is to fly and drive which takes 5 h 20 min and costs $120 - $280.

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The distance between Washington and Outer Banks is 395 km. The road distance is 524 km.

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It takes approximately 13 h 20 min to get from Washington to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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

There is no direct connection from Washington to Buxton. However, you can take the bus to Hampton, VA, take the walk to Hampton Transfer Center, take the line 961 bus to Waterside & Commercial, 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 bus to Hampton, VA, take the walk to Hampton Transfer Center, take the line 961 bus to Waterside & Commercial, 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
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Baltimore to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Bus operators
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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