Ferries and Docks

There are multiple ferry services, or private transports coming to the Island. Bellow we have sectioned off their schedules, docks, locations, and even instructional videos to aid you on your vacation.

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Daufuskie Island Ferry Schedule

Departing Buckingham Landing

7:00 AM

10:00 AM

1:00 PM

4:00 PM

9:00 PM Friday's only

Departing Daufuskie Island

8:30 AM

11:30 AM

2:30 PM

5:30 PM

10:30 PM Fridays only

Daufuskie Island Ferry Company usually has multiple groups that come off of their boats that need land transportation, so our drivers are usually tied up at that dock for the times listed.

Times of difficult availability for drivers include:





Here is an instructional video to provide an idea of our service operations with Daufuskie Island Ferry at Melrose Landing And their website.

Water taxis and private boats.

Private Boats have the option to park at the county dock briefly which is open to the public at all times. Freeport Marina also provides free docking during the day and overnight docking for a fee depending on boat size.

Any Customers using the Freeport Dock via water taxi or private boat will be charged $30 per person round trip for the ground transportation due to a partnership agreement between Daufuskie Transit LLC and J&W Corporation. Prices for Luggage Only transports vary as well. Daufuskie Transit has equipped Freeport Marina with hand carts and a utility golf cart to help aid customers retrieve luggage from the dock.

Smaller water taxis usually pick up and depart from the county dock. If you’re using a smaller water taxi and are not going to the county dock please notify us at


Below are some website links to Water taxis and instruction videos to the docks they can travel to.

Bull River Marina | Boat Rentals, Dolphin Tours and more | Between Savannah and Tybee Island

May River Excursions | Daufuskie Island Tours - Bluffton, SC

Personalized Tours and On-Water Shuttle| Island Shuttle Boat Tours Between Sanvannah and Daufuskie Island

Island Head Ferry| Broad Creek Marina Hilton Head to Freeport Marina Daufuskie Island

Arrival on Daufuskie Island

We are about service with a smile and when you arrive on the dock, Daufuskie Transit will be waiting to take you and your luggage to your vacation home.

Things to know for arrival

On busy days such as the summer weekends or holidays, Daufuskie Island Ferry Company usually has multiple groups that need to be picked up for and come off of their boats that need land transportation. This means our drivers could possibly tied up at that dock for the times listed. Please do not panic! The island is quick to traverse because of its small 2.5 x 5 mile dimensions so we can guarantee short waiting times.

Times of possible difficult availability for drivers include:





Drivers are easy to identify from a distance. They are dressed in bright lime green shirts. Our Ford E-350 vans have "Daufuskie Transit" printed on windows with our phone number. Employees wear masks and are equipped with masks in the van to help stop the spread of COVID-19 but we do not require customers to do so.

When submitting your reservation, our online form will request the time of arrival. Smaller water taxis such as Bull River or May River Excursions usually take an average of 30 minutes from the departure of the dock to Daufuskie Is. The larger ferry systems such as the Daufuskie Island Ferry Company or Haig Point will take an average of 45 minutes from the departure of the dock to Daufuskie Island.

When there is a large amount of customers on the larger ferries, guests will be delivered in the order of from nearest rentals to furthest rentals. We have multiple vans each with 12 person capacity to accommodate for large groups of people with trailers equipped with high walls to accommodate for bulk cargo. As we deliver the groups that are closest to the dock, we will come back to pick up those passengers that exceeded our capacity. We hold our customers to the uppermost value and all will be equally treated with best possible service that we can provide.


When leaving Daufuskie Island...

-Departures will be picked up in the following order for the Daufuskie Island Ferry system .

-Sandy Lane and Beachfield, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes before boat departure.

-The historic district will be picked up 45 minutes to 1 hour before boat departure.

-Melrose will be picked up 30 to 45 minutes before boat departure.

-Groups that are using smaller water taxi departures will be picked up between a 30 to 45 minutes before the water taxi is due to depart.

-if a driver isn’t there between the times designated for your section of Daufuskie please just give us a call. (843) 338-2570 extension 1. Please don’t panic we are only a few minutes away and we are in constant contact with the boat captains. You will not miss your boat.

Please be outside and ready with your luggage at appropriate times. There is limited van space ,limited drivers and most days we are on a very tight schedule for departures. We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for your business.