Getting Here, Getting Around in Beaufort, NC

Two highways lead into the Beaufort, NC, for travel by car and one airport for private airplanes. Travel to this waterfront city by boat if you wish. Public airports are about an hour away and the airport in Raleigh is three hours away.  A list of taxi service, ferries, and details about other transportation is offered in this section.

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By Land

The Crystal Coast which includes Beaufort, Morehead City, the Bogue Banks communities of Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, and Swansboro, draws visitors from all over, and is an easy three hour drive on U.S. Highway 70 to Raleigh, the state capital.  Greenville, NC, home of East Carolina University, is a quick hour and a half jaunt.

Travelers from the north or south will find that Interstate 95 or U.S. Highway 17 takes them to either U.S. Highway 70 and on to Morehead City or to NC Highway 58, which leads straight to Emerald Isle.

From the west, Interstate 40 will also take you to U.S. 70, which leads directly to Morehead City. From the east, the most picturesque journey into Carteret County, travelers must reserve space for the 2¼-hour ferry ride from Ocracoke Island to Cedar Island (see the ferry schedule in this chapter). At the ferry landing, NC Highway 12 continues a short distance to intersect with U.S. 70 W near the community of Sea Level, the highway's point of origin. (Interestingly enough, U.S. 70's other terminus is in Los Angeles.) From here, it's an unforgettable ride through lowland fields of junkus and Spartina marsh grasses and Down East fishing villages to historic Beaufort and the Crystal Coast or on to Havelock and New Bern.

Between Morehead City and Emerald Isle or Swansboro, the main thoroughfare is NC Highway 24, which offers views of Bogue Sound as you cross its bridges at Broad Creek and Gales Creek. On the island of Bogue Banks, NC 58 runs parallel to the beach for more than 22 miles, from Atlantic Beach west to Emerald Isle. Mile markers along the way make it easy to find things. Mile 1 (MM 1) begins at Fort Macon State Park on the east end of the island and the markers continue west, ending at the high-rise bridge in Emerald Isle.

Car Rental

5380 Hwy. 70 W, Suite C
Morehead City, NC 28570
(252) 247-5577

Rent a car or van from the conveniently located Avis Car Rental office on highway 70.  Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern has an Avis booth located inside the airport which is more economical.  Reservations may be made online or by calling.  Hours of operation in Morehead City are  Monday...more about Avis Car Rental

5273 U.S. Hwy. 70 W
Morehead City, NC
(252) 240-0218

Whether you are driving less than ten minutes to the sand in Atlantic Beach or three hours to Raleigh International Airport, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office is conveniently located for you on highway 70 in Morehead City.  Reservations can be made on line or by calling.  The Morehead City office is closed on Sunday....more about Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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