Centrally located on the Mid-Atlantic Coast, Virginia Beach is just a day’s drive away for more than half of the nation’s population. Part of the Coastal Virginia region, Virginia Beach is just three and a half hours south of Washington, D.C., and minutes away from Norfolk International Airport, major train stations, seaports and a variety of scenic road routes. Take a look at these easy options for reaching the Beach Life with ease.
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All roads lead to Virginia Beach, but some with greater ease. Follow these recommendations for reaching the oceanfront with minimal delay.
From the Northwest: Motorists traveling to Virginia Beach from the northwest (through central Virginia) are encouraged to use a fast, alternate route. Traveling via the I-664 Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT), off of I-64 East, can make getting here a breeze. While mileage to reach the beach could be greater than taking I-64 and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, I-664 tends to be less congested, reducing the time you’ll spend idling in traffic. Simply take I-64 East, to I-664 (Exit # 264), to I-264 (Exit # 15 A), which will lead to the oceanfront. When leaving to return home, take I-264 West to I-664 North (Exit #299) to I-64 West (Exit #1 A).
From the West: When approaching from the west, routes include Interstate 64, U.S. 460 or U.S. 58.
From the North: Convenient routes include Interstates 85 or 95, U.S. 17 and U.S. 13 (crossing the world-famous Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel, a 17-mile span connecting Virginia's Eastern Shore with Virginia Beach). These routes intersect with Interstate 64, which connects with the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway, Interstate 264, and leads directly to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
From the South: Convenient routes include Interstates 85 or 95, U.S. 168, U.S. 17 and U.S. 13. These routes intersect with Interstate 64, which connects with the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway, Interstate 264, and leads directly to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
Norfolk International Airport is 20 minutes from the oceanfront and is serviced by most major U.S. carriers, www.takeorf.com, (757) 857-3351. Arrivals at Norfolk International Airport can reach Virginia Beach via the airport shuttle. Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, (757) 877-0221, also serves the area.
The Virginia Beach Group Tour team is happy to provide you with world-class transportation-planning assistance – just ask!
Amtrak service to the area is available via a train connection just 15 minutes away in Norfolk, a neighboring city to Virginia Beach. Reservations are required. Call Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or visit www.amtrak.com. Consult the Virginia Beach Group Tour team for assistance with coordinating transportation from the station.
Waterways are never far away in Virginia Beach – the city contains 51.3 square miles of water. Linking the Chesapeake Bay and James River estuaries is the Hampton Roads harbor, one of the finest natural harbors and homeport to the world’s largest naval base. The Intracoastal Waterway begins here at mile marker 1, enabling recreational boaters to travel from Virginia Beach as far north as Boston and south to Brownsville, Texas.
Navigators along the East Coast can reach Virginia Beach by plotting a course on the Intracoastal Waterway or Atlantic Ocean. For more information about local marinas and slip fees, call 1-800-VA BEACH.
Private Transportation Options: Arrange transportation to regional destinations through local charter buses, limousine services, taxis and rental car options. Information is available through the Virginia Beach Group Tour sales team.
Public Transportation Options: Virginia Beach offers a range of public transportation options, including the VB Wave and convenient shuttle services. Visit www.gohrt.com or call (757) 222-6100 for more information on routes, schedules and fares.
Unique Options: Virginia Beach offers bikes, surreys and roller blades to get around town, available for rent, along with safety equipment, at various hotels and locations along the boardwalk. Cost and availability vary. If there’s a captain and crew in your midst, you may want to sightsee by boat. Call the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at (757) 497-8000 or Bubba’s Marina at Lynnhaven Inlet (757) 481-3513.
Beach Access for the Disabled: Access via ramps for the disabled are located at every beach access from 1st to 58th Streets. Wooden ramps that take you all the way to the water’s edge are located at 8th, 17th, 24th and 30th Streets. Designated disabled on-street parking is at Rudee Loop, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 33rd, 34th, 36th, 37th and 38th Streets. Designated disabled off-street parking is available at all municipal parking lots. Beach Roll-Eezz chairs are available – please inquire at (757) 427-8234.
Resort Area Parking: The oceanfront contains more than 1,500 off-street municipal parking spaces and 725 on-street metered spaces. Parking meters have a three-hour time limit and are enforced April 1–September 30. Municipal parking lots are located at 4th Street, 9th Street and Pacific Avenue, 19th Street and Pacific Avenue, 25th Street and Pacific Avenue and at Croatan and Sandbridge beaches. Municipal parking lots charge a daily parking fee. Special hourly, weekly and monthly fees are available at the 9th Street Parking Garage.
Alternate Routes to Atlantic Avenue: There’s more than one way to get to Atlantic Avenue and the oceanfront. To avoid traffic congestion, we recommend the Birdneck Road exit off I-264. Convenient street signs are displayed at the bottom of the exit ramp and will direct you to your desired Atlantic Avenue destination.
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