Nestled midway down the East Coast, Virginia Beach is well within a day’s drive of most American cities and conveniently located near the Norfolk International Airport, so finding your way here is a breeze.
Norfolk International Airport is 20 minutes from the oceanfront and is serviced by most major U.S. carriers, www.takeorf.com, (757) 857-3351. If you choose to arrive at the Norfolk International Airport you may then get to Virginia Beach by the airport shuttle. The price of a one-way shuttle trip to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is approximately $45.00.
Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport, (757) 877-0221, also services the area. Airport Express provides ground transportation from the airport to your hotel, (757) 857-5950. Three companies - American, Delta, and Elite Airways - make flights to a smaller local airport in Newport News/Williamsburg. The airport has car rentals in it, and is served by taxi, but has no direct public transportation to Virginia Beach. Dependent upon the traffic, it may take you from 45 min to an hour to drive from the airport to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
When approaching from the west, the easiest routes are Interstate 64, U.S. 460 or U.S. 58. From the north and south, convenient routes are Interstates 85 or 95, and U.S. 17. For a spectacular scenic approach from the north, be sure to check out the world-famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (U.S. 13), a 17-mile span connecting Virginia's Eastern Shore with Virginia Beach. Please note that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the Elizabeth River Bridge Tunnel require tolls. These routes intersect with Interstate 64, which connects with the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway (Interstate 264) and leads directly to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
Amtrak offers train service into Newport News (with connecting bus service to Virginia Beach). Amtrak bus service is available between the train station and 19th Street and Pacific Avenue. Reservations are required. Call Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or visit at www.amtrak.com.
Bus service is provided by Greyhound. For schedule and stop information please visit www.greyhound.com, or call toll free at (800) 231-2222.
Water is never far away in Virginia Beach. The city contains 51.3 square miles of water, which takes form in the dozens of rivers, bays, lakes, marsh areas and fingers of water that flow into the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Linking the Chesapeake Bay and James River estuaries is the Hampton Roads harbor, one of the finest natural harbors and home port to the world's largest naval base. Here, the Intracoastal Waterway begins at mile marker 1. From Virginia Beach, recreational boaters can travel 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 the Atlantic Ocean. For more information about local marinas and slip fees, call 1-800-VA BEACH.