Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) are the main airports serving Virginia Beach. Cheaper service may be found by flying into Richmond (RIC), two hours away, Washington, D.C., three hours to the north. These are larger air hubs, but the drawback, of course, is being farther away.
There is no train service directly to Virginia Beach, but there is an Amtrak Station in nearby Newport News. The station is on the Northeast Regional line, which runs northeast to Washington, D.C., New York and Boston.
Virginia Beach is two hours southwest of Richmond and three hours south of Washington, D.C.; Interstate 64, which becomes Interstate 264, is the main road into town. Although you likely won’t be coming here from Delmarva, we still recommend taking a ride on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, one of the great achievements of American engineering. The 23-mile long toll bridge consists of tunnel, causeway and bridge connected by four manmade islands, providing the only direct link between Hampton Roads and the Virginia Eastern Shore. It’s quite a trip, and worth making even if you’re not planning on staying on the Eastern Shore/Delmarva Peninsula.
Hampton Roads Transit provides public transportation via an extensive bus system around Virginia Beach, Norfolk and surrounding cities. During the summer season, three hybrid bus lines, known as the VB Wave, connect one end of Atlantic Avenue to the other on the Virginia Beach oceanfront, and the beach resort to shopping districts downtown, which is probably of the most interest to travelers. A light rail system, “The Tide,” meant to service the city of Norfolk has been in the works for some time, and is expected to be completed soon (according to the optimistic public predictions of local government). And should the spirit move you, a Paddlewheel Ferry connects Portsmouth to downtown Norfolk.
The main method of moving around is in your car. Traffic can get quite hectic between the cities of Hampton Roads and within the resort areas of Virginia Beach; if you have a GPS system, use it to avoid main highways like Route 60 and Route 58, which are notoriously prone to jamming. Parking is available on the street (usually metered) and in garages around town.