The Greyhound station is at the same address as the train station—easy, right? In fact, this entire complex is known as the Williamsburg Transportation Center. There’s daily bus service to cities in the South and on the Eastern Seaboard—and from there, on to the rest of the country.
The Amtrak Station, located at 468 N. Boundary St., is north of the Historic Area and the east entrance to William & Mary. The station is on the Northeast Regional line, which runs a little southeast to Newport News, and northeast to Washington, New York and Boston.
Williamsburg is almost exactly an hour southeast of Richmond via Interstate 64, which continues on to the Hampton Roads (Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk and Virginia Beach). You can add about 30 minutes of driving time (depending on how often you stop) if you come here from Richmond via scenic Highway 5, which runs along the James River and its plantations. Williamsburg is about three hours south of Washington.
Travelers flying into Williamsburg usually land 22 miles southeast of Williamsburg at Newport News—Williamsburg International Airport, serviced by Delta, US Airways, Frontier and AirTran. You’re also within an hour of Richmond (RIC) and Norfolk’s (ORF) international airports, larger hubs where you’ll likely find better ticket prices. You could also fly into Washington, three hours to the north, if you were touring around the Capitol Region (which Williamsburg is arguably a part of). D.C. is a major hub and there will be more deals in that direction, but obviously this is only really an option if you’re planning on visiting places in between the two cities, as well.
Most people drive here. The Historic Triangle is primarily linked by the 23-mile long scenic highway known as Colonial Parkway. In the summer you can expect some minor traffic headaches, but generally driving around here is fine, although street parking in central Williamsburg can be difficult. When it comes to driving here, the main pain is infamous Confusion Corner, Williamsburg’s central traffic nexus/tangle of roads that only a madman could have plotted. This is the intersection of Richmond Road, Jamestown Road, Boundary Street and Duke of Gloucester Street, smack between the Historic Area and William & Mary. The whole thing actually wouldn’t be such an annoyance if it wasn’t for the heavy foot traffic from pedestrians coming from the college and Colonial Williamsburg. Here’s your primer, and trust us, none of this is very clear at the actual intersection: cars heading toward Boundary Street—that’s west on Jamestown Road and east on Richmond Road—have the right of way. All other traffic must stop or yield.
From late March to the end of October (these dates can change throughout the year, but those are the general parameters), the free Historic Triangle shuttle provides transportation between Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. Otherwise, you can rely on Williamsburg Area Transit (WAT), which provides a local, slower bus service designed for residential needs.