Transportation Guide

With two airports, six airlines, bus service and Amtrak, there are plenty of ways to get to where you’re going in and from Hampton Roads. With help from VDOT, carpooling is made easier, and road conditions can be monitored either online or by radio. And even without a car, getting around is still possible— most areas of the region are serviced by some form of mass transit.

By Kip Tabb


Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
Four airlines offer flights to more than a half-dozen popular East Coast destinations, and with Frontier Airline becoming a part of the mix, destinations west of the Mississippi, as well. 757-877-0221,

Air Tran
Mainline jets nonstop to Atlanta, Boston, New York-LaGuardia and Orlando. Connecting flights through Atlanta. 800-247-8726

Mainline jets and commuter operations using Atlantic Southeast Airlines nonstop to Atlanta. 800-221-1212

Frontier Airlines
Non-stop service to Colorado Springs, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Santa Barbara. 800-432-1359

US Airways Express
Commuter operations using Air Wisconsin, Piedmont Airlines and PSA Airlines nonstop to Charlotte and Philadelphia. 800-428-4322,

Norfolk International Airport
With seven major airlines and their regional carriers, Norfolk International Airport offers nearly 200 daily arrivals and departures to major destinations throughout the United States and the world. Norfolk International airlines offer nonstop service to more than 20 U.S. cities. 757-857-3351

American/American Eagle
Mainline jets and commuter operations using American Eagle and Trans States Airlines nonstop to Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and Saint Louis. 800-433-7300,

Continental/Continental Express
Mainline jets and commuter operations using ExpressJet Airlines and Colgan Air nonstop to Houston-Intercontinental and Newark. 800-525-0280

Delta/Delta Connection
Mainline jets and commuter operations using Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Comair and Freedom Airlines nonstop to Atlanta, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and New York-Kennedy. 800-221-1212

Mainline jets nonstop to Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando and Tampa. 800-435-9792

United Express
Commuter operations using Chautauqua Airlines, GoJet Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Shuttle America and SkyWest Airlines nonstop to Chicago-O’Hare and Washington-Dulles. 800-241-6522

US Airways/US Airways Express
Mainline and commuter operations using Air Wisconsin, Mesa Airlines, Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines and Republic Airlines nonstop to Charlotte, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia and Washington-Reagan. 800-428-4322


Commercial rail service is provided by Amtrak from Newport News and Williamsburg north to Richmond and continuing to Washington D.C., New York City and Boston, with connections along the way. Bus service links Norfolk and Virginia Beach to the Newport News station. 800-872-7245.


Advisory Radio
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) broadcasts a low-power highway advisory radio on AM 610 for tunnel and traffic information.

TRAFFIX is a cooperative public service through four regional/state agencies to promote commuting alternatives and decrease traffic congestion in the region. Part of the services offered include park-and-ride lots to encourage carpooling, a rewards program for sharing rides, a carpool-matching service and a guaranteed ride back to your point of origin in case of an unexpected emergency. 800-700-RIDE (7433)

Road Conditions
VDOT has a travel center on its website that provides information about road conditions, travel advisories and lane closures on highways and primary and secondary roads in Hampton Roads and across the state. Links to webcams to monitor the traffic situation yourself are also included. Phone: 511


Commercial bus service is offered in Hampton Roads by Greyhound Lines. Service runs to Richmond, connecting to lines north and south, into northeastern North Carolina and up the Eastern Shore to Delaware, connecting to lines north and south. There are bus depots in Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. 800-231-2222

Hampton Roads Transit
Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) offers commuter bus service, with 70 fixed bus routes, across the region from Suffolk to Virginia Beach and north to Hampton and Newport News. There are also express bus services, including to Colonial Williamsburg, Smithfield Foods/Gwaltney and Naval Station Norfolk. The basic fare is $1.50 per one-way trip, with discounts for students and seniors; frequent rider cards with discount fares are also available.

The Metro Area Express (or MAX)
is a regional express service connecting all of Hampton Roads. The MAX fare is $3 with a variety of discounts available, depending on usage. In addition to bus service, HRT also operates the Paddlewheel Ferry between North Landing and High Street in Portsmouth and downtown Norfolk at the Waterside. Frequent trolley service, particularly during summer months, is available at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Handi-Ride demand response for persons with disabilities, carpool/vanpool park and ride, and HOV Express to the Naval Station are also available. The website offers additional information including a trip planner. 757-222-6100
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Jamestown-Scotland Neck Ferry
VDOT offers a free 15-minute ferry service for pedestrians and vehicular traffic connecting the Jamestown/Williamsburg area with Surry County. It is Virginia’s only state-run 24-hour ferry. 800-823-3779

Star Transit
Star Transit provides a transportation system to citizens and visitors to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, operating on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fare is $.50 per one-way trip. Exact fare is required. 757-787-8322

Williamsburg Area Transit
Williamsburg Area Transport (WAT) provides transportation services to citizens and visitors of James City County, the City of Williamsburg and the Bruton District of York County. The fare is $1.25 per one-way trip, and $.25 to transfer from another line. William & Mary students ride for free. Exact fare is required. 757-220-5493

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