Virginia Transportation

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Virginia Transportation

  • Greater Richmond Transit

    Richmond Transportation

    AROUND The only economic way to get around Richmond without a car is to use public buses run by GRTC (Greater Richmond Transit Company). Keep in mind that, like in most American cities, the buses don't reach many suburbs. They operate from 5.00 am to 1.00 am: daily in the City of Richmond and Mon-Fri in Henrico County. Ticket costs $1.50 (local...

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  • Greyhound Bus

    Richmond Transportation

    Greyhound buses go through Richmond. The station is located minutes north of downtown on 2910 N. Boulevard directly across from the Diamond baseball stadium. Since Richmond is a key transfer point, that station is much better appointed than those in smaller towns. For example, the one in Durham, NC is an old garage. The one in Henderson is in a...

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  • Amtrak

    Richmond Transportation

    Amtrak may be a little slower than flying, but in "the new normal", you might actually get to and from the northeast FASTER door to door. Staples Mill Station has a fairly large waiting room with lots of uncomfortable seats, loos, and a canteen- certainly no Union or 30th Street Station. The train station is now just north of town, but they...

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  • Free Parking in Carytown

    Richmond Transportation

    In January 1991, the Crenshaw Avenue Parking Deck in Carytown opened. The following April the Colonial Avenue Parking Deck opened a few blocks away. The structures are virtually identical. Each can fit more than 100 cars. Parking is free of charge for up to 3 hours. It was smart to have free parking in Carytown at that time. Thalhimer's downtown...

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  • BY CAR

    Richmond Transportation

    I-95, I-195, I-295 and I-64 pass through or around Richmond. I-95 runs north-south from Alexandria, Virginia through Richmond and Petersburg, then into North Carolina. It passes over downtown Richmond on bridges elevated high above Shockoe Slip. I-64 runs from Norfolk in the southeast, through Richmond and Charlottesville then into West...

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  • Richmond International Airport (RIC)

    Richmond Transportation

    Much to my surprise, I found Richmond's airport to be a wonderful location. After much anticipation of my trip to Washington, DC and multiple conversations with VT's own B1Bob, I decided to go a little out of my way by flying into the smaller airport of Richmond. After this experience, I may change my DC travel to Richmond all the time! Even while...

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  • Martin Luther King bridge

    Richmond Transportation

    The Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge is a 6-lane bridge connecting downtown to East Richmond. Its structural design is like that of a future envisaged in the mid 1970s when it was built. The King Bridge rises 100 feet (30 m.) over Interstate 95 and the Shockoe Valley. Unlike most bridges of this length (more than 2000 ft., 610 m.) also has...

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  • Car Hire

    Richmond Transportation

    Traveling in Richmond as in most medium sized US cities, a car is a must. Public transportation is very limited, bus and taxi only, and the routes and schedules are difficult to determine. Due to distances, taxis can get expensive. I recommend renting a car.

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  • Highways and Byways

    Richmond Transportation

    Mechanicsville Turnpike (US-360) is the main road which goes northeast of downtown Richmond. It crosses I-64 (exit 192), reaches Mechanicsville where it crosses I-295 and goes futher east to Warsaw (haha, it is not the capitol of Poland) and Chesapeake Bay of the Atlantic Ocean. It was multi-lane quite busy highway with numerous traffic lights...

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  • Tour Buses

    Richmond Transportation

    In case I'm not around to give you the grand tour Richmond Tours is operated by James River Bus Lines and it offers a 2-hour tour for $23 and a 3-hour tour for $25. (Unit pricing the cost per hour, taking the 3-hour tour would actually give you more bang for the buck.) In the 3-hour tour, they will show you things like Farmer's Market, Tredegar...

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  • Canal Boats

    Richmond Transportation

    Historically narrated tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal are offered from the Turning Basin along the Canal Walk between 14th and Virginia Streets. Cruises run from noon through to 7pm Fridays and Saturdays from spring to autumn; noon to 7pm Wednesdays to Saturdays in summer; and noon through to 5pm on Sundays. Group and dining charters are...

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  • Downtown Expressway

    Richmond Transportation

    Richmond's Downtown Expressway opened in 1976 and it made getting to Southside much quicker and more convenient. Before it opened, motorists had to suffer through seemingly infinite traffic lights driving through downtown. The Downtown Expressway passes south of Richmond's central business district and north of the James River. From Downtown...

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  • Hoofing It

    Richmond Transportation

    We walked a little bit around the downtown and then we took longer walk along one of the most beautiful American boulevards - Monument Avenue. Walking is the best and only way to feel the atmosphere of old Richmond, not mention that it was great occasion to talk more with Nat. The streets in dowtown formed checkered pattern and those going...

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  • Cheap Petrol

    Richmond Transportation

    My first stop in the Richmond area was at this gas station on my picture, of this company previously unknown for me - CITGO. Well, more specifically it was in Mechanicsville. I always try to remember to fuel up in advance not to waste time for looking for the gas in the last minute which usually is difficult downtown. In this CITGO gas station...

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  • Ronald Reagan Washington National...

    Located about three miles (five kilometers) west of central Washington, D.C. in Arlington, Virginia, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest commercial airport to the nation's capital. With the exception of some flights to Canada, all flights into and out of the airport serve domestic destinations. Airlines serving Ronald...

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  • Washington Dulles International Airport

    There are international airports in Richmond and Norfolk. The major airport that serves northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). All international flights into northern Virginia arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport, as do most of the domestic flights from other American cities. The...

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  • Norfolk International Airport

    Located about six miles (ten kilometers) north of downtown Norfolk, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is the main gateway to southeast Virginia, the lower Chesapeake Bay area, Colonial Williamsburg, and the barrier islands of Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There are no international flights into the airport, so anyone arriving...

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  • Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. Bridge-Tunnel

    This link between the lower eastern shore of Virginia and the Norfolk area is known colloquially as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. That's to distinguish it from the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge AKA the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. The tunnel part of the Bridge Tunnel is because there are two tunnels under the on the Thimble...

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  • Washington Reagan National Airport

    While I usually fly into gigantic Dulles Airport in Washington DC, I have occasionally been lucky enough to book a flight through cozy little Reagan National Airport nestled snugly on the banks of the Potomac alongside Crystal City in Alexandria, VA.National Airport opened in 1941 and now handles about 18 million passengers per year. Dulles opened...

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  • Historic Markers

    You will notice that Virginia - in addition to safety signs (like curves ahead photo 4), and signs pointing to historic sites that can be toured - also has Historic Markers. On our last trip across US 17 from Fredericksburg to Port Royal, I tried to take photos of some of the historic markers. This is what the ones in the first picture...

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  • Hampton Roads Transit

    This was the primary transportation I used until I found a few friends who had cars. HRT serves Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, and Chesapeake. Fares are $1.50 for adults. Be advised, though, some of the drivers do not know their routes, so try to allow some extra time if you are to meet someone. In addition, they have a...

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  • I hired a car in Northern Virginia :-)

    In October 2004 I rented Premium car (Buick LeSABRE) for 31 days in Budget at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia.WHY IN ARLINGTON? This Budget car rental had the least expensive offer for a car I wanted to rent (mid-size for 31 days with unlimited mileage). Other offers in this area (I checked tenths) were...

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  • Real Virginia is off interstate!

    Driving interstate you can see only series of exits and rest areas. The only highly recommended stop is at the nearest Virginia Welcome Center. To discover pure beauty of Virginia take the first exit off interstate and do enjoy more than 2,500 miles of Virginia Scenic Byways.SUGGESTIONS FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIAI found driving around Virginia easy and...

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  • Ronald Reagan Washington National...

    While visitors from the overseas come to Northern Virginia to Dulles Airport those from the USA land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, 5 miles south of downtown Washington, D.C., next to the district called Crystal City with many hotels and restaurants. I hired a car at its Budget car rental. The airport main terminal...

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  • Shuttles galore

    Washington-Dulles Airport, located in Sterling (Loudoun County), Virginia offers many types of shuttles (usually buses). Enlarge the photo and you will see the mobile lounge on the top which raises and lowers hydraulically to the aircraft door and to the terminal gateway running on oversized tyres. Second, there is the parking shuttle which just...

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  • Wild Flowers on the Highway

    Virginia in common with several other states (Maryland and Texas are two that I know about) has a program to put wildflowers in the median strips and along highways. I always enjoy looking at the flowers. If I'm correct, these in the fall are mostly cosmos.The highway departments find that it is cheaper to periodically plow and seed the median than...

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  • Hampton Roads bridge tunnel

    The Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel connects the cities of Hampton and Norfolk from Old point Comfort to the Willoughby Spit. The total bridge-tunnel complex spans 3.5 miles (5.8 km.). The twin tunnels (the first one- now westbound- was built in November, 1957; the second one built in May, 1976) are about 1.5 miles (2.5 km.) long and reach a depth of...

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  • Car train and Greyhound bus

    You really need a car if you are going to travel with any amount of freedom in the US. Personally, I would go for the Fly Drive packages which give you a discount and if you choose a hotel within that option, you can save a lot of money. Example is Disneyworld as your destination. Okay, we are talking about Virginia, but we got a good deal on a mid...

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  • OMNI RIDE BUS INTO WASHINGTON, DC

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO WASHINGTON, DC STAY IN WOODBRIDGE, VA ITS CHEAPER & BETTER!! NEAR OUTLET MALL AND ASK WHERE TO RIDE THE OMNI RIDE BUS INTO DC EVERYDAY IT RUNS HOURLY. ABOUT $5 EA WAY, NO TRAFFIC THEY TAKE HOV LANE AND ITS QUICK!

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  • Metro to/from DC

    If you like to go into town or have to for work, it would be best to take public transportation unless you are used to 2-3 hour commutes!And, if you are moving here, check out their map site and look for residences around the metro lines and stops. Most businesses and government employers provide vouchers to defray the cost of riding publilc...

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  • Take the train!

    It is convenient having a rail station in Alexandria, VA. and Union Station in downbtown DC. It is so easy to travel by train and less expensive than by air. I traveled by train the first time to visit my sister up in CT over the 4th and plan to use it for traveling up and down the east coast on holidays.

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  • Virginia D O T

    The COMMUTERS section of the website listed below gives good information for tourists driving in and around Virginia. You can find maps for emergency conditions, highway advisories, rules of the road specific to Virginia.

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  • WHITE’S FERRY

    This is the last ferry crossing the Potomac River. The car ferry Jubal Early runs just upriver from Leesburg, Virginia in a area of bucolic rurality. The ferry is busy on the weekends, so don't think of it as a timesaver then. There are small boats you can rent over on the Maryland side along with picnic grounds, if you want to make a day of it...

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  • Richmond Airport

    The international airport of Richmond, VA is the smallest I have ever been. There are just two stores and two cafés and one restaurant. I bought a lot of postcards at the souvenir shop but I couldn't send them as they do not sell stamps and in the aiport is not even a mailbox. However, the view from the airport restaurant is excellent. Prices for...

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  • For coming to the USA first time :-)

    Remember! The USA is a car country, so Virginia is. If you are from say Europe change your mind and stop to desperately look for any possibilities to explore Virginia without a car. Just hire it whatever it costs. Gas (petrol) is even over twice less expensive than in Europe, look here :-)!Well, there are some other possibillities, generally even...

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  • Metro is the best option!

    As I already stated I do NOT recommend driving in Northern Virginia. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) runs efficient system of transportation both by metro and by scheduled buses called metro buses. The one system covers Washington DC and adjacent areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia including Arlington, Springfield,...

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  • Hotel free shuttles - my recommendation

    Hotel shuttle is the most comfortable and free mean of transportation especially useful for folks with a lot of luggage.All three hotels, I stayed, in Arlington offered free transportation by hotel shuttle (van or bus) at least to the nearest metro station, two of them to the nearest airport that is Ronald Reagan National Airport. Are there any...

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  • My KLM and taxi adventures

    I had to take a taxi from Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Days Inn Arlington (Northern Virginia) for about $40 (about 30 min. at night) because: - I was too tired to bear anything else with my heavy luggage - it was too late to catch a metrobus (after midnight) - I didn't know anything about personal safety along my way.Thanks to KLM (it was...

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  • Washington Dulles International Airport

    This huge airport is located not in Washington, DC but in Northern Virginia both in Fairfax and Loundoun county, approximately 23 miles west of Arlington (26 mi to downtown Washington, D.C.) on the Fairfax-Loudoun County line. It accommodates all international air traffic for the Washington area. To my surprise Washington, DC is probably the only...

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  • Special Shuttle Buses

    If you're going into the city and are not too overburdened by luggage, the best and cheapest option into town some 20 miles (33 km.) away is to take Metro Bus 5A which goes to L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station with an intermediate stop at Rosslyn. I took this special shuttle in mid-November, 2004. I hated to say goodbye to Matt and Urszula, but it was...

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  • The Mixing Bowl

    For those of y'all from the Champs Elysees or Roxboro, North Carolina, the mixing bowl isn't some fancy cooking supply store found in some snooty big city mall, it is a confusing string of highway in Springfield, Virginia where I-95, 395, and 495 come together. Joan, who has lived in the area for 16 years, confirms what I have long suspected. It is...

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  • Full Service Gas Station

    Here is a full service gas station. Here is where I get my car fixed. Mike and Moose are a couple of the mechanics, there, and they will fix whatever problem that your car may have.

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  • Washington-Dulles International Airport...

    Why is this tip not part of my Washington, DC page? It's not there because Washington-Dulles International airport is physically located near Chantilly, Virginia on the Fairfax-Loudoun County line. It accommodates all international air traffic for the Washington area. It is located 20 miles (33 km.) to the west of Washington, DC proper on the...

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  • Local bus service

    Large and medium-sized cities and towns have their own bus service. The city of Fairfax has the CUE (City-University Enterprise) Bus. It serves parts of Fairfax City and county from George Mason University to the Vienna metro station (the western terminus of Metrorail's orange line). George Mason University students, faculty and staff with valid ID...

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  • Varina-Enon Bridge

    The Varina-Enon bridge links Chesterfield County with Henrico County (southeast of Richmond), spanning 4680 feet (1427 m.) in length and the towers rise 300 feet (91 m.) above the river making it the highest bridge in the Richmond area. If you visit any of the suburbs east of Richmond and want to avoid the interstate traffic through downtown,...

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