Getting Around Charlottesville
The best way to get around Charlottesville largely depends on what you plan to do. The close proximity of businesses in downtown make it easy for visitors to walk from place to place. Not up for walking? The city provides a free trolley service that delivers passengers to the main local attractions including the UVA rotunda, Scott Stadium and the Downtown Mall. The bus system is also an option for getting around downtown, though the majority of its routes is for residential use. It offers one-day unlimited use for only $1.50.
If you want to enjoy attractions outside of the city with a trip to a winery, presidential homestead or Shenandoah National Park, you will need a car. Most of these options are at least 5 miles outside the city center. Parking garages are available downtown and your hotel may have parking available as well.
The closest airport is the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO), which is about 10 miles north of downtown. It's serviced by top airlines like Delta, United and American. If you do decide to rent a car, you can do so at the airport.
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