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Virginia Beach Travel Guide

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Getting Around Virginia Beach

The best way to get around Virginia Beach is by car, even though parking and summertime traffic can be tough. Most people drive to the area, but you could also fly into Norfolk International Airport (ORF), which sits about 20 miles northwest of the city. If you plan on staying in the downtown area, you could rely on your own two feet, a bicycle or the VB Wave trolley system to get to and from locales by the boardwalk. However, none of these options are practical for reaching farther attractions like Cape Henry Lighthouse and the Military Aviation Museum. Taxis and ride-hailing services can also be used, but the fees for these modes of transportation can quickly add up.

Car

Driving a car in Virginia Beach is pretty much the only way to get around if you're not staying on the beach or if you want to explore. Having your own set of wheels will get you to and from the airport and farther attractions without paying pricey taxi fees, but this option does come with some downsides. The area's two main roads (the parallel-running streets of Atlantic and Pacific avenues) can get congested. Parking is also limited and can get very expensive. To save some coin on car expenses, consider staying at a hotel that offers free parking.

On Foot & By Bike

If you're coming to Virginia Beach for sun and sand, it's easy to get around the city center on foot. Renting a bike, which starts at $9 per hour or $30 per day, is another option. But some attractions (such as Sandbridge Beach and the Military Aviation Museum) can only be reached by car, so consider using another mode of transportation if you plan on venturing outside the resort area.

Trolley

The VB Wave trolley system – which is operated by Hampton Roads Transit – offers three routes from May to Labor Day or early October. These routes mostly travel along Atlantic Avenue by the boardwalk but also make stops at attractions like the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Trolleys generally depart every 15, 20 or 45 minutes between 8 a.m. and midnight, though exact service times vary by route. Fares are paid in cash on board and cost $2 per adult. Each child 17 and younger rides for free when with a paying adult. One- and three-day passes are also sold at waterfront Sunsations retailers for $2.25 to $8 per person.

Taxi

Taxis are available in Virginia Beach but are one of the pricier ways to get around. Rates are determined by the local government, so you can expect to pay a starting rate of $3.25, plus 30 cents per 1/8 mile traveled (or $2.40 per mile), no matter which company you use. Additional charges may apply for bags loaded or unloaded by the driver. You can also opt to get from point A to point B via ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

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