Driving is the best way to travel around Virginia Beach, even though it can be difficult to park and navigate in summertime traffic. You can drive to the area but you also have the option of flying into Norfolk International Airport (ORF) which is located about 20 miles north of the city. You can use a bicycle, a VB Wave trolley, or your own feet to travel to the various locations along the boardwalk if you are planning to stay in the downtown area. These options may not be practical for further attractions such as Cape Henry Lighthouse or the Military Aviation Museum. You can also use ride-hailing and taxis, but these costs can quickly add up.
If you don’t want to stay on the beach, or you just want to explore the area, driving a car in Virginia Beach will be your only option. Although having your own vehicle will allow you to get to the airport and other attractions without having to pay for taxis, there are some disadvantages. Congested roads can be found on the main roads of the area (the parallel-running streets between Pacific and Atlantic avenues). Parking can also be difficult and expensive. Staying at a hotel with free parking is a great way to save money on your car expenses.
On Foot and By Bike
It’s easy to walk around the center of Virginia Beach if you’re visiting for the sun and sand. You can also rent a bike for $10 an hour or $37 per the day. Some attractions, such as Sandbridge Beach or the Military Aviation Museum, can only be reached by vehicle. If you are planning on exploring outside of the resort area, consider renting a bicycle.
Taxis are an option in Virginia Beach. However, they are one of the most expensive ways to travel. The local government determines the rates so expect to pay $3.25 plus 30 cents for every 1/8 mile (or $2.40 per mile) regardless of which company you use. Bags loaded and unloaded by drivers may incur additional charges. You may also choose to use ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft to get you from A to B.
Hampton Roads Transit operates the VB Wave trolley system, which runs three routes between May and Labor Day or early Oct. These routes travel mostly along Atlantic Avenue, which is the boardwalk. However, they also stop at attractions such as the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Trolleys depart approximately every 15 to 20 minutes, or every 30 minutes depending on the route. The adult fare costs $2 and can be paid in cash at the station. If accompanied by a paying adult, each child under 17 years old rides free.