Transportation to Williamsburg

Airports

Several airports serve the residents of Williamsburg:

Important Considerations
  • Washington, DC: Flights are generally cheaper to DC, but public transportation from DC to Williamsburg is minimal. It can be expensive and complicated to travel from DC to Williamsburg, so you may want to consider flying into an airport listed above for your first trip.
  • Booking your Flight: If you are a new student, you must attend international orientation, so plan your arrival accordingly. Graduate students, check with your department about the best time to book flights home, as exam schedules and other graduate commitments vary. Undergraduate students, refer to the academic calendar and residence hall schedules when arranging flights home. Exams cannot be scheduled around flights, and dorms close shortly after the exam period.
  • Bring your Physical Address: If you are traveling by taxi or shuttle, bring a campus map with you, and the physical address of your destination, such as your apartment, dorm, or orientation welcome. If you live on campus, you can find the physical address for your building in the Campus Street Address directory.
Airport Shuttles and Services
  • Prices May Change: Shuttle/taxi prices were checked in April 2017, but are subject to change.
  • Tipping: For taxis and shuttles, standard US practice is to pay a tip of 15-20% of the fare to the driver.

From Richmond Airport (RIC):

  • bioRide Transportation: $90 (for 1-2 passengers); discount if multiple riders. Rates subject to change. Advance reservation required.
  • Oleta Coach Lines: Contact the company for pricing and availability.
  • Tidewater Coach Shuttle: $95 per person; discount if multiple riders. Rates subject to change. Advance reservation required. Special William & Mary rates are available.
  • Uber: Price estimates are available on the company's website.
  • Lyft: Price estimates are available on the company's website.
  • Additional taxi options are available through the airport. Rates will vary; some companies may not offer a flat rate to Williamsburg.

From Newport News Airport (PHF):

  • bioRide Transportation: $68 (for 1-2 passengers); discount if multiple riders. Rates subject to change. Advance reservation required.
  • Oleta Coach Lines: Contact the company for pricing and availability.
  • Tidewater Coach shuttle service: $50 per person; discount if multiple riders. Rates subject to change. Advance reservation required. Special William & Mary rates are available.
  • Additional taxi options are available through the airport. Rates will vary; some companies may not offer a flat rate to Williamsburg.

From Norfolk Airport (ORF):

  • bioRide Transportation: $120 (for 1-2 passengers); discount if multiple riders. Rates subject to change. Advance reservation required.
  • James River Transportation: Contact the company for pricing and availability. Advance reservation required through website or by phone: 1-866-823-4626.
  • Oleta Coach Lines: Contact the company for pricing and availability.
  • Tidewater Coach Shuttle: $125 per person; discount if multiple riders. Rates subject to change. Advance reservation required. Special William & Mary rates are available.
  • Uber: Price estimates are available on the company's website.
  • Lyft: Price estimates are available on the company's website.
  • Additional taxi options are available through the airport. Rates will vary; some companies may not offer a flat rate to Williamsburg.

Washington D.C. Airports

Taxis

Taxis are often quite expensive in the U.S., so unless you are sharing the ride with another person, this is often not an economical way to come to Williamsburg from the airport.

Bus

Greyhound Bus Company offers bus service between most cities in the U.S. (including Williamsburg). Williamsburg Bus Station is 2 km from William & Mary.

Train

AMTRAK is the passenger train service in the U.S, and offers service between Williamsburg, Richmond, and Washington DC. The Williamsburg train station is 2km from the College. Amtrak stations are not near the airport in Richmond. In Washington DC, Amtrak can be accessed from the airport by Metrorail. Trains only come to Williamsburg once or twice per day and sometimes sell out in advance. Trains to Williamsburg often have delays.

With the exception of the Williamsburg Bus and Train Station, bus stations and train stations in U.S. cities are sometimes not in the safest section of the city and rarely near the airport. Another option is to pay for shuttle service from the airport to Williamsburg.

Hotels

If you will be staying in a W&M dorm, and will arrive in Williamsburg before the dorms open, you must arrange your own early housing such as in a hotel. When booking a hotel, note that some areas of Williamsburg are not pedestrian-friendly. Public transportation is also minimal.

Local accommodations within walking distance to W&M include:

Additional options are also listed with the Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association, and other resources such as Tripadvisor and Hotels.com.