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Transportation to Williamsburg

Airports

Three 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 we do not recommend flying into DC on your first trip to Williamsburg.
  • Booking your Return Flight: Graduate students, check with your department about the best time to book flights home, as exam schedules and other graduate commitments vary.  Undergraduate students, book your flight so that it leaves the day after the exam period.  For Fall 2014, the exam period ends December 17, 2014. Residence halls close at 12pm on December 18, so book your fall flight for December 18.  The Spring 2015 exam period ends May 13, 2015. Residence halls close on May 14, so book your spring flight for May 14.
  • Bring your Physical Address:  If traveling by taxi or shuttle, bring a campus map with you, and the physical address of your apartment or dorm. If you live on campus, you can find the physical address for your building in the Campus Street Address directory.  If you are an undergraduate student, and will be traveling directly to the Reves Center to check in, the Reves Center address is 200 S. Boundary St, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Airport Shuttles and Services
  • Prices May Change: Shuttle/taxi prices were checked in March 2014, 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.
  • Graduate students and Scholars: Before arranging transport, first check with your department, program or contact at W&M to see if other arrangements have been made to pick you up from the airport.

From Richmond Airport (RIC):
Groome Transportation Shuttle Service: $110 (for 1-3 passengers), rates subject to change.  Advance reservation required by phone (1-804-222-7222 or 1-800-552-7911) or email: reservations@groometrans.com.  If reserving by email, make a reservation at least several days before your flight.
Tidewater Coach Shuttle: $90 per person; $60 each 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 Newport News Airport (PHF):
Tidewater Coach shuttle service: $45 per person; $30 per person if multiple riders, rates subject to change. Advance reservation required.  Special William & Mary rates are available.
After landing, you can go the Taxi Stand where there are taxis waiting (you can check their website's "Ground Transportation" section for a list of companies). Costs will vary.
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):
James River Transportation shuttle service: $120 (for 1-3 passengers), rates may vary. Advance reservation required. Phone: 1-866-823-4626, or book online.
Tidewater Coach Shuttle: $120 per person; $60 each 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.

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 each day and sometimes sell out, so check the schedule and buy in advance.  Trains to Williamsburg often have delays.

Note: With the exception of the Williamsburg Bus and Train Station, bus stations and train stations in U.S. cities are often not in the safest section of the city and rarely near the airport. Since you are new to the area, you may want to pay a little extra and take the shuttle service that brings you directly from the airport to Williamsburg.

Hotels

If you will be staying in a W&M dorm, and plan to arrive in Williamsburg prior to the date that the dorms open, you will be responsible for finding your own housing in a local hotel. When booking a hotel, check the distance from W&M, and keep in mind that some areas of Williamsburg are not pedestrian-friendly.  Public transportation is also minimal.

Local hotels include:

Additional options are also listed with the Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association.