Transportation in Williamsburg, Virginia
Below is important information on Williamsburg area transportation, including important information on biking.
Local Bus Service
There is a public bus system in Williamsburg. Daily, weekly and monthly fares are available.
WATA BUS AND TROLLEY PASSES:
- All-Day Standard Fare - $3.00
- 7-Day Standard Fare - $15.00
- 30-Day Standard Fare - $45.00
There is no scheduled air service directly to Williamsburg. However there are a number of airports nearby:
- Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
- Richmond (RIC)
- Newport News (PHF)
- Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)
The nearest bus station is in Williamsburg at the Amtrak Station.
There is train service to Williamsburg via the Amtrak station.
Shuttle and Taxi Services
If you are arranging your own transportation from the airport or bus station, try to coordinate with other students arriving on the same day to split costs. A 10% to 15% tip is customary.
- Taxis from Norfolk Airport: There is an extensive list of taxi companies on the Norfolk International Airport website.
- Taxis from Richmond Airport: There is an extensive list of taxi companies on the Richmond International Airport website.
- James River Transportation, Toll free 1-(866) 823-4626. Norfolk local 1-(757) 963-0433
Williamsburg Taxi Companies:
When you’re walking:
- Look for cars in all directions--including those turning left or right or backing up--before crossing the street or parking lot.
- Obey all pedestrian traffic signals.
- At night, walk in well-lit areas, carry a flashlight, or wear something reflective to be more visible
- Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic. At bus stops, cross behind the bus or at the nearest crosswalk.
- Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the roadway as you can.
When you’re bicycling:
- Wear a helmet. It could save your life.
- Under Virginia law a bicycle operator is subject to the same traffic laws as an automobile driver. Obey all traffic signals and stop at “Stop” signs and red lights.
- Ride in the direction of traffic and as far to the right as practicable.
- Use front and rear lights and reflectors at night and be as visible as possible.
- Use hand signals to indicate when turning.
In case of an accident involving personal injury, notify the police and later obtain a copy of the police report. This is important for insurance purposes: Medical costs for severe injuries could easily be in excess of your J-1 required insurance, and you may be liable for these costs if you cannot prove that you are completely innocent of causing the accident.