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Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)

HRT is the region's public transportation system, connecting the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News.

Fares Effective October 5, 2014

(1 Trip) Bus Light Rail Ferry Max Shuttle
Adult $1.75 $1.75 $1.75 $3.50 $2.00
Half Fare *(HF) $0.75 $0.75 $0.75 $1.75 $1.00
Children** Free Free Free Free Free
HRT GoPass
1 Day $4.00 $4.00 $4.00 $6.50 $4.00
1 Day (HF)* $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 None $2.00
1 Day Bundle(5) $19.00 $19.00 $19.00 $30.00 none
1 Day Bundle(5) (HF)* $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 none none
3 Day none none none none $8.00
3 Day (HF)* none none none none $4.00
7 Day $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 none none
30 Day $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $110.00 none
30 Day (HF)* $35.00 $35.00 $35.00 none none

*Half Fare Definition
Half -Fare is for customers eligible to receive a 50% discount of the cash fare upon boarding fixed route services OR a discounted price on selected HRT fare media/passes. The following customers are designated as half-fare: Seniors - age 65 and over; Youth - age 17 and under; Medicare cardholder's or Persons with Disabilities. Valid photo identification with proof of age is required for Seniors or Youth; Medicare Cardholders must show Medicare card with valid photo identification. Persons with Disabilities must show an HRT Half-Fare ID or HRT ADA Paratransit ID with photo ID. Eligible Half-Fare individuals wishing to receive the Half -Fare discount are encouraged (but not required) to obtain an HRT Half -Fare ID or a Youth ID. For full Half-Fare guidelines and a list of accepted forms of ID, please visit the Half-Fare Eligibility page at http://www.gohrt.com/fares/half-fare-id/ or a route schedule.


The Tide

The Tide light rail extends 7.4 miles on an east to west alignment from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center through downtown Norfolk, continuing along the Norfolk Southern right-of-way, adjacent to I-264, to Newtown Road. Eleven stations are located along theroute with four park and ride facilities that provide access to major areas such as Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College (Norfolk Campus), Harbor Park, City Hall, MacArthur Center, and the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

For a map of the system and stops please click here.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 6am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday 6am - Midnight
Sunday 11am - 9pm
Holidays 11am - 9pm
Light Rail Ticket - Buy Now
Light Rail Ticket - Buy Now

Service Schedule
•  Every 10 minutes during peak rush hour (6:30-9am and 3:30-7pm)
•  Every 15 minutes during off peak hours (6-6:30am, 9am-3:30pm, 7-9:30pm) and Sundays
•  Every 30 minutes during evening hours (after 9:30pm)
•  Saturdays: Every 15 minutes mid-day and every 30 minutes morning/evening

Click here to purchase your All Day Light Rail Pass.

Paddlewheel Ferry
Paddlewheel Ferry

Paddlewheel Ferry

HRT's Paddlewheel Ferry is a system of three 150-passenger paddle-wheel ferry boats. The Ferry travels between North Landing and High Street in Portsmouth and Downtown Norfolk, at The Waterside. It's fast, economical and offers a panoramic harbor view. The Ferry operates every 30 minutes with 15-minute service during the summer at peak times on weekends. The Ferry is wheelchair accessible and allows boarding passengers to walk on with their bicycles.

For schedule and fare information, visit GoHRT.com/Services/PaddlewheelFerry



The MAX has plush, high-back seats and additional leg room, allowing for extra comfort during your ride. Because the MAX travels along area interstates, you have the luxury of a smooth, quiet commute with few distractions and limited stops. With free WiFi access you can use your travel time to work, surf the web or check and send e-mails.

Several convenient, well-marked shelters are located throughout downtown Norfolk.

Visit GoHRT.com or call 757-222-6100 for route schedules and general information.



Battery-operated with a solar powered roof, F.R.E.D. (Free Ride Every Day) is not only green but convenient. Able to carry 5 passengers, he is an extension of the existing Escort Service available daily by the Public Service Ambassadors. F.R.E.D. is an on demand courtesy shuttle driven by trained Public Service Ambassadors and is available at no cost by calling 757-478-7233.

F.R.E.D. operates Monday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday 11am to 10pm, and Saturday 2pm to 10pm. Trips on F.R.E.D. must originate or end within the boundaries of the Downtown Improvement District.

Downtown Water Taxi
Serving Downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth waterfronts

Water Taxi
Water Taxi

The downtown water taxi cruises the Elizabeth River serving weekends and takes passengers to and from Downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth. Pick up and drop off locations include:

  • Anchorage areas
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Festival areas
  • Cruise ship terminal
  • Harbor Park
  • USS Wisconsin
  • Hague

Also offered: Private charters, Weddings, Corporate events and Private tours.

Operating hours: Friday/Saturday: 5pm-11pm (Seasonal) with extended hours during festivals. Visit their facebook page for announcements on extended hours during festivals. To schedule a pick up or a private charter, call 757-439-TAXI (8294) or visit www.downtownwatertaxi.com.

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Taxi Service

No matter where you are in downtown Norfolk, there is a taxi stand nearby. Clean cabs, friendly drivers and convenient taxi stands - all good reasons to let someone else take the wheel. And don't worry about the parking charges. If you've parked your car in a city facility, just save your cab receipt. Show it to the attendant when you exit the garage. If you retrieve your car within 24 hours you will be charged no more than the maximum daily rate for that facility. So don't take a chance. Go to the nearest taxi stand and Catch a Ride.

Andy's Taxi Group


Black & White


City Wide Cabs


Duke Cab


East Side Cab


Green and White


Norfolk Checker


Norview Cars, Inc


Oceanside Taxi


Southside Cab


Waterside Taxi Co.


Yellow Cab


Biking Downtown

Biking Downtown
Biking Downtown

The Downtown Norfolk Council, at its November Member Briefing introduced the artists and unveiled the designs for five new bike racks that will also be pieces of public art. The bike racks will be strategically located throughout the downtown area. Prior to the introduction of the artists, Frank Duke, Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Norfolk, addressed the audience and reminded them that "Providing Transportation Choices" is one of the nine major themes in the City's plaNorfolk 2030. To achieve the goal of being a more "bike friendly" city and downtown, he advised that recommendations are being developed that would incorporate requirements for bicycles in the City's zoning ordinance. Click here to view the presentation (3.9MB).


To meet the needs of downtown visitors, residents, workers, students and shoppers, the City of Norfolk's Division of Parking offers ample downtown parking with more than 18,000 public parking spaces. Safe, convenient and affordable parking is provided to all patrons through the efficient management of the City's parking resources.

The rate structure for parking in Downtown is based on "value parking" in a tiered structure, where rates are established based on demand. Rates for each facility are posted at the entrance to the facility. Meters are priced in 15-minute increments and are also based on a value price structure. To manage on-street parking, meters have a 2-hour limit, with the exception of the meters in front of the Waterside Marketplace, which have a 15-minute limit. The cost for using surface parking lots and garages is also based on “value parking” in a tiered structure, where rates are established based on demand. Most facilities allow short-term and long-term parking. For additional information on parking rates by facility, click here.

Getting Here

Arriving By Land

From Richmond, Washington D.C. and Points North & West
Follow I-95 South to I-64 East in Richmond.
Follow I-64 through Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton into Norfolk.
Take Exit #284 onto I-264 West towards Norfolk.
Take Exit #9, Waterside Drive.

From New York, Philadelphia and Points North
Follow Route 13 through the Easter Shores of Maryland and Virginia.
Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
Stay on Route 13, which will become North Hampton Blvd.
Take North Hampton Blvd. to I-64 East.
Take Exit #284 onto I-264 West towards Norfolk.
Take Exit #9, Waterside Drive.

From Raleigh and Points South
Take I-95 North to Route 58 East.
Exit onto I-664 East to I-264 East.
Cross the bridge and take Exit #9, Waterside Drive.

Arriving By Sea

Downtown Norfolk and the Waterside Marina are located at ICW Mile, 0 Buoy 36. As you approach from the south, downtown’s buildings will be visible for several miles. The Marina entrance is directly below the Bank of America logo. From the north, tall buildings are also prominent, and the approach landmarks include Lambert’s Point coal piers, the Army Corps of Engineers and the USS Wisconsin Battleship.

Call 757-625-3625 for marina information and seasonal hours of operation for slip reservations.

Arriving By Train

Hampton Roads residents can experience the return of reliable train service to the region. For the first time in 35 years, Amtrak train service originates in Norfolk, with new departures connecting passengers to destinations north of the city. The result? More reliable, on-time departures - plus daily roundtrip service from Norfolk to Petersburg, Richmond, Washington DC and cities all the way up to Boston.

  • Daily roundtrip travel originating from Norfolk
  • One-seat rides to cities like Petersburg, Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, and more
  • Early morning departures from Norfolk at 4:50 am Mon-Fri and 6:05 am Sat-Sun
  • Evening arrivals in Norfolk at 8:50 pm Mon-Fri, 11:48 pm Sat, and 8:48 pm Sun
  • A new transportation option for military members traveling between Southside Hampton Roads, Fort Lee, Quantico and the Pentagon
  • A 10% fare discount for active-duty military and family - see amtrakvirginia.com for details
  • Easy online reservations and eTicketing at amtrakvirginia.com or with your smartphone (no tickets sold at the station)
  • No changes to the existing Amtrak bus service between Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News
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