Getting Around

Downtown Norfolk is compact, walkable and easy to get around with multiple modes of transportation, both on land and on water.

Parking

To meet the needs of Downtown visitors, residents, workers, students and shoppers, the City of Norfolk's Division of Parking offers ample safe, convenient and affordable Downtown parking with more than 19,000 public parking spaces.  For a list of downtown parking garages, click here or visit our Snap Map and select Parking Garages.

Rates for each facility are posted at the entrance to the facility. Meters are priced in 15-minute increments. 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. Most facilities allow short-term and long-term parking. For additional information on parking rates by facility, click here.

Meters are priced in 15-minute increments. To manage on-street parking, meters have a 2-hour limit. Metered street parking is free during these times: Daily after 6pm; Saturday 9am-6pm - two hours within posted times; Sunday - all day. 

Passport Parking Mobile Pay makes is quick and easy to pay using your mobile phone. Sign up now for Passport Mobile Pay. Download the free PassportParking app for iphone or android. Register at m.ppprk.com. After setting up you account you can immediately start using the system from your mobile phone. Click here for more information.

Biking

Norfolk is evolving into a cycling destination for those looking for a casual afternoon ride, commuting to work or exercising. The city has a renewed focus on providing safe and enjoyable riding experiences for all. From sharrows on downtown streets to accessible bike parking, we are working to make Norfolk the hub of biking in the Hampton Roads area.

Bike Parking

The Downtown Norfolk Council recently collaborated with the City of Norfolk to install arc bike racks all over the downtown area. You can find these alongside a series of sculptural bike racks created by local artists, a bike corral and a bicycle maintenance station at MacArthur Square. Click here for our downtown map and select bike racks to find ample places to park your bike.

Trails
Bike Network map
Elizabeth River Trail

Area Bike Organizations
Bike Norfolk 
Tidewater Bicycle Association 

Safety
We Roll Together 

Events
Bike to Work Week
Norfolk Bike Month

Public Transit

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. Transportation options include buses, light rail (The Tide) and ferries.  For additional transportation information, please visit GoHRT.com

Fares for HRT Service (Not including the MAX)

Bus Fare 1 Ride one-way $1.75
Light Rail 1 Ride one-way $1.75
Go 1-Day Pass $4.00
Go 1-Day Bundle of Five $19.00
Go 7-Day Pass $20.00
Go 30-Day Pass $60.00
Youth, Senior and Disabled Fares
1 Ride Senior/Disabled $.75
1 Ride Youth (under 18 with ID) $.75
Go 1-Day Pass $2.00
Go 7-Day Pass $20.00
Go 1-Day Bundle of Five $9.50
Go 30-Day Pass $35.00
Children under 38"– Limit 2 with paying adult Free

The Tide

We are proud that Norfolk was the first city in the region to embrace light rail. The Tide rail system extends 7.4 miles, originating on the city’s west side at Eastern Virginia Medical Center, through Downtown Norfolk and then eastward to Newtown Road. There are eleven stops and four stop-and-ride facilities along the route. The Tide is a convenient option for destinations such as Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk campus, City Hall, Harbor Park, MacArthur Center and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

For a map of The Tide system and stops, click here.

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

HRT runs three 150-passenger Paddlewheel Ferry boats between Waterside in Downtown Norfolk and North Landing and High Street across the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth. Trips are fast, economical and offer panoramic views of the harbor. The Ferry operates every 30 minutes, or every 15 minutes during peak times on summer weekends. The Ferry is wheelchair accessible and passengers can walk on with bicycles.

For schedule and fare information, visit GoHRT.com

The MAX

The MAX bus offers plush, high-back seats and additional legroom for extra comfort. The MAX travels along area interstates, meaning a smooth, quiet commute with limited stops. Free WiFi enables you to stay connected during your ride. Several well-marked MAX shelters are located in Downtown.

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

F.R.E.D.: Downtown Improvement District

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 Escort Service available daily by our Public Service Ambassadors. F.R.E.D. is an on-demand courtesy shuttle driven by trained 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.

Due to DMV regulations, passengers on F.R.E.D must be over 8 years of age. 

Downtown Water Taxi

Serving Downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth waterfronts

The Downtown water taxi shuttles passengers to and from Downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth on weekends. 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 to 11pm (seasonal) with extended hours during festivals. Visit their Facebook page for announcements and extended hours. To schedule a pick up or a private charter, call 757-439-TAXI (8294) or visit www.downtownwatertaxi.com.

Visit their Twitter and Facebook pages for announcements and extended hours.

Taxi Service

No matter where you are in Downtown Norfolk, there is a taxi stand nearby. Here are Downtown taxi service providers:

Andy's Taxi Group
757-461-8880

Black & White
757-855-4444

City Wide Cabs
757-622-5630

Duke Cab
757-202-3564

East Side Cab
757-313-8863

Green and White
757-855-3333

Norfolk Checker
757-855-3333

Norview Cars, Inc
757-855-3333

Oceanside Taxi
757-455-7602

Southside Cab
757-763-9370

Waterside Taxi Co.
757-531-6430

Yellow Cab
757-857-8888

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 Downtown Norfolk.
Take Exit #9, Waterside Drive.

From New York, Philadelphia and points North
Follow Route 13 through the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia.
Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
Stay on Route 13, which will become Northampton Blvd.
Take Northampton Blvd. to I-64 East.
Take Exit #284 onto I-264 West towards Downtown 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.
Follow through the Downtown Tunnel and cross the Berkley Bridge.
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 or visit Waterside Marina 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 to Boston.

  • Daily roundtrip travel originating from Norfolk
  • One-seat rides to destinations up to Boston. 
  • Early morning departures from Norfolk at 6:10am Mon-Fri and 6:15am Sat-Sun
  • Evening arrivals in Norfolk at 8:50pm Mon-Fri, 11:48pm Sat, and 8:48pm 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 - Visit amtrakvirginia.com for details
  • Easy online reservations and eTicketing at Amtrak download the Travel Smart app to your smartphone. 
  • Amtrak Norfolk Station is now staffed and tickets can be purchased at the station at 280 Park Avenue.
  • Best rates can be found by booking at least 2 weeks in advance. 
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