Parking and Transportation

Need a ride? Call F.R.E.D.
Downtown Norfolk's four-wheeled Ambassador

F.R.E.D., "Free Ride Every Day,” is available by calling the Downtown Norfolk Council Escort line at 757-478-7233. He is an on-demand courtesy shuttle driven by trained Public Service Ambassadors and provides a valuable level of service to our Downtown workers, residents and visitors at no cost. Due to DMV regulations, passengers on F.R.E.D must be over 8 years of age. 

Downtown 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 available parking locations, visit our Snap Map.

Rates for each facility are posted at the entrance to the facility. Most facilities allow short-term and long-term parking. For additional information on parking rates by facility, click here. 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 (can we show logo?). Download the free PassportParking app for iphone or android. Register at After setting up you account you can immediately start using the system from your mobile phone. Click here for more information.

Maps, Directions & Public Transportation

Arriving By Land

From the 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 North Hampton Blvd.
  • Take North Hampton 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
  • Cross the Berkley Bridge and take Exit #9, Waterside Drive.

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 cities like Petersburg, Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, and more
  • 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 for details
  • Easy online reservations and eTicketing at Amtrak download the Travel Smart app to your smartphone. No tickets are sold at the station.

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.

Public Transportation

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) is the region's public transportation system, connecting the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News. Several convenient, well-marked shelters are located throughout Downtown Norfolk. For route schedules and general information, call 757-222-6100 or visit

Hampton Roads’ first light rail system, The Tide, connects travelers and commuters from Newtown Road to Eastern Virginia Medical School. With 10 stops, 5 of which are within the Downtown corridor, riders are sure to find the service relaxing and convenient.

Water Transportation

Water travel is available between Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth by ferry service.

The HRT Elizabeth River Ferry travels from the Waterside Marina to two locations in Olde Towne Portsmouth every half hour: Mon-Fri, 7am-11:45pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-11:45pm.

In addition to the Ferry service, Squyres Marine Services, Inc. provides water taxi and launch services from the Norfolk and Portsmouth waterfronts. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 5pm-1am. During the peak season and special events, there are expanded hours. Please call 757-439-8294.

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