Getting Around Richmond

Richmond, the capital city of Virginia, is serviced by major interstate highways such as I-95 (running north-south) and I-64 (running east-west). The Downtown Expressway and the Powhite Parkway are toll roads, and there are also a number of state highways.

The Greater Richmond Transit System provides public transportation in the city of Richmond. The company owns and operates 186 buses that travel 40 different routes in the city and in Henrico County. They also serve Mechanicsville, Petersburg, and parts of Chesterfield County. Passengers who ride frequently will probably wish to purchase a Go Card. Be aware that Henrico County buses do not currently run on weekends, and that some well-known areas, such as Hanover County, have no bus service.

Though public transportation is limited, over 40 taxicab companies operate in the city. There is also a contracted limousine service at the airport. Taxi or rental car is the best way to access the airport, as public transportation to and from there is very limited.

Flying into and out of Richmond, you'll find yourself in the Richmond International Airport (RIC) whose catchy tag line is "Now you're going places." Their recent $300 million dollar terminal renovation has made this small airport more efficient. They currently manage about 105,000 take-offs and landings every year. They've also expanded their parking garage so they can handle 10,000 cars.

Car Rentals
Once you've flown into the city, you may be looking for ground transportation. Nine car rental agencies service Richmond International Airport, including the major chains Hertz, Enterprise, and Thrifty.

Amtrak has two stations in Richmond. The Main Street Station downtown has limited service, but the station on Staples Mill Road (in the suburban West End) is on a major north-south line and carries a number of passengers to and from major cities in those directions.

Richmond is an old and historic city, and there are many worthwhile places you can see on foot. The Richmond History Center has created a number of group walking tours downtown. Guides regularly lead groups to locations such as Carytown, historic Monument Avenue, Hollywood Cemetery, Church Hill, and Shockoe Bottom. Each tour lasts approximately two hours. The History Center also provides bus tours with locations centered on certain themes such as Historic Cemeteries, The Civil War, and Jewish History in Richmond.