Get Downtown

Whether you will be joining us from near or far, there are many different ways to get here and explore Downtown Norfolk & Olde Towne Portsmouth.

Arriving From the Interstate

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.

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.

Cost for bus and train 1-Day GoPass is $4.50.

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.

Cost for roundtrip ferry trip will be $4.00 for those traveling to the parade. A commemorative ticket will be sold by Customer Service staff from 4pm until 7:30pm.