Getting Oriented: Getting to Charlottesville
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Getting to Charlottesville

By Air: Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport
Getting there: Rt. 29 North eight miles, left on Airport Rd. (Rt 606)
From the airport to Charlottesville: Straight at the airport exit on Airport Rd. (Rt 606). Right at the first traffic light on Rt. 29. Eight miles into town.

In addition, the Richmond Airport is about one hour away and Dulles International and Reagan National airports, located in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., area respectively, are about two hours away.

The following airlines fly directly to Charlottesville:

American Airlines

Delta Connection

United Airlines

US Airways

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Airport Transportation

A Goff Airport Shuttle Transportation
Reservations/Charlottesville Airport: 434-975-8267
Toll free: 877-463-3227

Check website for rates and reservation information. Several hotels also offer shuttle services, so be sure to inquire.

Camryn Executive Transportation and Limousine

A brief description of the services offered and photos of the fleet can be found on their website.

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You can find taxis waiting to meet nearly every flight at the Charlottesville Airport, though you may have trouble late at night. Some taxis offer student discounts. A list of taxis with airport permits is available at

A and A Limousine, LLC
677 Berkmar Court

College Cab
Reservations: 434-327-9153

Ten percent off the metered rate with a student ID.

Yellow Cab of Charlottesville
1515 6th St. SE

Yellow Cab is known for its free rides on New Year's (based on availability) and the one-liners on the backs of its cars.

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Car Rentals

Avis Rent-A-Car
Reservations: 800-331-1212
Charlottesville Airport Office: 434-973-6000

Must be 25 to rent and have a major credit card in your name. Exceptions: USAA Members, military, or if the renter works with a corporation that has a waiver.

Reservations: 800-654-3131
Charlottesville Airport Office: 434-297-4288

Must be 25 to rent in Charlottesville.

National Car Rental
Reservations: 800-227-7368
Charlottesville Airport Office: 434-974-4664
Rt. 29 North & Greenbrier Dr: 434-973-2948

Charlottesville location requires minimum age of 25 and a major credit card to rent, or you can pay $25 extra per day if you are 21-24.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Reservations: 800-325-8007
Seminole Square: 434-974-7488
Pantops Shopping Center: 434-979-5566

One of most reasonable places to rent while your car is in the shop. Must be 21. If under 25, additional fee per day applies. Cars can be rented on cash basis with qualification check.

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By Train and Bus

800-USA-RAIL (872-7245)
Charlottesville station information: 434-296-4559
Getting there: W. Main St. From the Rotunda, follow University Ave./W. Main St. until you cross railroad. bridge. Station is on your right, down by the tracks.

Greyhound Bus Lines
310 W. Main St.
Fares, Schedules and Information: 434-295-5131

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By Car

From the Northeast: From the Beltway around Washington, D.C., take I-66 West to second Rt. 29 exit (at Gainesville). Go south on Rt. 29 until you reach Charlottesville. Go under the 250 Bypass, pass Barracks Road Shopping on your right and turn right at traffic light at Arlington Blvd. The Law School is at the end of Arlington Blvd. For visitor parking, turn left on Massie, take first right (onto Nash), and turn into parking lot on right.

From the South: Take I-64 West from I-95 in Richmond, or come up by Rt. 29 North from Greensboro, NC. Either way, take Rt. 29 North to the Leonard Sandridge Rd. exit. Turn left at the stoplight (onto Massie Rd.). You will pass Darden, the business school, on the left; take the next left onto Nash Rd. and make an immediate right into the Law School's visitor parking lot.

From the West: Take I-64 East, or take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-81 South and I-64 East. To get to Law School, take Rt. 29 North. See directions "From the South" above.

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Charlottesville at a Glance

The Charlottesville Metropolitan area has a population of more than 200,000. A half-hour to the west of Charlottesville is the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains. A three-hour drive to the east brings you to Atlantic Ocean beaches. Richmond, the state capital, is only one hour away by car, and Washington, D.C., is just over two hours north. The average July high is 88 degrees. The average January low is 26 degrees. Charlottesville averages more than 200 days of sunshine a year.
—The Daily Progress


For an easy way to locate places at the University, check out the WebMap, which demonstrate two kinds of locator systems, including an interactive map. The University also posts their own Driving Directions to Charlottesville.


Need a cab but have no money? Students should know that the Yellow Cab company has an agreement with the Office of the Dean of Students which specifies that students who find themselves in an uncomfortable situation without a means of getting home can call Yellow Cab. The student does not need to pay at the time of the ride, but rather he/she should reimburse the Office of the Dean of Students once they have received the bill.

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