Transportation

Getting to Charlottesville

By Air

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) is the official airport of the Virginia Festival of the Book. It is a non-hub, commercial service airport offering 50 daily non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago. CHO is served by Delta Connection, United Express, US Airways Express, and American Eagle Airlines.

CHO is located 8 miles north of the City of Charlottesville, one mile west of Route 29 on Airport Road. Daily and Hourly parking lots are conveniently located near the terminal building. For more information on airlines, flights, and ground transportation to and from the airport, see the Airport’s website at GoCHO.com.

Rail

Amtrak Service information can be obtained on the Amtrak website at Amtrak.com. Station hours are from 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM. The local Amtrak station is located at:
810 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22903
(a few blocks from the downtown mall)
(434) 296-4559

Bus

Greyhound Bus Lines reservations and schedules information is available by calling (800) 231-2222 or visiting Greyhound.com. The local Greyhound station is located at:
310 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Va.
(one block from the downtown mall)
(434) 295-5131

Driving Directions to Charlottesville

From Washington, D.C.: Take Interstate 66 West until Exit 43A to merge onto US-29 South toward Gainesville. Continue on 29-South into Charlottesville. See map for specific venues.

From Richmond: Take Interstate 64 West to Exit 118B to merge onto US-29 North toward Charlottesville. There are five exits that lead into Charlottesville and they are Fontaine Avenue (29 Business), Ivy Road (250 Business), Barracks Road, and Route 29 (N to Washington, S to Charlottesville).

From Staunton: Take Interstate 81 South to Exit 221 to merge onto Interstate 64 East. Continue on I-64 East to Exit 118B to merge onto US-29 North toward Charlottesville. There are five exits that lead into Charlottesville and they are Fontaine Avenue (29 Business), Ivy Road (250 Business), Barracks Road, and Route 29 (N to Washington, S to Charlottesville).

Getting around in Charlottesville

Bicycles

There are bicycle lanes around the Downtown and University areas and on West Main Street, the road between these two areas. All Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) buses are equipped to take bikes and bike racks are available at all major Festival venues. General biking information is available at Bike Charlottesville. Currently, there is one bicycle shop in the area that rents bikes:

Blue Ridge Cyclery
722 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, Va. 22902
(434) 529-6521
Please call for availability and group rates. Helmets are also available for rent.

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)

Public bus service is available in Charlottesville, including a free trolley offering rides between downtown, The Corner, and U.Va. Grounds. A detailed schedule is available online or via the CAT mobile app.

During the Festival, CAT bus guides are available at the information desk in the lobby of the Omni Charlottesville Hotel. For further information, call CAT at (434) 970-3649 or email CAT@charlottesville.org.

Car Rentals, Limousines, Taxis, and Hotel Shuttles

Information about car rentals, limousines, and taxis is available through the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB). The CACVB also provides an extensive listing of area hotels, many of which offer guest shuttle services.