Getting to Charlottesville

By Air

Charlottesville Airport (CHO)

CHO Airport is the official airport of the Virginia Festival of the Book. American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines serve Charlottesville and the surrounding counties with direct connections to six major hubs in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Washington (Dulles). Learn more at GoCHO.com.

Rail

Amtrak Service information can be obtained on 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 (a few blocks from the Downtown Mall).

Bus

Greyhound Bus Lines reservations and schedules information is available on Greyhound.com. The local Greyhound station is located at 310 West Main Street, Charlottesville (one block from the Downtown Mall).

Getting around in Charlottesville

Walking 

All downtown venues are within easy walking distance of each other. Programs at UVa are also within walking distance of downtown (approximately one mile). Further, many hotels that offer free parking for guests are within walking distance of Festival venues. 

Bicycles

The University of Virginia offers the UBike bike share program. You may also rent bikes from:

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.

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 from the City of Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) Buses

Public bus service is available in Charlottesville, including a free trolley offering rides between downtown, the Corner, and UVa 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. 

Car Rentals, Limousines, & Taxis

Information about car rentals, limousines, and taxis is available through the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Parking 

For venues in downtown Charlottesville, there are garages located on Water Street and Market Street as well as some free, on-street parking with a two-hour limit.

For programs on UVa Grounds, it is best to park at the Central Grounds Parking Garage. The UVa Bookstore validates parking for thirty minutes with a purchase. Hourly parking is available on the “Corner” (the district adjacent to University Avenue) in municipal garages on Elliewood Avenue, Fourteenth Street, and Wertland Avenue.