Charlottesville is 68 miles from Richmond, Virginia and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. It is accessible by car, train, bus, and air.
From Dulles International Airport (IAD)
The nearest major airport, besides CHO and RIC, is Dulles International Airport (IAD), outside Washington, D.C. IAD is about 120 miles (2 ½ hours) by car from Charlottesville. IAD itself is 40 miles west of Washington, D.C.
UVA Express (International Students Only)
The UVA Express is free, coordinated transportation from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. to the University of Virginia on designated dates in August. For more information and to register, see the UVA Express website.
Amtrak does not service IAD or Washington International Airport (DCA). You have to go from these airports to Union Station in Washington, D.C. in order to take Amtrak to Charlottesville. Since DCA is right on the metroline it is the easiest airport to access Union Station. One-way cab fare from IAD is $20–25, but service is very limited and reservations are either required or strongly suggested.
Amtrak trains provide service from the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Rail Station (which connects to Union Station), where free shuttles serve the airport terminal. To contact the BWI Rail Station, please call 800.872.7245. For Amtrak schedules and information call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit the Amtrak Website.
Metro offers BWI Express Metro bus service between BWI and the Greenbelt metro station (which connects to Union Station). The service provides a direct connection between BWI and the Greenbelt Metro Station. The BWI Express/B30 service runs every 40 minutes, seven days a week to the Greenbelt Metro Station, which is located on the Green Line of the Washington Metro System. Buses run 25 times each weekday and 21 times on Saturdays and Sunday, every 40 minutes. For more information call 202.637.7000 or visit the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority Website.
A Goff Limousine & Bus Company (toll free 877.463.3227). You must arrange for service in advance. One-way fare $138–150. Other private taxis may be willing to drive you to Charlottesville. One-way fare is approximately $150-200 plus tip.
From Charlotteville-Albermarle Airport (CHO)
The Charlottesville Airport is located approximately 8 miles from the University. CHO is a non-hub, commercial service airport offering 46 daily non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Detroit, and Atlanta. CHO is served by Delta Connection, United Express, and US Airways Express. American Eagle Airlines also offers two daily round-trip flights between Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and CHO.
You can find taxis at CHO waiting to meet nearly every incoming flight. However, you may also arrange a taxi with a local company, such as A Goff Limousine & Bus Company (877.463.3227), AAA Cab Company (434.975.5555), A-C Airport Cab (434.981.0585). The average taxi fare between the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport and UVA is $15-20 plus tip (10–15%). There is no city or UVA bus to and from the airport.
From Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond, the state capital, is 70 miles east of Charlottesville. There is no train service between Richmond and Charlottesville, and no bus service between RIC and Charlottesville. RIC itself is 20 miles east of Richmond.
A Goff Limousine & Bus Company (877.463.3227). You must arrange for this in advance. One-way fare $108-150. Other private taxis at RIC may be willing to drive you to Charlottesville. You will have to ask at RIC about this. One-way fare $100–150 plus tip.