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How to get from Richmond Airport to Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a vibrant beach destination located on the east coast of Virginia. The beach scene is lively all year round. In the autumn and winter, you can ride horses along the beach and fish in the open ocean. In the spring and summer, kayaking with dolphins and windsurfing are local highlights. No matter how you want to spend your beach holiday, there are activities for the whole family. 

To get from Richmond Virginia Airport to Virginia Beach, we recommend taking a taxi.

Unfortunately, the public transport options from Richmond Airport to Virginia Beach are limited. You would have to take a combination of buses and trains, with over four different transfers. The journey takes at least 4 hours and 30 minutes, and many of the services are only available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Given the complexity and stress that public transport would incur, we don’t recommend any bus or train routes.

The best and smoothest way of making the 163 km journey is to take a taxi. It shouldn’t take longer than 1 hour and 35 minutes. 

For the most relaxing journey, you can book a private transfer. You’re guaranteed to have a comfortable ride to your destination with a friendly, professional driver and a hand-selected vehicle.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Richmond at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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How to get from Richmond Airport to Virginia Beach by taxi

Taking a taxi from Richmond Virginia Airport to Virginia Beach is the smoothest option. It takes roughly 1 hour and 35 minutes in normal traffic conditions. Taxis are also available in line with the flight times at Richmond Airport. So whenever you land, there will be taxis waiting for you. However, there may be a short wait for taxis during busy periods.

How much is the taxi fare from Richmond Airport to Virginia Beach?

Local taxi drivers in Richmond may offer you a fixed-rate fare to Virginia Beach. However, this is at the driver’s discretion. Typically, they use taximeters to calculate their fares. The main factors that impact the cost are the distance travelled, the number of passengers, and the time of day. 

On average, it’ll cost $270 (€246) to travel from Richmond International Airport to Virginia Beach by taxi. A few factors impact the cost:

  • Each passenger over six years old costs an additional $1 (€0.90).
  • Kids under six years old ride free when accompanied by at least one fare-paying adult. 
  • Discounts are often available for those over 60.
  • The cost will rise slightly between 21:00 to 06:00. 

The only way to guarantee a fixed-rate fare is to book a private transfer to Virginia Beach in advance. This will not only help with your travel budgeting, but it’ll also eliminate any wait times you might experience at the taxi stands.


$270 (€246)

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 35 Min.

*Prices vary unless booked in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available according to the flight schedule at Richmond International Airport (RIC).

Where do I get the taxi from?

Taxis are readily available from the taxi stands outside of the terminal building at Richmond Airport. They are located close to the north and south parking garages. There are signs to the taxi stands from the Arrivals Hall, and if in doubt, you can always ask a member of staff for guidance.


We recommend taking a taxi from Richmond Airport to Virginia Beach because it’s convenient, comfortable and efficient. Public transportation would take 4-5 hours with multiple changes and transfers. That can be stressful for tourists – especially those with young children or heavy luggage. A taxi will offer you a door-to-door service and relatively fast travel times.

However, given that the journey from Richmond International Airport to Virginia Beach is so long, you might not find a driver immediately willing to take you without a prior booking. That’s why we recommend booking a private transfer in advance so that you have guaranteed transport with flexible cancellation. 

Editor’s Note

Most of the taxis available at Richmond Airport can carry up to four passengers; if you require a larger vehicle, it’s best to book in advance.

Useful Tips

Tips are expected in Richmond, VA. We recommend accounting for an extra 10-20% tip on top of your taxi fare.
There are wheelchair-accessible taxis available from the airport.
You can pay for your taxi by cash or credit/debit card.
Taxis from Richmond Airport are regulated by the airport, so only licensed drivers from two accredited companies may queue at the taxi stands.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Richmond Airport to Virginia Beach?

Richmond International Airport is 163 km away from Virginia Beach. The journey typically takes around 1 hour and 35 minutes by taxi.

How do I get from Richmond – Virginia Airport to Virginia Beach?

The only truly viable way of getting from Richmond Virginia Airport to Virginia Beach is by taxi or private transfer. While public transport does exist, the route would involve over four transfers, mixed transportation mediums, and 4-6 hours of travel time. The public transport options are also not available every day (not even every weekday). So given the complexity of the public transport system, we recommend booking a private transfer. It’s the most convenient and straightforward option. By car, the route is just 1 hour and 35 minutes.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Richmond Airport to Virginia Beach?

A local taxi from Richmond International Airport to Virginia Beach will cost $270 (€246) on average. However, local taxis don’t typically operate with fixed-rate fares. Your driver will use a taximeter that will determine your final fare depending on the exact distance travelled, the time of day, and the number of passengers. Tips are also customary in Richmond, so you’d need to calculate an additional 10-20% for your driver. If you’d prefer the ease and simplicity of having a set fare agreed in advance, you can book a professional, top-rated private transfer service with Welcome Pickups.

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