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How to Get to the Outer Banks

Navigate the Outer Banks

Some drive. Some fly. Either way, getting to and around the Outer Banks is easy. Once you're on the islands, a couple of roads traverse north to south making it almost impossible to lose your way. As for flights, the Outer Banks is easily accessible from Norfolk International Airport (82 miles north), Raleigh Durham International Airport (192 miles west), or Coastal Carolina Airport (138 miles southwest). Expect a scenic drive-in and one filled with anticipation. If you're feeling especially adventurous, approach the islands from the south and travel in on one of the car ferries. The travel time is a bit longer, but sure to make a memory.

Beach Air

Please be advised of an upcoming I-64 Widening Project on the Peninsula in Virginia. There are no planned daytime lane closures; however, nighttime lane closures are in effect Sunday through Thursday beginning as early as 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning. As you may know, this corridor of I-64 can become quite congested during the summer months, and visitors may want to use our free traffic information tools (VA511 website/phone/app or tune to 1680AM) for real-time updates. We also recommend using Route 460 when possible to avoid congestion.

Do you need an Electric Vehicle charging station? Find a charging station on the Outer Banks.

Ferry Schedules

As we're surrounded by water, traveling by ferry is a convenient and popular mode of transportation on the...

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Driving Directions

The Outer Banks is as far east as you can go without getting wet. With that simple truth in your back pocket,...

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Get To The Obx Faster

Here are some suggestions to avoid the traffic and get to the Outer Banks faster!

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Ground Transportation & Vehicle Rentals

Are you looking for the best way to get around the Outer Banks? Check out our local modes of transportation. No...

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Air Charters

Air Charters are a great way to get to and from North Carolina's Outer Banks. 

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What airport do you fly into for the Outer Banks?

The closest international airport to the Outer Banks of North Carolina is Norfolk International Airport in Norfolk, VA. ORF is approximately an hour and a half from the northern OBX beaches.

View our list of air charters and tours.


Can you fly to the Outer Banks, NC?

The closest international airport to the Outer Banks is in Norfolk, VA. You can book private charters to the OBX, view a full list of air charters and tours. 

What airport is closest to the Outer Banks?

The closest international airport to the Outer Banks is ORF in Norfolk, VA. Private charters are available for booking and a full list of tours and air charters can be found here.

Which airlines fly nonstop to Norfolk, VA?

Here you can find a full list of flights to Norfolk, VA. 

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