Travel Options beyond Grounds

Parking & Transportation


Charlottesville Transit (CAT)

The city of Charlottesville operates a bus system accessible free of charge to UVa students with a student ID. Charlottesville Area Transit provides service Monday through Saturday from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to the major shopping areas in Charlottesville and to the downtown area.

CAT also provides a free trolley service Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. The trolley runs directly to the Downtown Mall from the University area.

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Home Ride of Virginia

This independently owned bus service provides weekend and holiday transportation for college students to Northern Virginia, Richmond, and the Tidewater area in eastern Virginia. Tickets can be bought at the UVa Bookstore or at TJ’s Locker at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

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Car Sharing with Zipcar

UVa and Car Sharing with Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing service, provide car-sharing services on Grounds. Self-service Zipcars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations include gas, insurance, 180 free miles, and roadside assistance. To sign up for Zipcar, see the website.

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Ride Sharing with Zimride

Parking and Transportation offers free online ride matching through software called Zimride, an easy way to share the seats in a car with UVa friends, classmates, and coworkers. UVa Zimride requires a UVa secure log-in.

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Limousine Services

Several limousine services operate in the Charlottesville area and offer one-way or roundtrip service to the airports in Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C., areas. For a list, search online for "limousine service Charlottesville Va."

Air Transportation

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) is a non-hub, commercial service airport offering flights daily to and from several major U.S. cities. The airport is located eight miles north of Charlottesville and one mile west of Route 29 on Airport Road.

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CHO is served by the following airlines:

  • American Airlines
    Daily nonstop flights to Chicago, New York La Guardia, and points beyond.
  • Delta Air Lines
    Daily nonstop flights to Atlanta, New York La Guardia, and points beyond.
  • United Airlines
    Daily nonstop flights to Washington Dulles and points beyond.
  • US Airways
    Daily nonstop flights to Philadelphia, Charlotte, and points beyond.

Ground Transportation


810 West Main Street
Note: Especially convenient for students, Amtrak Virginia offers a daily, one-seat ride between Charlottesville and points as far north as Boston (and as far south as Lynchburg, Va.).


310 West Main Street
1.800.231.2222 or 434.295.5131

NYC Shuttle
Special-amenities bus service between Charlottesville and New York City