Ditch the crowded public transportation and jump into a rental car, which is the most comfortable way to explore both Virginia Beach and its surrounding areas. A car will allow you to freely explore the coastal area and some of the city's best parks, such as First Landing State Park and Neptune's Park. Drive your rental car to nearby Norfolk to see the USS Wisconsin, plus the city of Richmond is only 45 minutes away.
All the major car rental companies can be found at Norfolk International Airport (ORF), which is approximately 30 minutes away from Virginia Beach. The car rental desks are located in the Arrivals Hall, which is on the Level 1 of the terminal. Many counters operate from early in the day (4:30 a.m.) until late at night (1 a.m.). Vehicle pickup is on Level G, and rental car return is on Level 2.
Virginia Beach is pretty straightforward to navigate, and the best time to visit (weather-wise) is from June to August. That's also peak season, however, so be prepared to find lots of tourists and generally more people on the roads. Two-way traffic must also keep to its side of the road, as a general rule. Drinking driving laws are strict, with the maximum blood alcohol limit being 0.08.
Morning rush hour usually takes place between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and evening rush hour happens between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The evening peak hour may start slightly earlier around the shipyard and naval base as workers get off around 3:30 p.m. The Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) connects the Virginia Beach area to the north side of Hampton Roads, which is where most traffic jams happen, so plan your trip accordingly.
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Intermediate rental cars in Virginia Beach are around 40% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car rental companies in Virginia Beach which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Enterprise and Hertz
On average a hire car in Virginia Beach costs C$ 62 per day.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Virginia Beach is Enterprise (7.9, 64 reviews).
The average gas price in Virginia Beach is C$ 4.01 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 48 and C$ 64, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Virginia Beach.
A Compact car rental in Virginia Beach costs C$ 80 per day, on average.
A Supplier choice car rental in Virginia Beach costs C$ 55 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Virginia Beach costs C$ 89 per day, on average.
In Virginia Beach, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 2200 Norview Avenue (21 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Virginia Beach costs C$ 434 per week (C$ 62 per day).
On average a rental car in Virginia Beach costs C$ 1,861 per month (C$ 62 per day).
A hybrid car is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint when driving around the area, and a convertible makes for a fun option when cruising along the coast with the top down, especially when the weather is nice. If you're traveling with family or a group of friends, a minivan offers more comfort and space for everyone.
The speed limit in the city is usually 25 mph, but it may be lower in certain residential areas and school zones, so keep an eye out for posted signs. Secondary roads have a speed limit of 55 mph, and unpaved roads observe a speed limit of 35 mph. Highways typically have a 70-mph speed limit.
The average gas prices in Virginia Beach are about $2.11 per gallon. Lower prices can range anywhere between $1.92 and $2.07 per gallon. Remember that, especially in the summer and on weekends, lots of people head into or out of Virginia Beach early in the morning and later in the evening (and they fill up around that time too), so make sure you plan in advance if you need to fill up the tank.
Parking in Virginia Beach is plentiful, with lots of municipal parking lots available in the Oceanfront, Sandbridge, and Chesapeake Bay areas. Garages charge a maximum of $10 per day unless you're staying overnight. Metered parking is also available for a rate of up to $2 per hour. You'll find free parking spots between 5th Street and Rudee Loop from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.