Williamsburg travel guide

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You're Going to Love Williamsburg

One of the largest cities in 17th-century Virginia, Williamsburg has been preserved like nowhere else on the Eastern Seaboard. On top of the historical appeal, it's also a lively college town, so what's not to love?

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Williamsburg

1. It's a Remarkable Exhibit of Living History

Williamsburg was Virginia's capital before the American Revolution, and visitors can still wander streets from before the USA even existed. Head to Colonial Williamsburg, where 88 historic buildings and fascinating tours bring history to life.

2. Visit the College of William and Mary

Dating back to 1693, William and Mary is only younger than Harvard. Tour its stunning Sunken Garden and see where Thomas Jefferson studied, gaining inspiration that helped to create a country.

3. Learn about History at Nearby Plantations

Just outside Williamsburg you'll find a clutch of plantations like Chippokes and Berkeley - all of which provide guided tours.

4. See the Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown was a crucial War of Independence battle site, seeing the final defeat of the British. Today, guided tours bring that history-changing day in 1781 to life.

5. Spend the Day at Busch Gardens

If history becomes tiresome, there are the rollercoasters, swinging ships, and bumper cars of Busch Gardens to enjoy as well.

Where to Eat in Williamsburg

For a great atmosphere in historic surroundings, head to the King's Arms Tavern, where old-style American cuisine reigns supreme. Alternatively, give Fat Canary a try. It's the finest gourmet eatery in town. Meals will come to at least $25 in both places.

When to visit Williamsburg

Williamsburg in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 201
1 night at 3-star hotel
Williamsburg in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 201
1 night at 3-star hotel

Early to mid-spring is probably ideal, with warm weather, beautiful blooms, and attractions like Busch Gardens opening up on a daily basis.

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How to Get to Williamsburg

Plane

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) has plenty of domestic connections. From there, a taxi will cost about $60.

Train

Amtrak runs direct trains from New York City, Philadelphia, and Richmond into Williamsburg.

Car

I-95 runs north and south along the Eastern Seaboard. To get to Williamsburg, just take I-64 at Richmond.

Bus

Greyhound runs a daily service into Williamsburg Bus Station. It costs around $13 to travel from Richmond.

Airports near Williamsburg

Airlines serving Williamsburg

Lufthansa
Good (1,077 reviews)
United Airlines
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American Airlines
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KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
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British Airways
Good (765 reviews)
Delta
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Qatar Airways
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Iberia
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Air Canada
Good (473 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (155 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (584 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (332 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Finnair
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Alaska Airlines
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LATAM Airlines
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Spirit Airlines
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Where to stay in Williamsburg

Some great places to stay in Williamsburg include the gorgeous Williamsburg Inn along with the much more modern Hilton Garden Inn.

Popular neighbourhoods in Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg - first settled in 1632, Williamsburg became Virginia's main city in the 17th and 18th centuries. Astonishingly, most of it survived in Colonial Williamsburg.

Downtown Williamsburg - the core of the modern city is a thriving commercial center and hosts William and Mary, still one of the country's leading higher education institutions.

Grove - just south of the city, Grove is where you'll find Busch Gardens as well as Woods Golf Course.

Where to stay in popular areas of Williamsburg

Most booked hotels in Williamsburg

Wyndham Kingsgate Resort
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 229+
Vacation Village At Williamsburg
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 190+
Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg North
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 166+
Kingsmill Resort
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 319+
Econo Lodge Historic Area
Good (7.1, Good reviews)
C$ 73+
Wyndham Garden Williamsburg Busch Gardens Area
Good (6.8, Good reviews)
C$ 106+
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How to Get Around Williamsburg

Public Transportation

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) runs buses across the city. A standard fare is $1.50.

Taxi

There are no mandated taxi rates in Williamsburg. However, Uber XL charges a meter drop of $1.25 followed by $1.20 per mile. Most companies will be slightly more expensive than that.

Car

Rental outlets include Enterprise and Hertz. Packages can be found for as little as $20 per day.

The Cost of Living in Williamsburg

Shopping Streets

Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg is a good place to head for gifts, with boutiques like J. Fenton, Binns, and the Everything Williamsburg souvenir store.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in central Williamsburg include Farm Fresh and Aldi. As an indication, 12 eggs will cost around $2.40.

Cheap meal
C$ 19.31
A pair of jeans
C$ 51.48
Single public transport ticket
C$ 2.26
Cappuccino
C$ 4.95
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