Norfolk is a beautiful waterfront city in Virginia, the second largest in the state. It’s home to Naval Station Norfolk, a massive naval base on the Chesapeake Bay, which may not be a big attraction for tourists, but the city’s 144 miles of shoreline, thriving arts community, and nearly 100 annual festivals are certainly drawcards. You can visit any time of the year, as Norfolk experiences distinct seasons, and the activities you’re likely to enjoy will vary depending on when you come. Winter can be cold and snowy, with average high temperatures around 50 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be a great time to find cheap flights and accommodation, as few tourists visit during the season. Spring, from March – May, is a busier tourist season, with comfortable temperatures ranging from 55-87 degrees Fahrenheit. From June – August, warm temperatures bring peak tourist season, so book your flights and rooms early to beat the crowds. During the fall, tourist visits taper off, but the weather remains fine, with temperatures of 60 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s a great time to plan your trip.
In the past two weeks, users have booked deals to Norfolk for $76/person, which is 88% cheaper than the average flight to Norfolk. To find the cheapest price to Norfolk from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
The month of August is, on average, the cheapest month to fly to Norfolk from United States, with most prices found around $168. The month of April is another great option to travel to Norfolk, with average flight prices from United States averaging around $183.
Most flyers found that booking tickets 33 days in advance of their planned departure date is the best time to get cheap flights to Norfolk. During this timeframe, flight prices are around $221. However, in the past 72 hours, people saw flights from United States for as low as $130.
According to our data, Thursday is the cheapest day to fly to Norfolk from United States. The lowest ticket price found for a Thursday departure recently was $217. Keep in mind that prices can always vary depending on your route and whether or not you are flying domestic or international. On the other hand, Tuesday is the most expensive day to depart from United States because it is more convenient for both business and leisure travelers. As a result, prices tend to be around $286.
In the morning is the cheapest time of day to fly from United States to Norfolk when you can find flight prices for as low as $237. Flying to Norfolk in the morning is an ideal time because this is during off-peak travel hours. Try not to purchase tickets in the afternoon because they tend to be around $262. Of course, these prices can vary depending on the time of year and what airport you fly to.
If you are planning a flight to Norfolk and are looking to avoid the rain, you should avoid traveling during the months of July and August. These months will typically see 5.1 inches or more of rain, meaning that rain is likely. If you do run into rain while in Norfolk, there are still things to do and ways to enjoy your trip. While in Norfolk you will find Hampton Roads Naval Museum nearby which is a great museum to visit when you’re looking for things to do indoors. For those looking to get out of the rain and do a little shopping, check out Waterside Festival Marketplace.
If you’re looking to do your hiking in warmer conditions, consider planning your flight to Norfolk for April, October, and November. Parks like Town Point Park are popular hot spots in those months.
Those flying to Norfolk could potentially find better pricing at Newport News Intl Airport (22 mi from Norfolk city center) or Richmond Byrd Intl Airport (73 mi from Norfolk city center) depending on the month and departure airport.
You can find deals at Newport News Intl Airport for $545pp on average, but that price can change based on your departure airport. To save money, try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
Currently, United States travel restrictions include travel to Norfolk. The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have passed through or have been in China, Iran, European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland and Brazil in the past 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the above countries in the past 14 days may still enter the United States, but must arrive at one of the following airports: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas, (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK or EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD). US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the countries named don't have to isolate for two weeks, unless they have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you are planning to travel to Norfolk at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
The airport is three nautical miles northeast of Downtown Norfolk and there are several ways to get into town.
James River Transportation offers shuttle services from the airport; you can find their desk in the arrivals terminal (baggage claim area) near baggage carousel 3. A ride to Downtown Norfolk from ORF costs around $30.00 USD.
Taxis are available at the airport, to hail or pre-book. You’ll find them at the arrivals terminal. The ride to downtown takes about 25 minutes, depending on traffic, and will cost you about $22.00 USD.
Getting downtown from the airport by bus involves walking and changing buses. Walk from the airport to Military Hwy. and Norview Ave., take route 15 to Chesapeake Blvd., then walk to Evelyn T Butts Ave., and take route 008, which delivers you to Norfolk’s downtown transit center. The trip will take about 1.5 hours and the fare is $4.00 USD, you must purchase a $2.00 USD ticket for each bus. It may be slightly less time-consuming (by 5 or 10 minutes) to board route 3 at the Evelyn T. Butts Ave. stop, but the fare, and the rest of the journey, is the same.
Rental car reservation desks and vehicle pickup lots are located in the arrivals terminal. If you plan to drive, look for deals on car rentals with momondo.
Downtown Norfolk is compact and easy to get around on foot or with multiple modes of transportation. If you are staying downtown, you won’t need a car, but if you bring one, there is ample, affordable parking within the city.
Hampton Roads Transit operates buses that serve Norfolk and several nearby communities, and connects with the light rail system, the Tide. Tickets cost $2.00 USD and children under 17 ride free of charge with a paying adult. You can also purchase a 1-day pass for $4.50 USD, or a 7-day pass for $22.00 USD. These fares and passes are valid for buses, the Tide, the Elizabeth River Ferries, and the VB Wave trolleys. VB Wave is a hybrid-electric trolley system that travels the Virginia Beach oceanfront, stopping at attractions, shopping and dining. There are three routes, two of them operating from May 21 – Labor Day, and one from May 1 – October 1.
HRT runs the Tide, Norfolk’s light rail system, traveling 7.4 miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center complex, through Downtown Norfolk to Newtown Road at the border of Virginia Beach. It has 11 stations and four, free park-and-ride lots.
HRT also operates three 150-passenger ferries on the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth. They travel every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes in summer peak times) between North Landing and High Street in Portsmouth, and the Waterside District in Downtown Norfolk.
F.R.E.D., which stands for ‘free ride every day’, is an eco-friendly vehicle operated with battery power and a solar roof. The zero-cost transportation service is available on demand for up to five people, and operates in Downtown Norfolk daily, Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Even with all of these public transportation options, if you need a cab, you won’t have any trouble finding one. Local taxi rates are governed by the city, so you will pay $3.00 USD for the first 1/7 mile, and $0.30 USD for each successive 1/7 mile, at above 12 mph. Below 12 mph, you will pay $0.25 USD per minute.
Norfolk is a clean city with friendly inhabitants who will smile and greet you in the street. It’s also very entertaining, with festivals ongoing throughout the year, many of them free to attend. Here are a few ideas for your Norfolk itinerary.
No trip to Norfolk is complete without a trip to nearby Virginia Beach, where you can enjoy sitting on the beach relaxing, or go zip-lining, quadding, or stroll along the 3-mile boardwalk.
If you want to sound like a local, pronounce it NOR-f’k, with an emphasis on the first syllable.