Conveniently located with direct access to interstate highways, 3 international airports and the Port of Virginia, James City County offers options for all your business’ transportation requirements. We are positioned at the head of the Virginia Peninsula where America’s business began. The County's location also offers ease of access also to locations in the north such as Richmond and Washington DC through Amtrak, the area’s rail service.
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Interstates & Highways
- I-64: This major east-west interstate highway links Hampton Roads and its marine terminals to the western terminus of Missouri. I-64 bisects James City County providing multiple access points
- Interstates 85, 95 and 295: All less than an hour from James City County, these interstates provide access to more than 40% of the nation’s manufacturing centers. I-95, the major north-south interstate highway linking Maine to Florida; I-85 provides access to Atlanta through the Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle; I-295 is a bypass route around Richmond
- U.S. Routes 60 and 199: Enjoy easy access into and around James City County and the Hampton Roads region
Richmond International Airport
- Distance: 45 miles
- Number of runways: 3
- Runway lengths: 9,003 feet, 6,607 feet, and 5,316 feet
- U.S. carriers: American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, U.S. Airways
- About 200 daily flights provide non-stop and connecting services to major domestic destinations and across the globe
Norfolk International Airport
- Distance: 45 miles
- Number of runways: 2
- Runway lengths: 9,000 feet and 4,876 feet
- Carriers: American, Delta, Southwest, United, U.S. Airways
- Flights to hundreds of cities daily via American, Delta, Southwest, United and U.S. Airways. International flights facility in the main passenger terminal houses U.S. Customs & Border Protection Services.
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
- Distance: 18-20 miles
- Number of runways: 2
- Runway lengths: 8,000 feet and 6,525 feet
- Carriers: Delta, U.S. Airways
- Daily non-stop service to several major cities
Williamsburg Jamestown Airport
- Distance: 5-10 miles
- Number of runways: 1
- Runway length: 3,204 feet
- Full instrument landing capabilities: VOR from Harkham; GPS overlay
- Hours of operation: 7 a.m.–7 p.m. daily
Virginia Port Authority Terminals
In James City County, your business will have easy access to three major marine terminals operated by the Virginia Port Authority—Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, and Portsmouth Marine Terminal. More than 95% of the world’s shipping lines call on The Port of Virginia, linking James City County to more than 45 countries.
The three marine terminals that compose the Port of Virginia handle more than 1.5 million containers each year. Your business can access 50-foot-deep channels in an ice-free harbor with some of the world’s largest and fastest container cranes. The channels will be 56-feet-deep by 2024 with dredging ongoing. The port also contains a Foreign Trade Zone within its boundaries. Hampton Roads is also home to APM/Maersk, the nation’s first privately developed container terminal.
Newport News Marine Terminal
Located in Newport News, the 140-acre Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT) is the Port of Virginia’s main break-bulk terminal. Despite its size, the facility boasts 42,720 feet of direct rail access/rail track provided by CSX. With 3,480 feet of total pier space serviced by four cranes, direct cargo loading on and off ships to and from the CSX break-bulk rail service, covered storage, container storage and accessibility from three major Virginia roadways, NNMT provides a prime venue for shipments through the Port of Virginia.
Norfolk International Terminals
Located in the heart of the Hampton Roads area on 648 acres, Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) is the Port of Virginia’s largest terminal. NIT is home to 14 of the biggest, most efficient cranes in the world. With a reach stretching 245 feet, the cranes can offload ships loaded 27 containers wide with cargo. The main channel leading to the terminal is 50 feet deep.
NIT has 5 berths, 14 container cranes, three finger piers, a RO/RO berth, covered and container storage, and now 89,300 feet of direct rail access, which will soon connect directly to the Commonwealth Railway. NIT has the capacity to efficiently handle all types of cargo.
Portsmouth Marine Terminal
Slightly down the river from NIT, on 219 acres, sits Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT). With 3,540 feet of wharf, three berths, and six cranes, PMT is able to handle container, break-bulk and RO/RO cargo. PMT also has direct access to both CSX and NS railways, and will soon connect to the Commonwealth Railway. Chief among PMT’s features is its highly automated 30+ lane transfer zones and automated live e-gates.
James River Barge Service, three times weekly container-on-Barge service from Hampton Roads Harbor to the Port of Richmond, provides a maritime alternative to I-95 by transporting goods on the James River via barges, removing container traffic off local roads and highways. The barges can carry between 80 and 100 containers, depending on their lengths.