From the North
Follow I-95 South to Richmond, VA. Take I-64 East toward Norfolk/Virginia Beach to Chesapeake, VA. Take Exit 291-B to US-168 South (Chesapeake Expressway toll road). Follow the toll road into North Carolina, where US-168 turns into US-158 East. Follow this road to the Outer Banks.
Take 664 South from I-64 East. Take I-64 East to Hampton, VA, pick up I-664 South toward Newport News, and go through the Monitor Merrimac Tunnel. Take Exit 15B to get back on I-64 East. Take Exit 291B to US-168 South (Chesapeake Expressway toll road). Follow the toll road into North Carolina, where US-168 turns into US-158 East. Follow this road to the Outer Banks.
From the Eastern Shore
Take US-13 from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to I-64 East. Follow I-64 to Chesapeake, VA and take Exit 291-B to US-168 South (Chesapeake Expressway toll road). Follow the toll road into North Carolina, where US-168 turns into US-158 East. Follow this road to the Outer Banks.
From the West
Take I-95 South into North Carolina. Take US-64 East toward Rocky Mount. Follow US-64 East through Williamston and Plymouth, NC. From Plymouth, NC, continue east on US-64 to Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks.
From Western NC
Take I-40 East onto the Raleigh-Chapel Hill Expressway (exit 289). Take I-440 North to exit 13B towards US-64 East. Keep going east on US-64 to Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks.
From the South
Coming from South Carolina, take I-95 to Rocky Mount, NC. Take US-64 East to Manteo and the Outer Banks.
From the Bridges
From the South
Upon crossing the Virginia Dare Bridge, you will pass the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau on your right. Follow I-64 East to Nags Head. You will cross the Washington Baum Bridge. Follow US-158 North for approximately 15 miles and turn right onto NC-12 heading north to Duck and Corolla.
The Duck Office is approximately 5 miles north on the right of NC-12. The address is 1181 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949. The Corolla Office is approximately 21 miles north on the left of NC-12. The physical address is 1142 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27927. The mailing address is PO Box 369, Corolla, NC 27927.
From the North
Upon crossing the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge, you will pass the Southern Shores Marketplace/Food Lion Shopping Center on your left and a Walmart and Harris Teeter grocery store on your right. At the fifth traffic light, take a left onto NC-12 North. We strongly suggest staying on US-158 until you reach the fifth traffic light at NC-12. Detouring through neighborhood roads in Southern Shores is not advised and can add time to your trip.
After Crossing the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge - Local Traffic
If you are traveling to the Outer Banks from the North, your GPS may prompt you to turn left onto Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores instead of continuing on US-158 to the NC-12 intersection. The Dogwood Trail route is not a shortcut to Duck and Corolla, as it winds through neighborhood roads and can add time to your trip due to the stoplights favoring traffic on NC-12. Please watch the video below from Mayor Elizabeth Morey regarding local traffic in Southern Shores.
Norfolk International Airport
Virginia’s Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is the closest major airport to the Outer Banks and is an approximately 2-hour drive from the OBX. Visit their website for flight information and driving directions.
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Virginia is approximately a 2.5-hour drive from the Outer Banks. Visit their website for flight information and driving directions.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) may offer better rates on flights, however, it is approximately a 4-hour drive to get to the Outer Banks from that area of North Carolina.
Dare County Regional Airport
If you’d like to charter a plane consider the Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) in Manteo, NC. Approximately an hour from Duck, this airport offers charter service, air tours, auto rental,
Currituck Regional Airport
The Currituck Regional Airport is a publicly owned General Aviation airport that is open to the public and located in the northeastern region of North Carolina, approximately 46 miles south of the South Hampton Roads area of Virginia and 25 miles northeast of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. For details contact (252) 453-8032 or visit their website.
All the major airports provide car rentals and access to transportation service companies but, Twiddy prefers Island Limo for airport shuttle service to all points on the Outer Banks, including the 4x4 area.
Coastal Transportation - (252) 449-8686 - Offering shuttle and taxi services to local customers, travelers, and families.
Island Limousine - (252) 441-LIMO - For airport shuttle service to many areas of the Outer Banks.