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Parking and Driving in Virginia Beach

Rules of the Road

If you are driving to Virginia Beach, PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY!

If coming from the north,  you more than likely must pass through either the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) or the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT). They are very unique and interesting, but they can cause huge traffic delays.  Maintain your speed and keeps your eyes on the road. Drive on the right side of the highway. Seatbelts are required for all vehicle occupants. Right turn on red after stopping is permitted in Virginia unless otherwise indicated. Children under age 4 or under 40 pounds must be secured in a child restraint or booster seat. State Police monitor the highways entering Virginia Beach and local Virginia Beach Police monitor the local streets.  They have seen every sort of vacationer imaginable and although they can be reasonable, they mean business if you are breaking the law.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Parking Laws

My one piece of advice for people visiting Virginia Beach is… Please do not park illegally!

Read the signs wherever you park. Just because a store is closed doesn’t mean you can park in their lot. Streets are usually well marked and we do have some seasonal metered parking along the oceanfront streets. If you park someplace where you don’t have permission, it is likely that you will be towed. The local government generates a lot of its revenue from parking tickets and the towing companies around here never seem to be hurting for business. Nothing will ruin your vacation quicker than having to spend a bunch of money getting your ride out of car jail.

Parking Garages

There are almost 3500 city-owned/leased public parking spaces available for your parking convenience. This does not include private parking, available to patrons of Virginia Beach hotels and restaurants.

Here are some of the top spots to be made aware of:

Locations Mon – Thur Fri, Sat, Sun Hours of Operations Spaces Other Info
Fixed Rate Locations:
2nd Street $7 $10 8 am – 12 midnight 101
Rudee Loop $7 $10 8 am – 12 midnight 152
4th Street $7 $10 8 am – 12 midnight 65 Buses are allowed here. It’s $15/day and $25 to park overnight.
19th Street North $7 $10 8 am – 12:30 am 534
19th Street South $7 $10 8 am – 12:30 am 204
Variable Rate Garage Locations:
9th Street Garage Up to 1 hour, $2,
Up to 2 hours, $4,
Up to 3 hours, $6,
Over 3 hours, $10.
Monthly parking is $40
May-September: 24 hours a day

October – April: 8 am– 10 pm

610 This garage accepts credit cards.
25th Street Lot Up to 1 hour, $2,
Up to 2 hours, $4,
Up to 3 hours, $6,
Over 3 hours, $10
8 am to 2 am 240+
31st Street Garage Up to 1 hour, $2,
Up to 2 hours, $4,
Up to 3 hours, $6,
Over 3 hours, $10
8 am – 12:30 midnight 525

Regular overnight parking is permitted at the 9th Street and 31st Street garages only.

Sandbridge: Sandbridge lots have over 170 park slots and is open from 8AM to 5PM from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Weekday and weekend rates are $5 per day.
Croatan parking: has over 500 parking spots and is open all year. Between April and September, the hours are 6AM to 8PM. From October through March, it’s 7AM through 5:30PM.
If you get here early (before 10AM, parking is free). After 10AM, it’s $5/day.

Obey No Parking Signs!
Obey No Parking Signs!

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