There is no public transportation available in the Outer Banks. Most J1 students share the cost of taxis, share rides with co-workers, or use bikes to get around. This is especially important to keep in mind when considering housing options: 5 miles may not seem far, but it is if you have to walk or bike.
Hitchhiking is dangerous and illegal in the state of North Carolina. You should not accept rides from someone you do not know unless they are a licensed transportation provider (such as a taxi driver).
There is no scheduled air service directly to the Outer Banks. Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is the closest airport to the Outer Banks, and is located 60 miles from Kitty Hawk, NC. Your employer or sponsor may arrange to have you picked up at the Norfolk airport, and if this is the case you should make sure that they have your correct flight information at least ONE WEEK BEFORE your arrival.
Additional nearby airports are Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) which is 2.5 hours away, Richmond, Virginia, which is 2.5-3 hours; and Raleigh-Durham (RDU), 3.5 hours. Washington Dulles Airport (IDA) is 4.5 hours from the Outer Banks. Greenville, NC (PGV) is 2 hours to the West.
The nearest bus station is in Elizabeth City, approximately 50 miles from Kitty Hawk. Greyhound provides service to Elizabeth City from major cities and airports:
Shuttle and Taxi Services
If you are arranging your own transportation from the airport or bus station, try to coordinate with other students arriving on the same day to split costs. A 10% to 15% tip is customary.
Taxis from Norfolk Airport:
There is an extensive list of taxi companies on the Norfolk International Airport website:
James River Transportation
1 (866) 823-4626 toll free or 1 (757) 963-0433 local
Airport Transfer service between Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Kill Devils Hills, Manteo, Duck, Corolla, and Southern Shores is available through James River Transportation. Their offices and check-in counter are located at the Norfolk Airport with their check- in counter located in baggage claims across from baggage carousel # 3. Reservations can be made on-line through their reservations portal by clicking here. It is strongly suggested you reserve your transportation ahead of time and try to plan your trip with a few other J-1 participants to help reduce the coast. Safety, Security, Reliability is what JRT is all about. For more than 10 years, JRT has been the only authorized on-site shuttle service provider to operate inside the airport with an office, staff and assigned parking spaces. Prices vary per destination and based on per vehicle, not per person
Need A Ride:
Any time to Norfolk/Elizabeth City
Contact Name: Derry