Various public and private transportation services are available throughout the area. AMTRAK has stations in Newport News and Williamsburg, Greyhound has commercial bus service to Newport News and Williamsburg, and rental cars and taxi service are sometimes available from all of these locations. For air service there are three airports within one hours drive of Colonial National Historical Park: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (20 minutes from Yorktown), Norfolk International Airport (one hour east of the park) and Richmond International Airport (one hour west of the park).
From March 11 through November 3, 2013, the Historic Triangle Shuttle will provide shuttle service from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to and from the Jamestown and Yorktown areas. This shuttle service travels the scenic Colonial Parkway. There is no charge for the service. Service to both Jamestown and Yorktown depart the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center every hour and half-hour between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily.
Service to Jamestown departs from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center daily on the half-hour between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and upon arriving at Jamestown, makes stops at both Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Return service to Colonial Williamsburg departs every half-hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and makes a final departure at 5:15 p.m from March 11 through November 3 in 2013.
Service to Yorktown departs from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center daily on the half-hour between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and makes stops at both the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and the Yorktown Victory Center. Visitors can board for return service to Colonial Williamsburg from either the Yorktown Battlefield or the Yorktown Victory Center, with pickups every half-hour between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and a final pickup at 5:15 p.m.
Visitors should note that the Historic Triangle Shuttle provides audio interpretation while being transported to Yorktown; it does not provide additional interpretive tours or transportation to individual attractions around the Yorktown Battlefield.
Jamestown Area Shuttle
Once arriving at Jamestown on the Historic Triangle Shuttle, visitors have the opportunity to visit all that Jamestown has to offer by making use of the Jamestown Area Shuttle. Completing a loop approximately every 10-15 minutes, the Jamestown Area Shuttle makes stops at Historic Jamestowne (including the Visitor Center and Glasshouse), the Jamestown Settlement and the Jamestown Information Station along the Colonial Parkway (seasonal operation).
The Jamestown Area Shuttle service is free of charge. For more information click here.
Upon arrival in Yorktown, visitors can ride to the many historic sites throughout the village by means of the Yorktown Trolley. Provided as a free service by York County, the trolley provides transportation throughout the village of Yorktown from the Yorktown Battlefield to the Yorktown Victory Center, as well as several stops in between, including Riverwalk Landing (NOTE: The trolley does not travel to or make any stops along the Yorktown Battlefield tour roads).
The Yorktown Trolley is free of charge and operate from March 23 through November 3, 2013.
The Yorktown Trolley will operate as follows:
March 23 through May 24 (daily) - 11 am to 5 pm
May 25 through Sept 2 (daily) 10 am to 5:30 pm
Sept 3 through Nov 3 (daily) 11 am to 5 pm
These busses are handicap accessible.
Did You Know?
During the Civil War, 632 Union dead were buried in the heart of the 1781 battlefield. In 1866 this cemetery became a national cemetery. Within a 50 mile radius, the remains of over 1500 Union soldiers were disinterred from their war burials and honorably placed in the Yorktown National Cemetery.