Please help me get from Dulles Airport to Virginia Beach, VA.

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    – Karlson
    May 10 '16 at 16:17

Far and away: rent a car. The rental market in the DC area is very competitive. Last time I was there, in March, I paid $12 a day for a Hyundai. Gas in Virginia is as low as $1.30 a gallon.

Don't let them sell you add-ons, that's where they getcha!

  • If the OP is under 25, however, the rental agency is very likely to apply a surcharge. Moreover, if the OP does not already have car insurance, I would strongly recommend at least the liability supplement.
    – choster
    May 10 '16 at 19:09
  • Do not get the liability waiver. Your credit-card will probably cover you. Check ahead, and if it doesn't, get another credit-card. A single's day waiver can cost more than the entire yearly fee of a credit-card. Similarly, a brand-new GPS (that you get to keep) is less than five days' rental of one. Repeat after me: Do not get add-ons from the rental agencies. May 11 '16 at 0:30
  • Are you confusing the liability supplement for the CDW/LDW? Most Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards issued in the U.S. exclude liability, personal injury, and personal property from rental car coverage. It is true that for collision and theft coverage, you must decline other coverage. See e.g. BankRate, Of course, we don't know if the OP has insurance already, which would make the point moot, also see NYT.
    – choster
    May 11 '16 at 14:16
  • Sorry, yes. The waiver protects you from anything the rental-car company might charge you -- as would the insurance on your credit-card and your car-insurance. Liability insurance -- it isn't a waiver, regardless of what they call it to dodge insurance regulation -- is a different thing, but I wouldn't worry about: you can only be liable through negligent action on your own part. A car thief or a drunk driver can make you liable for damage to your car. May 11 '16 at 15:43

You might want to check out Rome2Rio, which is often useful for this type of query. The cheapest itinerary they show is:

  • DC Metro (buses & trains) from Dulles to Union Station
  • MegaBus from Union Station to Hampton, changing buses in Richmond, and
  • Hampton Roads Transit from Hampton to Virginia Beach, transferring in Norfolk.

The MegaBus will cost about $30 for both buses (fares vary depending on the time of day, but this was the cheapest I saw); the DC Metro will cost $7–$9 depending on the itinerary and the time of day; and the Hampton Transit will cost you $3.50 ($1.75 per ride). So the total cost is about $40–$45 one way.

Note that there appears to only be one bus a day from Richmond to Hampton, leaving at 12:55 PM; give MegaBus's schedule, you'll have to be at DC Union Station by 10 AM to catch it.

  • Good point; that'll probably drive the total price to $40-$45. I'll correct the post. May 10 '16 at 20:09
  • Heads up: The train drops you off in a not-fun part of town. If you can drive, it'd be quicker and let you get a better lunch/dinner. May 11 '16 at 0:59

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