The Outer Banks is such a unique place and how to get here is simple…there’s only 2 ways in and 2 ways out. Traffic can be heavy sometimes but don’t worry, we’ve written a blog all about how to avoid that. Read more below on how to get to the Outer Banks from where you live!
Getting to the Outer Banks 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.
From Washington/Richmond (Alternate)
Take 664 South from I-64 East.
Then, take I-64 East to Hampton, VA, pick up I-664 South 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.
Getting to the Outer Banks From the West and South to Southern Beaches
Via I-95, US 64/264 to Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Avon or Hatteras.
Go east on US 64 off I-95 to NC or US 158. This route has the least amount of traffic.
From the West and South to Northern Beaches
Via I-95, US 64/264 to Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores or Duck.
Go east on US 64 off I-95 to Williamston, NC. North on US 17 to US 158 at Elizabeth City, NC.
Then go south on US 158 to the Outer Banks.
From the Eastern Shore and North
Take US 13 South from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to I-64.
Follow the signs to Chesapeake, VA. Get off I-64 at Great Bridge, VA.
Follow VA 168 to US 158 at Barco, NC, then follow US 158 to the Outer Banks.
From Norfolk International Airport
Take I-64/Airport Exit. Turn LEFT on Norview Ave.
Merge onto I-64/Hampton Roads Belt toward Va Beach/Chesapeake.
Then, merge onto I-464 S/US-17 S/Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Hwy via exit 291B toward VA-104 S/Elizabeth City/US-17 S/Dominion Blvd/VA-168 S.
Merge onto VA-168 S via the exit on the left toward Nags Head/Manteo ($6.00 peak weekend/$7.00 with trailer & $3.00 off-season/$4.00 with trailer).
VA-168 S becomes US-158 S.