Getting Around


Norfolk is walkable and easy to get around with multiple modes of transportation, both on land and on water.

A variety of transportations are available:


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Public Transit

tideThe Tide
The Tide is a convenient option for destinations such as Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk campus, City Hall, Harbor Park, MacArthur Center and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. For more information, visit
Service Schedule • Every 10 minutes during peak rush hour (6:30-9 a.m. and 3:30-7 p.m.) • Every 15 minutes during off-peak hours (6-6:30 a.m., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 7-9:30 p.m.) and Sundays • Every 30 minutes during evening hours (after 9:30 p.m.) • Saturdays: Every 15 minutes mid-day and every 30 minutes morning/evening
Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)
Transportation options include buses, light rail (The Tide) and ferries. For additional transportation information, please visit

F.R.E.D.: Downtown Improvement District
Battery-operated with a solar-powered roof, F.R.E.D. (Free Ride Every Day) is not only green but convenient. Able to carry 5 passengers, he is an extension of the Escort Service available daily by our Public Service Ambassadors. F.R.E.D. is an on-demand courtesy shuttle driven by trained Ambassadors and is available at no cost by calling 757-478-7233.
F.R.E.D. operates Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Trips on F.R.E.D. must originate or end within the boundaries of the Downtown Improvement District.

Elizabeth River Ferry
HRT runs three 150-passenger Paddlewheel Ferry boats between Waterside in Downtown Norfolk and North Landing and High Street across the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth. Trips are fast, economical and offer panoramic views of the harbor. The Ferry operates every 30 minutes or every 15 minutes during peak times on summer weekends. The Ferry is wheelchair accessible and passengers can walk on with bicycles. For schedule and fare information, visit

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