Ready for gravity-defying roller coasters, thrilling water rides, spectacular shows and picturesque pathways through the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park? This and more awaits you and your family at Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg, situated in the heart of American history.
Less than a hour’s drive from Richmond, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and other Hampton Roads destinations, Busch Gardens offers a taste of Europe close to home. Take a day trip from Washington, D.C. or Raleigh to escape for a mini vacation. Or, with three nearby airports to choose from and plenty of hotels by the park, you can make Busch Gardens your family vacation destination as easy as a click of a button.
Experience more by planning a late spring or summer visit as Virginia’s largest water park, Water Country USA ®, is only three miles away. Spend the day soaking up some rays and enjoying resort-like amenities while the kids try our toe-curling water slides and family raft rides. Then, head back to Busch Gardens to end the night with an up-close view of the stars on one of our seven world-class coasters, or relax in the evening breeze with live entertainment.
Whether you’re surprising the family with a spontaneous trip, or planning for a future stay, it couldn’t be easier to get to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Take a plane, train or bus, as all modes of transportation will lead you to this place filled with hidden adventure. Follow the directions below to find yourself in Coastal Virginia, worlds away from the worries of everyday life. We can’t wait to host you.
Pack up the family for an affordable road trip to our classic European-themed park full of thrills, history, culture and adventure. Situated among countless natural beaches and Coastal Virginia attractions, endless opportunities and things to do nearby await you.
Norfolk, VA - 40 miles
Richmond, VA - 55 miles
Virginia Beach, VA - 55 miles
Charlottesville, VA - 125 miles
Washington, DC - 155 miles
Baltimore - 200 miles
Raleigh, NC - 200 miles
Greensboro - 250 miles
Philadelphia - 300 miles
Charlotte - 335 miles
New York - 405 miles
From Virginia Beach and Norfolk
Take a break from the sand and add to the adventure of your Virginia Beach vacation with an excursion to nearby Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. A quick drive up I-64 West from Virginia Beach, Norfolk or Newport News lands you at two of the nation’s most renowned parks. Take Exit 243A and follow signs for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Enjoy beautiful water views as you drive through Coastal Virginia.
Explore classic Europe within an hour of Richmond, Virginia. Hop on I-64 East and take Exit 243A towards Busch Gardens Williamsburg. In no time at all, you will be walking the Parisian streets of France, riding world-class roller coasters through Germany, splashing through ancient Roman ruins in Italy, relaxing in a hometown Irish pub and taking in the sights of England. There’s no place more unique for your next staycation.
From Washington, D.C.
An easy drive south will transport you from the nation’s capital. From I-95 South, take Exit 84A for I-295 South. Then take Exit 28A for I-64 East towards Norfolk/VA Beach. Take Exit 243A and follow the signs for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. With thrilling roller coasters, kid-friendly (or KIDsiderate® we like to say) rides and shows, Sesame Street® characters, delicious dining and so much more, it’s a great day trip or weekend getaway the whole family will love.
From Raleigh, NC
Just north of North Carolina, our world-class theme park adventure awaits, only a few hours distance from Raleigh. Drive up in the warm months so you can add the splash of neighboring Water Country USA to your trip and make it a weekend getaway. Take US-64 East to I-95 North to I-295 North to I-64 East. Then use Exit 243A to follow the signs for Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Flying in for your Williamsburg vacation? There are three convenient airports in Hampton Roads and Richmond, all within 45 minutes of Busch Gardens Williamsburg:
RIC (Richmond International Airport)
ORF (Norfolk International Airport)
PHF (Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport)
Rental cars, buses, shuttles, taxis and Uber can transport you from the airport to the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park and Virginia’s largest water park.
Advice from a local -- take a bus or train to enjoy the view and get here traffic-free from Raleigh or Washington, D.C. There are many options to get you to Busch Gardens Williamsburg quickly and easily. Williamsburg’s station is next to the post office in the Historic Area, only ten minutes away. Find your local schedules at Amtrak, Greyhound and Williamsburg’s local WATA service.