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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) maintains and operates three ferries that allow bicycles and pedestrians. The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry provides an alternative James River crossing to nearby bridges where by bicycles are prohibited due to unsafe conditions. The other two ferries operated by VDOT are located at Merry Point and Sunny Bank on Virginia's Northern Neck.

While the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry can accommodate a large group of bicyclists, please be advised that the Merry Point and Sunny Bank ferries may carry a maximum of six people per crossing because of space limitations. Although we are unable to take reservations, a roundtrip on these ferries is less than 10 minutes.  

Bicyclists and pedestrians may also board Hampton Roads Transit's Elizabeth River Ferry to cross between the Cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, White’s Ferry, a privately operated service that connects Loudoun County with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail near Poolesville, Maryland, and the Hatton Ferry, a free, donation-based service in Central Virginia between Albemarle and Buckingham Counties.

Amtrak and Virginia Regional Express

Depending on your location, there are many different ways to bring your bike on an Amtrak or VRE train. For detailed information about the maximum dimensions of folding bicycles, baggage fees, and reservation requirements you may visit Amtrak’s Bring Your Bicycle Onboard website or download the Bicycling in Virginia Train Service Guide (pdf).

  • Designated spaces within the body of the train car
  • Folding bikes under the dimensions of 34" x 15" x 48"
  • Full-size bicycles may be transported in bicycle racks located in the baggage car at stations served by the Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional and Silver Service/Palmetto routes
  • Bicycles may be checked on Amtrak between all locations where checked baggage is offered

Bikes and Local Transit

Bicycle-friendly transit provides flexibility to commuters and people traveling to popular recreational trails and other regional destinations by expanding the distance one can travel using public transportation.  VDOT provides bicycle lockers for an annual fee at Park-and-Ride lots in Northern Virginia with some located near Metro stations. Other ways bicycles and public transportation are integrated include:

  • Bicycle lockers provided by Metro and Fairfax County
  • Bicycle racks mounted on local buses
  • Capitol Bikeshare station docks located adjacent to Metro stations and bus stops in Arlington County, Fairfax County, and the City of Alexandria
  • Bicycle parking and other facilities

Local Information about Bikes and Transit

The list provided below shows some of the local and regional public transit agencies in Virginia that are equipped to accommodate bicycles. Click on the following links to find information how to use mounted bike racks and for important rules and policies that limit dimensions and times when bicycles are allowed.



Page last modified: Nov. 3, 2016