Tips: How to Get to the OBX Faster

During these cold winter months, it’s a perfect time to plan your next visit to the Town of Duck and the Outer Banks!  As you make your plans to travel, be sure to check out tips from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau on how to Get to the OBX Faster:

On Saturdays during the summer, getting to the Outer Banks from the north can be challenging. The reason is the majority of our visitors stay in weekly rental homes and choose to begin (and end) their vacations on Saturdays. That means a lot of visitors, and workers, coming and going on Saturdays between 9am and 6pm.

Here are some suggestions to avoid the traffic and get to the Outer Banks faster!

1. Consider starting your vacation on a day other than Saturday.

Many property management companies offer week stays that begin (and end) on Friday or Sunday. Coming and going on those days can mean at least 30% less traffic and a much faster, less stressful arrival/departure.

2. Consider an alternate route.

Particularly for visitors staying in OBX towns & villages south of Duck (i.e., Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village), an alternate route can save several hours. Even if the route means more miles, you’ll be moving at a good speed instead of stuck in traffic.



From or thru Richmond (Alt 1)

– 222 miles

– Mix of road types, some scenic and rural

– 4hrs 11mins


From or thru Richmond (Alt 2)

– 276 miles

– Interstate and mostly large road

– 4hrs 13mins


From/Thru Eastern Shore or Hampton Roads (Alt)

– 150 miles

– Mix of road types, some scenic and rural

– 2hrs 42mins

3. Consider Visiting During Non-Peak Months.

The open spaces and endless possibilities you love during the summer are pretty great year-round!  Incredible events, smaller crowds and lower prices are a few reasons to think about coming to the OBX in fall, spring or winter. Not to mention, a whole lot less traffic.