What You Should Know About the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Traffic Conditions: 757-331-2960
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connects Virginia's Eastern Shore with the Virginia mainland at Virginia Beach near Norfolk. It is a modern engineering wonder, a tourist attraction and a travel convenience. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a four-lane 20-mile-long vehicular toll crossing that provides direct access from Southeastern Virginia to the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware plus the Maryland and Virginia Eastern Shore). It is really a unique experience to travel across the Bridge-Tunnel. There is a full-service restaurant, the Chesapeake Grill, with restrooms and a gift shop on the bridge. You can purchase a variety of items that are produced in Virginia including food, wine, clothing and more. There is also a scenic overlook and fishing pier which are great places to stop and take in the magnificent views of the Chesapeake Bay.
Please note that The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a separate entity that crosses the bay in Maryland from Sandy Point (near Annapolis) to Kent Island.
Bay Bridge-Tunnel Toll Information
Toll rates are highest during the peak season, Fridays through Sundays, from May through September. The current rate (effective January 1, 2014) for a two-axle vehicle is $15 one-way during peak and $13 at off-peak times. Return trips within 24 hours are discounted, $3 (peak) and $5 (off-peak).
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is a member of the E-ZPass electronic-toll-collection system. Motorists who use E-ZPass save time and reduce vehicle emissions. For additional information about the E-ZPass Virginia program, visit www.ezpassva.com.
See a map and driving directions and learn more about the bridge amenities on the next page.
Map and Driving Directions to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel offers beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay as you travel between Virginia Beach/Norfolk and the Virginia Eastern Shore.
From the North: Take US Route 113 to US Route 13 South and “Follow the Gulls” to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
From the South: Take I- 64 North to US Route 13 North to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
What to See and Do Along the Bridge-Tunnel
- Chesapeake Grill & Virginia Originals - The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The gift shop offers Virginia products including gourmet foods and wine, clothing, customized gift baskets and more.
- Navy History Exhibits - The Hampton Roads Naval Museum has created six exhibit panels that introduce visitors to the U.S. Naval history of Hampton Roads, Virginia.
- Scenic Overlook - In addition to spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay, the overlook includes a parking area and restroom facilities. The Sea Gull Fishing Pier is currently closed to the public due to construction.