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Airport Guide to Richmond International (RIC)

Airport Name

Richmond International Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located 7 miles southeast of Richmond.






804 226 3000

Airport Overview

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is located five miles (8km) east of Richmond. The primary airport for central Virginia, Richmond handles about 200 daily flights and nearly 4 million passengers each year.

Flights to Richmond International Airport are available from most cities in the eastern half of the US, but direct connections can be made from Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Orlando, Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Charlotte, Washington DC, New York and Boston. The only direct international route is to Toronto, operated by Air Canada.

The stylish airport is beloved for its small size and stylish look, making it easy to navigate and pleasant to fly through. The atrium has an airy feeling thanks to the glass roof and large windows, avoiding the claustrophobic stuffiness of many other small airports.


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Terminal Transfer

There is only one terminal, so you can easily make connections on foot.

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Getting into Town

Train: There is no train service to Richmond Airport.

Bus: The Greater Richmond Transport Company provides public bus service to Richmond Airport. Route 7 stops at the airport once or twice per hour between 5:45am and 7:37pm. Basic one-way fares are $1.50.

Taxi:  Taxis are available curbside, near the North and South parking garages.

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Car Parking

There is short and long-term parking available at the airport. Hourly parking (across from the terminal) is charged at $2 per hour or $24 per day, with the first hour free. Surface and garage parking (across from the terminal) is charged at $3 per hour or $12 per day. There is economy parking available further away, connected by a free shuttle, that costs $1 per hour or $7 per day. Payments can be made by cash or credit card.


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Information Desks

The Visitor Information Center on the lower level provides passengers with airport information, as well as tourism info for the greater Richmond area.


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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: There are ATMs and a bank in the terminal. The bank provides currency exchange services for the following currencies: Mexican peso, Canadian dollar, the euro, and British pounds.

Luggage: There is a lost and found located in the Airport Dispatch office on the lower level. Lost luggage queries are handled by individual airlines.

Conference and business: The business center on the upper level is open from 5am to 10pm and provides services like meeting spaces, work stations, Wi-Fi and LAN connections, and conference rooms for four to six people.

Other facilities: Other amenities include an interfaith chapel, USO center, and handicapped facilities.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi access is available in the terminal building.

Shopping: Shopping in Richmond International is managed by the Hudson News Group, so you won’t find locally handcrafted items. But there are books, magazines, souvenirs, and toys aplenty. The biggest bookstores are located in the atrium (pre-security).

Food and drink: Dining options at the airport are mostly limited to American chain restaurants, including Applebee’s, Sam Adams, Cheeburger Cheeburger, and Vito’s Market.

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Car Rentals

Rental cars are available from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Their counters are located near the central entrance of the terminal building.