Transportation in Rockingham County

Market access is a primary advantage to locating a business here.  Rockingham County and the Harrisonburg Metro Area are not only close to the nation’s capital, but offer convenient air travel to major markets, excellent motor freight and rail shipping, and easy access to the Virginia Port Authority in Hampton Roads, keeping us well connected to the U.S and International markets. Our ideal location in the Mid-Atlantic part of the United States puts 66% of the U.S. population within a one-day drive.

Highways and Interstate Access

The Harrisonburg Metro Area has convenient access to three of Virginia’s major Interstate corridors. I-81, the north/south route, offers six interchanges within the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Travel and transportation east and west are covered by I-64, just 20 miles to the south, and I-66, only 36 miles to the north and is connected to a number of major highways, including historic U.S. Route 11.


Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, served by United Express, offers daily flights to Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, D.C. Not only does the airport offer convenience and flexibility, it is less than 20 minutes from the Harrisonburg Metro Area and has no parking fees.

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA)

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport offers daily flights to Orlando, St. Petersburg, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Cargo service is offered to Memphis, Greensboro and Louisville via FedEx Express and UPS Airlines.

Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO)

Only one hour from Harrisonburg, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport offers flights to Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York and Washington on American Eagle, Delta and United Express.

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Just two hours north of the Harrisonburg Metro Area, off I-66 in Chantilly, Virginia, Dulles International Airport is a major hub for domestic and international air travel supporting more than 125 non-stop flights to U.S. destinations and nearly 50 non-stops to international destinations.  A leading carrier of cargo, Dulles International Airport handles over 280 metric tonnes of cargo annually with more than 38 carriers.

Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Located two hours southeast just outside downtown Richmond, the Richmond International Airport offers extensive domestic passenger air and cargo service. Destinations include Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago-O’Hare, Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Newark and Houston-Intercontinental. Cargo destinations include Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Memphis and Philadelphia.


The Harrisonburg Metro Area features two Class I railroads, CSX and Norfolk Southern, as well as the Virginia Railroad Association's, Shenandoah Valley Shortline, providing freight rail service to meet your most demanding needs.


Virginia Port Authority

Headquartered in Norfolk, the Virginia Port Authority, boasting the deepest harbor on the East Coast, operates three major world-class port facilities in the Hampton Roads area for break-bulk and container cargo.  With connections to +200 countries around the world, nearly 30 international shipping lines offer direct, dedicated service to and from Virginia, providing vital links to international markets.  Deep water and the absence of overhead restrictions give the Port of Virginia a significant competitive advantage.

Virginia Inland Port (VIP)

The Virginia Inland Port is located just west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, only one hour from Rockingham County.  Cargo service is provided from the other three state-owned terminals to VIP five days a week, bringing the Port of Virginia 220 miles closer to the U.S. market. The Virginia Inland Port is within one mile of I-66 and within five miles of I-81. The terminal contains 17,820 feet of on-site rail serviced by Norfolk Southern.

Motor Freight & Shipping

If your company depends on logistics and transportation, you’ll have plenty of reliable freight companies to choose from. Such well-known national firms as CF Roadway, Consolidated Freightways, Estes, Overnite Transportation, Roadway and Yellow Freight serve Rockingham County and the Harrisonburg Metro Area. Numerous regional transportation companies can also fill your needs for nearby or less-than-truckload shipping.

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