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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

32386 Lankford Hwy, Cape Charles, VA 23310-1206
+1 757-331-2960
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At nearly 18 miles long, this bridge-tunnel complex is one of the engineering wonders of the world. Connecting Virginia's Eastern Shore with Virginia's mainland in Virginia Beach/Norfolk, this toll facility will save travelers 90 miles or more as they travel from points north of Wilmington, Delaware and head down the East Coast towards Virginia Beach or North Carolina's Outer Banks. Enjoy a stop at the Scenic Overlook, located on the southern tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, offering breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and the facility. AND, if you want to take home a remembrance of your travels, visit Virginia Originals Gift Shop, located inside the Welcome Center and Rest Area at the North Toll Plaza on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel is underway and the facility will remain open to traffic throughout construction. Upon completion, a new fishing pier will open on the southernmost island in 2023.
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  • Average5%
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“chesapeake bay” (60 reviews)
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32386 Lankford Hwy, Cape Charles, VA 23310-1206
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+1 757-331-2960
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"gift shop"
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"an engineering marvel"
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"chesapeake bay"
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"beautiful drive"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Every deserves to cross this bridge tunnel at least once in life. It’s approx 18 miles long, and the views of the Chesapeake Bay are stunning. If you are lucky, you’ll be treated to a close up look of a ship passing through one of...More

1  Thank tawny1956
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Bridge and Tunnel are great attraction that also serves a great service for travelers. Be sure to stop at the viewing area to take in the view from the north side of the bridge and the Bay. As you cross the bridge have your...More

Thank Trueeasterner
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to check out the restaurant before it closed. We drove the tunnel and stopped to take in some sights. Even if the restaurant is unavailable it's definitely a must do experience.

2  Thank TeffyLynn22
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This bridge is a true delight, never crowded, well kept and clean. It is a shame they closed the restaiurant and gift shop which was a real treat. Boats go over the tunnels and you feel safe and secure. Obey the speed limit as you...More

2  Thank Michele D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Crossing this bridge is an experience in itself! A combination of bridges and tunnels, at one point you come up out of a tunnel and find yourself in the middle of the bay without visible land in any direction. There is plenty to see and...More

3  Thank LastCanadian__1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes it is a bit expensive, but you have to experience it. You can see for many miles and there are ships everywhere. The winds blow strong so keep both hands on the wheel.

1  Thank ArrowVoyager
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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Great ride over bridge and through the tunnel!! It's expensive but well worth it! We went across it twice coming and leaving Virginia beach. Lots of ships waiting to go through.

1  Thank Peachie59
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

A masterpiece of engineering, it is also a sensory delight to drive across and view the wide expanse of Chesapeake Bay, then dive under two ship channels! We have been driving through here annually for over 40 years and never get tired of the CBBT.

1  Thank blueguyredcounty
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

A MUST experience! Anyone driving south take the time to skip the big cities and head down the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay, the farms are stunning and at times takes one back fifty years. The restaurants are mom and pop fabulous meals, the...More

1  Thank Daniel C
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Drove northbound first time on the bridge. Totally impressed that it was built and maintained by a private company . Speed cameras to let you know how fast you are going and well patrolled. The tunnels for the time being are two lanes so a...More

Thank doddsap
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May 12, 2018|
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Response from Michele D | Reviewed this property |
Peak season has started which raises fares by $2.00 each way. The toll schedule is geared to provide discounts to certain groups, including those traveling in both directions over a 24 hour period. It also discounts... More
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izzyyy m
April 4, 2018|
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Response from Michele D | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 30 minutes, not scary at all. If there are high winds, it can be. Sometimes they close for high winds, but it is rare.
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