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Airport Codes:
IATA: ORF
ICAO: KORF

Distances from ORF to:
Portsmouth 7 miles
Newport News 27 miles
Richmond 70 miles
Washington DC 141 miles

Nearest Major Airports:
7 miles: Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
23 miles: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)
73 miles: Richmond International Airport (RIC)
145 miles: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Car Hire Portsmouth

Portsmouth Airport Guide

Portsmouth is a very historic city and the ‘Olde Towne’ is one of the most important collections of buildings from the colonial era on the east coast. You can take a boat trip over from Norfolk to the Olde Towne and see the old buildings from the water before walking through the historic neighbourhood which is much as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. Elsewhere, the city has over seven miles of riverfront, partly industrialised, but in places where old warehouses have closed, the buildings have been converted to entertainment complexes and waterfront apartments, shops and restaurants.


Portsmouth Airport Directions

From the airport gates take Miller Store Road under the interstate 64 before turning off route 165 onto East Princess Anne Road following it southeast into the city centre. The airport has no flights from the UK or Europe but it’s very easy to connect to Atlanta or Chicago and get a flight to Norfolk from there.


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Hotels Near Portsmouth Airport

America’s Inn and Suites offer rooms from $31 a night with access to a swimming pool in seasonal use. The Hampton Inn Chesapeake Portsmouth is of a higher quality but expect to pay around $55 a night there.


Portsmouth Time Zone

Portsmouth is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and located in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5)

Portsmouth Info

Portsmouth is one of the oldest settlements on the east coast and is an important US naval base charged with the construction and repair of its ships. Its history dates back to the early 17th century when it was identified as a prime shipbuilding site. Instead of making its money from ships, it became an important tobacco producing area using African slaves to farm the fields. When the navy formalised the base, its importance grew and today it has many old buildings which are on the National Register.

Portsmouth Trivia:
  • A US navy base is located in Portsmouth but is called Norfolk navy base to save confusion with the Portsmouth navy base in New Hampshire
  • The city has miles of riverfront with a mix of commercial and entertainment sites
  • The city was founded as a ship building base in 1620 but didn’t get its name and city status until 1752
  • The city’s ‘Olde Towne’ contains one of the largest collections of 17th and 18th century architecture on the east coast
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