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Transportation Access & Mileage

West Virginia is accessible by six major interstates – I-64, I-77, I-79, I-68, I-70 and I-81. The interstate speed limit is 70 miles per hour unless otherwise posted. Welcome centers are staffed from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., year-round, and public facilities are open 24 hours a day. Rest areas are not staffed; however, they are open round the clock.

All front seat passengers must be secured by a seat belt. All children under the age of three years must be secured in an approved child safety restraint seat. Children ages three to nine years must be secured by a seat belt in the front or back seats. If you are stopped for drinking and driving, you will lose your license if you do not submit to a breath, blood or urine test and/or your blood alcohol content is 0.08% or more by weight. Headlights must be on when windshield wipers are in use. Approved safety helmets and eye protection are required for motorcycles. Headlights must be on when motorcycle is in operation. West Virginia operators of motorcycles must have a motorcycle license or an endorsed operators license that permits the use of a motorcycle.

The state’s only toll road, the West Virginia Turnpike (I-77), is a four-lane interstate, 88 miles in length, between Princeton and Charleston. Two service areas are accessible northbound and one north and southbound, without exiting the turnpike. The toll for a motorcoach is $6.75 at each of the three toll plazas ($20.25 one way); exiting I-77 north to US Route 19 requires a $1.60 toll.

West Virginia has nine airports offering commercial airline service at Beckley, Bluefield/Princeton, Charleston, Clarksburg/Fairmont, Keyser, Huntington, Lewisburg, Morgantown and Parkersburg.

Amtrak provides rail service to the Eastern Panhandle, Metro Valley and New River/Greenbrier Valley regions of the state. The MARC rail commuter system has service on its Brunswick Line from Washington, DC to Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg. The Amtrak Cardinal stops in White Sulphur Springs, Hinton, Prince, Thurmond, Montgomery, Charleston and Huntington.