Getting Here, Getting Around in New Bern, NC

New Bern, NC isn't the largest city in North Carolina, but it's certainly too big for you to get here and get around without your planning some form of transportation. Offering plenty of hourly flights from Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, as well as a Greyhound bus stop, taxis, car rentals and trolleys, New Bern's transit is based primarily on private businesses and is absent of any form of public transportation. Luckily, there are plenty of businesses that are happy to fill that gap with courteous door-to-door service and quick pick-ups via dispatched calls.

Being a town that was once North Carolina's state capital, it should come as no surprise that there are many ways in and out of New Bern. However, as time marched on there were two primary paths that emerged as the most popular: Highways 17 and 70.

Reaching New Bern from north or south via U.S. Highway 17 brings visitors through or around coastal cities and national historic areas. Interstate 95 brings eastbound travelers to U.S. Highway 70 with exits leading into the downtown historic district and onto U.S. 17 N. and the hospital or to Glenburnie Road and Craven Community College. From Morehead City, driving west along U.S. 70 brings the visitor to newer shopping areas first. The spectacular Neuse River Bridge amazes first-time visitors from east and south. Curving to intersect with the span over the Trent River into New Bern, the main highway rises to 65 feet over the Neuse. Replacing the single drawbridge, the 10-year-old structure cut commuter time into New Bern by half when drivers no longer had to stop for river traffic right-of-way. A new drawbridge now replaces The Alfred Cunningham Bridge, once spanning  the Trent River to connect downtown with the Neuse River Bridge and U.S. 70. This quick connection right off of U.S. 70 is a major gateway to downtown, with Union Point Park on the right and the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center on the left.

Flying in and out of New Bern is also a popular option for visitors and residents alike. The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, located just across the bridge in James City, offers flights on US Airways and Delta that connect travelers to virtually any destination they wish. Because of its size, this convenient airport also offers affordable parking and shorter lines for ticketing and security.

Featured Local Businesses

Car Rental

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 637-2130

An Avis car rental desk is within the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport terminal. The company offers online or toll-free telephone reservations and all regular services available at larger airports. Someone is at the desk from 7 AM to 11:30 PM Monday through Friday; Saturday 8 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday...more about Avis Rent-a-Car

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
200 Terminal Dr.
New Bern, NC
(252) 637-3021

The Hertz auto rental desk in New Bern's Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is open Sunday to Friday 8 AM to 11 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM. Extra services available at this facility include child seats, hand controls for handicapped people, the Never Lost system and pick-up service with a...more about Hertz Rental Car

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport
200 Terminal Dr.
New Bern, NC
(252) 637-5241

The National / Alamo car rental desk in the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport terminal is open Monday to Tuesday from 8 AM to 11:30 PM, Wednesday and Saturday from 8 AM to midnight, Thursday and Friday from 8 AM to 11:45 PM, and Sunday from 9 AM to 11:45 PM. Automobiles...more about National/Alamo Car Rental

Taxicabs, Shuttle Vans and Limousines

(252) 240-3555

Atlantic Beach Taxi serves all the towns between Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle as well as Morehead City and will take passengers to the airport in New Bern and Jacksonville....more about Atlantic Beach Taxi

New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 636-9000
(252) 633-2828

New Safeway Taxi Service operates radio-controlled cabs throughout the city and surrounding counties. Rides are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on call....more about New Safeway Taxi Service

210 Gull Point
New Bern, NC
(252) 633-0027

Twilight Limousine Company, offers chauffered vehicles from a 14-passenger limousine party bus to an 8-passenger Lincoln for local and long distance trips. Limousines provide a touch of glamour for weddings and proms or any occasions for celebration. Twilight creates special birthday parties for 'little divas' from 5 to 9 years old...more about Twilight Limousine Company

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