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Transportation, Hotel and Area

The December 2017 meeting will be held at the Newport News Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Virginia. Newport News City Center is a mixed-use development with restaurants, shops and entertainment establishments all within walking distance of the hotel, and just a short 15 minute ride from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The hotel is also just 15 minutes from NASA Langley Research Center where classified sessions will be held.

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Transportation (Getting to Newport News, Ground Transportation, DoD Travel Restrictions)

Hotel Info and Reservation Links

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DoD employees must follow specific travel guidelines/restrictions as posted on the meeting website, with respect to which of the area airports should be used, as well as restrictions regarding use of personal vehicles, taxis, or rental cars.

Three airports serve the area, listed in order by distance from the hotel:

  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (15 minute drive)
  • Norfolk International Airport (30-60 minutes drive, depending on traffic)
  • Richmond International Airport (one hour drive)

The Newport News Marriott at City Center does not offer airport shuttle service.

Ground transportation costs range from approximately $17 for a taxi from the Newport News/Williamsburg airport to over $100 for a taxi or shuttle from the Richmond airport. More information can be found on the airports’ websites. If attending classified sessions at NASA Langley Research Center, attendees will need to drive; carpooling with other attendees is strongly encouraged due to limited parking.

Amtrak has a station in Newport News, just five miles / 15 minutes from the Newport News Marriott at City Center. A taxi between the train station and the hotel will cost approximately $16.


UPDATED 7 November 2017,5:30 p.m. EDT:
The JANNAF discounted room blocks at the Newport News Marriott at City Center are currently sold out and the hotel has indicated they are full at this time.Discounted overflow rooms are now available for JANNAF attendees at two nearby hotels:

  • The Courtyward Newport News AIRPORT, located just 3.5 miles from the Newport News Marriott at City Center. The address for this hotel is 530 St Johns Road, Newport News, VA 23602.

  • The Courtyard Newport News YORKTOWN, located just three miles from the Newport News Marriott at City Center. The address for the Courtyard is 105 Cybernetics Way, Yorktown, VA 23693

At both the Courtyard Newport News AIRPORT and the Courtyard Newport News YORKTOWN, the JANNAF discounted rate is $93 per night plus applicable tax. Both hotels offers complimentary airport shuttle service (between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.) to/from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, and complimentary wi-fi service for guests. Additionally, for JANNAF attendees, both of the Courtyard hotels will also provide complimentary shuttle transportation between their hotel and the Newport News Marriott at City Center on a limited pre-set schedule.

Each individual is responsible for his/her own reservation. These discounted rooms will be held for JANNAF attendees until the cut-off date of Monday, 27 November 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, or until they sell out, whichever comes first.

Reservations may be made either online (recommended) or by phone. When making your reservation online, please be sure to reserve your room via the JANNAF reservation link for the specific Courtyard location (AIRPORT or YORKTOWN) provided to the left under "Reservations" or below, to ensure that you receive the JANNAF discounted rate at the Courtyard Newport News AIRPORT or Courtyard Newport News YORKTOWN, and so that your reservation is counted toward the JANNAF room block commitment. If someone else will be making your reservation on your behalf, please share the link with them. If you are a Marriott Rewards member, you can still earn rewards for your stay when reserving your room in the JANNAF block!

For additional reservation assistance at the Courtyard Newport News AIRPORT, please call 866-230-5689. If making your reservation by phone, be sure to indicate you wish to stay at the Courtyard Newport News AIRPORT and mention the JANNAF block to obtain the discounted rate.

For additional reservation assistance at the Courtyard Newport News Yorktown, please call (757) 874-9000. Be sure to request the JANNAF Overflow Block if making your reservation by phone.

More About Newport News

Newport News is located in the Tidewater region of Virginia. In addition to being near NASA Langley Research Center, other nearby points of interest include the waterfront city of Norfolk, historic Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach. The area is rich with historical points of interest such as Jamestown and Yorktown (in addition to Williamsburg), a variety of museums including the Virginia Air and Space Center and the U.S. Army Transportation Museum, and so much more.

In addition to the City Center restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, Styron Square in Port Warwick is just a six minute drive from the hotel and offers more options for those with a car. There are even more choices, ranging from fast food to fine dining, within a 10 minute drive of the hotel.

Learn about things to see and do in Newport News by clicking on the link on the left side of this page. Also on the left side of this page, you'll find a link to a map of Newport News City Center showing the location of the hotel, along with all of the restaurants, shops, and entertainment options.