What is the Best Outer Banks Airport?

Boarding Pass at the Outer Banks Airport

Planning a vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina is very exciting and there are numerous ways to get here! If you’re traveling from several states away or from across the country, you’ll probably want to fly. Take a look at the following list and see which one of these is the best Outer Banks airport for you!

The Best Outer Banks Airport

While the Outer Banks does not feature an international airport, there are many great ways to reach this beautiful area.

Air Charters

Air Charters is one of the most popular ways to arrive at the beautiful Outer Banks. Whether you want to use a locally owned company like Outer Banks Air Charters, Coastal Helicopters, LLC for a great cost effective option, or an on-demand charter service like Barrier Island Aviation, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful travelling experience.

Norfolk International Airport

Located less than two hours north of the Outer Banks, flying into Norfolk International Airport is a great option when traveling to the Outer Banks. With popular airlines such as American Airlines and United, flying into this airport is extremely convenient. Once you land, head to pick up your rental car and start toward the Outer Banks. The commute is mainly along the coast leaving you with a scenic drive to enjoy before you reach your final destination.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

For a potentially more reasonable travel option, fly into the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Located west of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, this airport is another great option, especially for the budget-minded travellers. Drive down U.S. Route 64 to reach the Outer Banks and really explore the beauty of North Carolina. This beautiful scenic highway drive will be well worth the commute as you snake through the breathtaking North Carolina mountains.

Aviation History

As the home of  the first flights of Wilbur and Orville Wright who spent three years in the area and finally launched their first power flight in 1903, the Outer Banks are rich with aviation history.

Wright Brothers Memorial

Take a step into United States history by touring the landscape that held the first flight. The visitor’s center and museum feature reproductions of the 1902 glider and the famous 1903 flyer as well as markers showing how far they made it during their first flight. Don’t forget to check out the reproduction of the wind tunnel that the Wright brothers used to conduct many tests before accomplishing flight.

Plan Your Trip

Once you decide how you’re going to make it to the Outer Banks, book one of Shoreline OBX’s amazing vacation rentals. The Outer Banks (also known as OBX) are made up of 100 miles of narrow barrier islands along the northeast coast of North Carolina. Each town has its own unique feel with miles of beautiful sandy beaches.  The area is rich in history, has plentiful shopping and dining, and activities for the whole family. Our rental homes are located between the towns of Corolla and South Nags Head. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or to just relax on the beach, we look forward to booking your stay in one of our rental homes. For all our recommendations on the best things to do in the Outer Banks, be sure to download our free OBX Vacation Guide!