Directions to the Capitol and Parking Options

Because of the Capitol visitor entrance is not currently accessible from Bank Street, we suggest several parking options when traveling by vehicle when visiting. An interactive map is below along with instructions for groups traveling by bus via highways/interstate.

Public Parking: A limited number of metered public parking spaces (2 hours) are on Bank Street, between Governor and 14th Streets, on the south side of Main Street, between 9th and 12th Streets and on 12th Street between Main and Bank Streets.

Pay parking lots and decks are nearby on 8th and Grace Streets and 7th and Marshall Streets.

Downloadable maps of nearby parking lots and decks are available.

Note: Due to ongoing construction projects in Downtown Richmond, some parking lots listed on the links above may not exist any longer. If you have any questions about parking lots in the Capitol vicinity, please call the Capitol Tour Desk at (804) 698-1788.

Directions for tours by bus

Important changes to Bank St. traffic patterns will include:

  • A new “pedestrian plaza” extending from the Commonwealth (formerly Commonwealth Park Suites Hotel) to north 10th Street along Bank Street, between the Pocahontas Building and the Capitol extension public entrance. The plaza will serve as a safe space for members of the public, administration, legislators, state employees, teen pages and the media to move between the two buildings.
  • For school groups and other tour groups to unload visitors from buses. See a map of Capitol Square Auxiliary Bus Parking facility. The auxiliary parking is located at 2400 W. Leigh St. Richmond, VA 23220.
  • Bank Street will become one-way, from west to east, between 10th and 12th streets. Two-way traffic along Bank St. will resume east of 12th Street.
  • Traffic calming measures to prevent speeding will be placed on the north and south sides of Bank Street.
  • There will be no access to Bank St. from Franklin Street.
  • Right turns from 9th Street onto Bank Street will be prohibited for all but hotel traffic, buses for Capitol tours by appointment, and deliveries to the Pocahontas Building.
  • Capitol Police will control access to the pedestrian plaza through automatic gates.

These measures will remain in place while the General Assembly occupies the Pocahontas Building.

Buses that drop off school and other groups at the Capitol extension on Bank Street to visit the Capitol can unload inside the pedestrian plaza, then park at the Department of General Services Office of Fleet Management Services at 2400 W. Leigh St. Richmond, VA 23220.

Unless directed otherwise, buses will return to pick up their passengers along the traffic circle around the equestrian Washington monument located inside the Capitol Square gate at 9th and grace streets, one block uphill from (north of) the pedestrian plaza. Group leaders will need to have direct phone or text communication with their drivers, since buses will not be able to park on or next to Capitol Square.

Traveling I-95 North

By Bus: If traveling north on I-95 take exit 74C (Broad Street). At the fork in the exit ramp bear right (follow “Broad St. East” sign) and enter onto 17th Street heading south. At light turn right onto Broad Street and drive uphill (west) to the light at 14th Street. Turn left at 14th Street and go downhill (south) to the light at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head west to the light at 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th Street and head uphill one block to the first light, at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Traveling I-95 South

By Bus: If traveling south on I-95 take exit 74B (Franklin Street). Be careful to slow down when taking this exit because it is a short downhill ramp ending at a traffic light. At the light turn right onto Franklin Street and proceed straight ahead to the light at the intersection with 14th Street. Turn left onto 14th Street and go downhill (south) to the light at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head west to the light at 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th Street and head uphill one block to the first light, at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Traveling I-64 West

By Bus: If traveling west on I-64 get into the left lane while crossing a bridge into downtown Richmond and take the left ramp, exit 190, onto I-95 south. After a short distance take exit 74B (Franklin Street). Be careful to slow down when taking this exit because it is a short downhill ramp ending at a traffic light. At the light turn right onto Franklin Street and proceed straight ahead to the light at the intersection with 14th Street. Turn left onto 14th Street and go downhill (south) to the light at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head west to the light at 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th Street and head uphill one block to the first light, at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Traveling I-64 East

By Bus: If traveling east on I-64 into downtown Richmond proceed straight ahead on 95 south (AVOID the right exit for I-64 East to Williamsburg) and take exit 74B (Franklin Street). Be careful to slow down when taking this exit because it is a short downhill ramp ending at a traffic light. At the light turn right onto Franklin Street and proceed straight ahead to the light at the intersection with 14th Street. Turn left onto 14th Street and go downhill (south) to the light at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head west to the light at 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th Street and head uphill one block to the first light, at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.

Traveling I-195 East (Downtown Expressway)

By Bus: take the 7th/9th street (Rt. 60) exit and stay in the right lane of the exit ramp. Turn left onto 9th Street and proceed north through the intersection with Main Street and uphill one block to the light at the intersection with Bank Street. Turn right onto Bank Street and stop at the entrance gate to the pedestrian plaza, staffed by the Division of Capitol Police.