MCAS Cherry Point


Getting To & Around

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In Craven County

MCAS Cherry Point Getting To and Around in Craven County

Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, the coastal plains of Craven County are an ideal location for raising a family or a relaxing getaway. Many people traveling in the area choose to drive, enjoying the ocean views and forest backdrop of the Croatan National Forest.

For those flying, there are four airports within about two hours’ drive with numerous air carriers to choose from. One airport is right in New Bern but offers limited service, but a major airport is 150 miles away with numerous options for travelers.

The county has public transportation, and the area is also served by a Greyhound Station.

AIRPORTS

Albert J. Ellis Airport

264 Albert Ellis Airport Road
Richlands, NC 28574
910-324-1100
www.flyoaj.com

Albert J. Ellis Airport is near Jacksonville and about 55 miles from MCAS Cherry Point. The airport serves residents in the coastal region in places such as Morehead City, Surf City and throughout Onslow County and eastern North Carolina. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer daily flights to and from Charlotte and Atlanta.

Ground transportation includes taxi, hotel shuttle and rental car service. Five rental car companies offer services to travelers at the airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National-Alamo.

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport

200 Terminal Drive
New Bern, NC 28562
252-638-8591
www.newbernairport.com

Located in New Bern, less than a block from U.S. Highway 70, the airport offers as many as 10 flights daily, including regional jet service, with shorter lines and parking just a few steps away from the terminal. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer frequent flights to and from East Coast hub airports.

Ground transportation includes taxi, hotel shuttle and rental car service. Five rental car companies offer services to travelers at the airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National-Alamo.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

2400 John Brantley Blvd.
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-840-2123
www.rdu.com

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is about 150 miles from MCAS Cherry Point and is served by nine major carriers: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Travelers can choose from more than 40 nonstop destinations on one of 400 daily flights from RDU.

Ground transportation includes 11 rental car companies, Greyhound, Amtrak, a regional bus service, a number of shared transportation options, and taxi and limo services.

Wilmington International Airport

1740 Airport Blvd., Suite 12
Wilmington, NC 28405
910-341-4125
www.flyilm.com

Wilmington International Airport is about 95 miles from MCAS Cherry Point and has two major carriers, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, with nonstop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Ground transportation includes eight rental car services, and taxi and limo services.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Craven Area Rural Transit System (CARTS)

2822 Neuse Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
252-636-4917
www.cravencountync.gov/departments/trn.cfm

CARTS serves Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. The system operates a fleet of 32 vehicles, including specially modified vans to accommodate the elderly and/or handicapped and a variety of other vehicles such as standard vans, converted vans, mini-buses and sedans. The service operates from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on fares and the system’s service area, visit the website.

New Bern Greyhound Station

4010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562
252-633-3100
Toll Free 800-231-2222
www.greyhound.com

Greyhound provides bus service between several points in North Carolina and across the United States. Call for hours of operation and ticketing schedules, or book online.

Driving and Commuting

MCAS Cherry Point Getting To and Around Driving and Commuting

Craven County is served by two U.S. highways and several state routes.

Within the county, two major U.S. highways intersect in the city of New Bern. U.S. Highway 70 heads east from New Bern, past MCAS Cherry Point, to the Port of Morehead City on the Atlantic Coast, west to Interstate 95, and then on to Raleigh, North Carolina. From New Bern, U.S. Highway 17 runs north to Winchester, Virginia, and south through Wilmington, North Carolina, ending in Punta Gorda, Florida.

In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Craven County join it to neighboring South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation offers commuter strategies at www.ncdot.gov/fortifync/driver-resources.

NCDOT provides free real-time traffic information, work zone maps and commuter options. There are also resources and information encouraging the use of commuting alternatives such as transit, vanpooling/carpooling, walking, biking, telecommuting and alternate work schedules.

North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

299 Wilmington Highway
Jacksonville, NC 28540
910-347-3613
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
www.ncdot.gov/dmv

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/forms.

Driver’s Licenses

Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in North Carolina from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all North Carolina residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.

The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its North Carolina Driver’s Handbook, which can be downloaded at www.ncdot.gov/download/dmv/handbooks_ncdl_english.pdf.

Distracted Driving

The state of North Carolina does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. There are a couple of exceptions to this law, including novice drivers under age 18 or school bus drivers.

Texting while driving is prohibited in North Carolina.

Vehicle Registration

Applications associated with vehicle registration are available online at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/vehicle/registration, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.

North Carolina Department of Transportation

www.ncdot.gov

Visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, ferry reservations and to view live traffic cameras.

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