There are 5 ways to get from Fairfax to Smith Mountain Lake by train, bus, taxi, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak to Roanoke Amtrak Northeast Regional

$159 - $301

Cheapest option

Bus, line 402 bus, taxi  •  8 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Fairfax Blvd & Chain Bridge Rd to Dunn Loring Station & Bus Bay E 1C
  2. Take the line 402 bus from Dunn Loring Metro to Franconia-Springfield Metro Bay E 402
  3. Take the bus from Springfield to Charlottesville, Va
  4. Take the bus from Charlottesville, Va to Lynchburg, Va
  5. Take the bus from Lynchburg to Bedford Welcome Center
  6. Take a taxi from Bedford Welcome Center to Smith Mountain Lake

$111 - $174

3 alternative options

Bus, train, taxi  •  7 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from University Dr & Sager Ave to King Street Sta + Bus Bay B 29K
  2. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak to Lynchburg Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Lynchburg to Bedford Welcome Center
  4. Take a taxi from Bedford Welcome Center to Smith Mountain Lake

$113 - $188

Drive  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Fairfax to Smith Mountain Lake 218.7 miles

$21 - $35

Fly, taxi  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Roanoke (ROA) IAD - ROA
  2. Take a taxi from Roanoke to Smith Mountain Lake

$254 - $720

Questions & Answers

The distance between Fairfax and Smith Mountain Lake is 177 miles. The road distance is 218.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Fairfax to Smith Mountain Lake without a car is to train which takes 7 h 17 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 17 min to get from Fairfax to Smith Mountain Lake, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Washington Dulles Airport to Roanoke Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 8 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Fairfax to Smith Mountain Lake is 219 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 19 min to drive from Fairfax to Smith Mountain Lake.

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United Airlines offers flights from Washington Dulles Airport to Roanoke Airport.

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There are 22+ hotels available in Smith Mountain Lake. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Fairfax to Smith Mountain Lake.
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  • Distance: 176.6 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 17 min

What companies run services between Fairfax, VA, USA and Smith Mountain Lake, VA, USA?

Amtrak Northeast Regional operates a train from Fairfax to Smith Mountain Lake once daily. Tickets cost $80 - $200 and the journey takes 4 h 44 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Roanoke
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Northeast Regional
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Alexandria Amtrak to Roanoke Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $130
Business Seat
$120 - $200
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Alexandria Amtrak to Lynchburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Business Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Room
$180 - $260
Bus operators
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Bus from University Dr & Sager Ave to King Street Sta + Bus Bay B
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
wmata.com
Bus from Fairfax Blvd & Chain Bridge Rd to Dunn Loring Station & Bus Bay E
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
wmata.com
Valley Metro Roanoke
Phone
+1 540-982-0305
Website
valleymetro.com
Bus from Lynchburg to Bedford Welcome Center
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
valleymetro.com
Fairfax Connector
Phone
703-339-7200
Email
fairfaxconnector@fairfaxcounty.gov
Website
fairfaxconnector.com
Bus from Dunn Loring Metro to Franconia-Springfield Metro Bay E
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
fairfaxcounty.gov
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Springfield to Charlottesville, Va
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Charlottesville, Va to Lynchburg, Va
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$23 - $29
Other operators
Taxi from Bedford Welcome Center to Smith Mountain Lake
Ave. Duration
38 min
Estimated price
$75 - $90

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