The Roanoke Region is all about location, location, location.

Equidistant between New York and Atlanta, the Roanoke Region is centrally located to major cities in the eastern United States.  Major companies that must get their products to market are located here because of fast and cost-efficient shipping to two-thirds of the U.S. population within a day’s truck drive.

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Major Cities and Distance from the Roanoke Region

CityDistance from Roanoke (miles)
Atlanta, GA430
Baltimore, MD281
Charlotte, NC194
Chicago, IL722
Detroit, MI588
Greensboro, NC105
Indianapolis, IN531
Knoxville, TN255
New York, NY476
Norfolk, VA245
Philadelphia, PA403
Raleigh, NC156
St. Louis, MO686
Washington, DC251

Reduce Shipping Time and Expense

Location and logistics are strong advantages of the Roanoke Region. The area is served by a Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone to save time and money for companies importing materials. UPS and FedEx both operate air freight hubs and the region is served by major freight and package express companies. Evidence of the region’s reputation as a logistics hub is the approximately 70 trucking lines serving the area with local, state, and interstate service.

Go Non-Stop

Whether traveling domestically or internationally, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport can get you there. Non-stop connection services are provided through the major airline hubs, making travel to and from the Roanoke Region convenient.

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport provides non-stop flight service to and from the following destinations:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL (O’Hare)
  • Nashville, TN
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Washington, D.C. (Dulles)
  • New York, NY (LaGuardia)

Ride the Rails

The Roanoke Region is served by Norfolk Southern and CSX for freight. The region is located on the Heartland  and Crescent Corridors of Norfolk Southern. The Heartland is a direct, high-capacity route that spans from the Port of Virginia to distribution markets in the Midwest. The Crescent spans 11 states and is one of fastest, most direct routes from the Southeast to the Northeast with convenient connections to Mexico and Los Angeles. Norfolk Southern also operates a bulk transfer terminal in Roanoke. 

Amtrak provides daily passenger service to the Northeast (Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York, and Boston and others) from the station in downtown Roanoke, and to Chicago via the station in Clifton Forge.