Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

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Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Nov. 01, 2019
Cover [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE INC/VA  
Entity Central Index Key 0000878927  
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2019  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Trading Symbol ODFL  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Small Business false  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock ($0.10 par value)  
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   79,823,521
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity File Number 0-19582  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code VA  
Entity Tax Identification Number 56-0751714  
Entity Address, Address Line One 500 Old Dominion Way  
Entity Address, City or Town Thomasville  
Entity Address, State or Province NC  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 27360  
City Area Code 336  
Local Phone Number 889-5000  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Transition Report false