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bus lines6
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About Raleigh

As an up-and-coming smart city, Raleigh has a wide range of activities that will satisfy all kinds of travelers. One of the most famous destinations in the city is the Neuse River Trail, which boasts 28 miles of a scenic path running through Wake Forest. It goes through not only forests but also wetlands, allowing walkers and cyclists to take a breather from the concrete jungle and be one with nature. Raleigh is also a famous research city, so it makes sense to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. With a permanent collection that attracts all ages, including whale skeletons and seahorse diorama, the museum is a great spot that you should not miss out on. If you wish to go shopping the old-fashioned way, the Raleigh City Market, which opened more than a century ago, allows you to meander through various small boutiques.

Raleigh’s reputation as a foodie haven is on a steady rise, and it currently houses five different establishments by chef Ashley Christensen, of which Poole’s Diner is particularly noteworthy. If you are looking for authentic North Carolina-style barbecues, Clyde Cooper’s stands among the most popular choices.

Raleigh’s main bus station is located outside of the city center at 2210 Capital Blvd. The city’s Amtrak station is one of the busiest in the country, and there are daily trains running from Raleigh to New York City, Charlotte and Miami, among other places. The principal airport in the region is the Raleigh–Durham International Airport, which is northwest of Downtown.

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Bus Terminal - 2210 Capital Blvd - RGHGLI-0

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The Bus Terminal on Capital Blvd connects Raleigh to other major cities via bus routes on Greyhound and Southeastern Stages. Popular routes from this station head to Atlanta, New York City, and Washington, DC. Restrooms and a snack bar are available within the station, along with a comfortable seating area. Although the bus terminal is about 2 miles northeast of downtown, local public transit stops right outside the station provide easy access to the rest of Raleigh.

Popular bus stations in Raleigh:

  • Bus Terminal - 2210 Capital Blvd

  • 3700 New Bern Ave

  • 3200 S Wilmington St

  • Raleigh

  • Tornado Bus Station

What bus companies travel to Raleigh, North Carolina?

Located in North Carolina, Raleigh is accessible by bus from 27 other cities. You can choose from 207 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Raleigh on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Raleigh are also available..

Bus companies serving Raleigh

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US24715h 24m$179.17
Tornado Bus861d 0h 28m$319.48
Greyhound4512h 25m$120.77
Southeastern Stages1811h 1m$135.22
Wanda Coach125h 53m$101.80
CoachRun94h 21m$56.79
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With affordable prices and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, Wanda Coach is one of the preferred bus carriers for passengers looking for travel between cities' Chinatown districts.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Raleigh?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Raleigh by bus with Southeastern Stages giving them a 3.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Southeastern Stages had the most comfortable bus service to Raleigh taking into account the seats and amenities that Southeastern Stages offers. They rate Southeastern Stages a 3.5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Raleigh punctually, travelers suggest that Southeastern Stages has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Raleigh, rating them a 4.5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$14.35 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Raleigh, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Raleigh. In the last month, buses from Durham to Raleigh had the lowest average price at $28.73.

The busiest bus station in Raleigh is Bus Terminal - 2210 Capital Blvd. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Raleigh are:

  • Bus Terminal - 2210 Capital Blvd
  • 3700 New Bern Ave
  • 3200 S Wilmington St
The closest airport to Raleigh is Raleigh Durham Intl Airport (RDU), it is located 10.8 miles from the city center of Raleigh.
Among bus travelers Raleigh is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 90 in United States. Raleigh has the second most number of destinations in North Carolina that are connected to Raleigh by bus service. Each day 136 direct bus schedules arrive in the Raleigh.
The population of Raleigh is 451066. Raleigh ranks number 2 in terms of population in North Carolina and number 80 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to Raleigh range from $14 for a short trip to Raleigh, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Raleigh starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Raleigh can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $37.
People who take the bus to Raleigh are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Raleigh easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest bus station to the city center of Raleigh is Raleigh, located just 2.2 miles away. Select Raleigh as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Raleigh. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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