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Raleigh - Kannapolis Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Raleigh to Kannapolis. Traveling by train from Raleigh to Kannapolis usually takes around 2 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 38 minutes.

Distance113 mi (182 km)
Fastest train2h 38m
Lowest price$32.17
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Piedmont
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Raleigh to Kannapolis

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Myra

March 9, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Carolinian

Pros: I love trains! Great staff! Cons: can't think of anything. Tips: Enjoy your ride! If there are delays, they are under no ones power...things just happen.

Pros: I love trains! Great staff! Cons: can't think of anything. Tips: Enjoy your ride! If there are delays, they are under no ones power...things just happen.

5.0

Edward

February 8, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: It was peaceful, comfortable, no stress, quiet and I felt very safe. A great experience that I will take advantage of in future. Loved the Kannapolis station and their 1-man staff. He was kind and so helpful. Cons: Bring train to Asheville, NC!

Pros: It was peaceful, comfortable, no stress, quiet and I felt very safe. A great experience that I will take advantage of in future. Loved the Kannapolis station and their 1-man staff. He was kind and so helpful. Cons: Bring train to Asheville, NC!

5.0

myra

October 26, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: I love trains and I always have great trips with Amtrak! Cons: Nothing as far as I'm concerned😊. Tips: Not really...

Pros: I love trains and I always have great trips with Amtrak! Cons: Nothing as far as I'm concerned😊. Tips: Not really...

5.0

Aaron

March 6, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Piedmont

Spacious atmosphere and the train was moving in time.

Spacious atmosphere and the train was moving in time.

What is the price of a train ticket from Raleigh to Kannapolis?

In the last month, $32.17 was the average price of a train ticket from Raleigh to Kannapolis. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $4.50 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$39$26$13JunJul

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Kannapolis from Raleigh is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about C$32 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

$64$51$39$26$13JASONDJFMAMJ
Traveling from Raleigh to Kannapolis by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$32 whenever you decide to board the train to Kannapolis.

Prices as travel date approaches

$64$51$39$26$133020100

Since the average price of train trips from Raleigh to Kannapolis remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Raleigh to Kannapolis?

There are 3 train lines with service from Raleigh to Kannapolis. Amtrak Piedmont is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 2m$33.80
Amtrak Carolinian12h 52m$32.21
Amtrak Piedmont22h 38m$32.17
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Raleigh to Kannapolis every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $32.

  • Amtrak Carolinian

    Amtrak Carolinian

    The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian runs an average of 1 trips per day between Raleigh and Kannapolis, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 2 hours and 52 minutes.

  • Amtrak Piedmont

    Amtrak Piedmont

    To accommodate a growing demand for additional train services in North Carolina, the Amtrak Piedmont was established in 1995, offering connections between Charlotte and Raleigh. The route consists of nine stops, with a complete end-to-end trip taking around three hours. The Amtrak Piedmont runs three times daily in either direction. Each train offers WiFi, lavatories, business and coach class seating, and a cafe car to ensure passengers never have to go hungry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Raleigh to Kannapolis during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Raleigh to Kannapolis?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Raleigh to Kannapolis. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Raleigh to Kannapolis?

The distance between Raleigh and Kannapolis is approximately 113 miles, or 182 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 38 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Raleigh to Kannapolis on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Raleigh at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Raleigh to Kannapolis?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Raleigh to Kannapolis.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Kannapolis to Raleigh.

City Information

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Raleigh?

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Image credit: NCDOTcommunications

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Union Station  - RGHAMT3-1

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Main departure station: Union Station

The new multi-million dollar facility of Raleigh’s Union Station has quickly become one of the busiest train stations in North Carolina. Since opening in 2018, the station has expanded to serve over 150,000 passengers every year. Raleigh Union Station is an Amtrak station with routes connecting to major cities along the East Coast, including trips to New York City on the Carolinian or as far as Miami on Amtrak’s Silver Service. In addition, Amtrak’s Piedmont service from Charlotte ends its route in Raleigh. The station is a multi-level facility with tracks on the lower platform and retail shops on the main levels. It’s located in the heart of downtown, within a short walk of Nash Square, the CAM Raleigh art museum, and various restaurant options.

All train stations in Raleigh:

  • Union Station

  • Travel Plaza - 6050 Plaza Dr.

  • 5600 Fruitville Rd

  • St. Petersburg, Florida

  • 900 Kings Hwy

  • Pilot Travel Center

Where is the train station in Kannapolis?

Main arrival station: 201 S Main St

Kannapolis has one train station.

Train stations in Kannapolis:

  • 201 S Main St

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