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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Richmond to North Charleston. Traveling by train from Richmond to North Charleston usually takes around 8 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Palmetto train can make the trip in 6 hours and 53 minutes.

Distance354 mi (570 km)
Fastest train6h 53m
Lowest price$85.60
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Richmond, VA to North Charleston, SC

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

James

November 13, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Palmetto

Pros: Seats were spacious and crew was helpful. Cons: Train was 16 minutes late departing and was held for 30 minutes between Kingstee and N Charleston due to CSX track maintenance which affected all traffic.

Pros: Seats were spacious and crew was helpful. Cons: Train was 16 minutes late departing and was held for 30 minutes between Kingstee and N Charleston due to CSX track maintenance which affected all traffic.

What is the price of a train ticket from Richmond to North Charleston?

In the last month, C$94.51 was the average price of a train ticket from Richmond, VA to North Charleston, SC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$46.42 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$132$88$44JulAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Richmond to North Charleston will vary between C$91 and C$127. Planning a train trip to North Charleston within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Richmond over the next 7 days is C$92. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$126$101$76$50$25SONDJFMAMJJA

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Richmond to North Charleston by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$89 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Richmond to North Charleston in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$108 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$157$126$94$63$313020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to North Charleston from Richmond will be about C$46.42 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Richmond to North Charleston?

There are 3 train lines with service from Richmond, Virginia to North Charleston, South Carolina. Amtrak is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak211h 13m$112.03
Amtrak Palmetto16h 54m$90.17
Amtrak Silver Service16h 59m$108.82
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Richmond to North Charleston every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $98.

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  • Amtrak Palmetto

    Amtrak Palmetto

    The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way. Traveling from Richmond to North Charleston is comfortable and relaxing on the Palmetto, thanks to the train’s free WiFi, power outlets, and seating with extra legroom. You can pick from 1 daily departures along this route, with train ticket pricing at an average of on the Palmetto.

  • Amtrak Silver Service

    Amtrak Silver Service

    The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Richmond to North Charleston start from $86 and the average train journey lasts about 6 hours and 59 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Richmond to North Charleston 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.

How long is the train journey from Richmond to North Charleston?

The distance between Richmond and North Charleston is approximately 354 miles, or 570 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 53 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Richmond to North Charleston are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Richmond at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 Richmond to North Charleston?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to North Charleston. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from North Charleston to Richmond.

City Information

Richmond

As one of the most historically significant cities in the U.S., Richmond is a top-tier destination for not just fans of history but also culturally-inclined travelers. The premier tourist attraction of the city is the Virginia State Capitol, which features a unique architecture partially designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. For those who want to enjoy a cultural experience, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is worth checking out, as it houses five exquisitely beautiful Fabergé eggs, along with works by Degas, Cézanne, and Renoir. If you wish to retreat from the concrete jungle, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a great alternative.

Richmond’s diverse community has had a huge influence on its food scene. Croaker's Spot is a famous restaurant that serves some of the best seafood around. Richmond is also the home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, and there are as many as 30 brands in the city. Some of the local favorites include Hardywood, The Veil Brewing Co., and The Answer Brewpub.

Richmond is a major hub for bus travel, and visitors can catch buses that go to cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Raleigh on a daily basis. The city boasts two Amtrak train stations that provide regular service to Washington, D.C., New York City and beyond. The principal one is the Main Street Station, which is located right in the heart of downtown Richmond. The main airport is the Richmond International Airport, 7 miles southeast of the city.

North Charleston

North Charleston is a promising travel destination with quirky landmarks and fun activities for all travelers. To explore the city’s rich history, the H.L. Hunley Museum offers everything you need. Featuring the first successful combat submarine in the world as well as other Civil War-era relics, the museum will keep you enthralled for a whole morning. Other notable museums include the Greater Charleston Naval Memorial as well as the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. For fans of cultural activities, don’t pass up the chance to enjoy an event at the North Charleston Coliseum, which is one of the largest venues in South Carolina. If you enjoy staying away from a crowd and exploring nature, a walk around Riverfront Park will be what you need.

Though North Charleston might not feature a lively food scene like Charleston does, the city’s staples will still satisfy hungry travelers. Nigel’s Good Food is a local favorite and a good place to start your food tour. Chill-N-Grill is a great spot to grab some fresh seafood.

The city’s transportation center is located on Gaynor Ave. Travelers can catch Southeastern Stages buses here. Travelers can also catch Amtrak trains passing through the city at this station. North Charleston is served by Amtrak’s Palmetto and Silver Meteor lines. The main airport is the Charleston International Airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Richmond?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Richmond where you can board the train to North Charleston.

Train stations in Richmond:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

Where is the train station in North Charleston?

Arrival stations

North Charleston has one train station.

Need a return trip from North Charleston to Richmond?

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