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About Amtrak Carolinian

The Carolinian is an Amtrak passenger train that connects New York City to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The southern leg of the Carolinian's route, from Charlotte to Raleigh is also run by a sister regional train, the Amtrak Piedmont. Both train lines are part of the Amtrak system, which is the largest passenger railroad service in the United States.

Since its first operation in 1990, the Carolinian has offered efficient travel up and down the Eastern Seaboard, currently serving 24 cities via 512 routes. The Carolinian's longest trips, from New York to Charlotte and Charlotte to New York, each depart in the morning and last just over 13 hours, to arrive at the end of the line in the evening of the same day.

Like most Amtrak trains, the Carolinian ensures your comfort on this day-long trip with extra legroom and power outlets at each seat, free WiFi, and snacks available for purchase.

You can search, compare, and book Amtrak Carolinian tickets directly on Wanderu, thanks to Wanderu's official partnership with Amtrak. You'll pay no additional fees, and will feel confident booking the most convenient ticket for your travels at the best price.

Contact Amtrak Carolinian

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

Online support: Amtrak Carolinian website

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Amtrak Carolinian Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power pointPower point


Amtrak Carolinian train coverage

Daily Trips264

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Carolinian

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Carolinian had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 351 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 375 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 423 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 459 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 419 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 469 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 466 reviews

Amtrak Carolinian reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Carolinian

(Based on 533 reviews)

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Amtrak Carolinian passenger reviews



22 February 2024- Solo travel

Raleigh to Richmond

Pros: It was a very nice trip outside of one of the Amtrak employees being rude for no good reason. Cons: Let a few of the Amtrak employees go.



21 January 2024- Visiting family

Raleigh to Richmond

Pros: Nice comfortable ride. Cons: The temperature of the car was cold. Tips: It’s one of best public transportation rides.



19 November 2023- Visiting friends

Raleigh to Washington

Pros: Window seat pleasant! Cons: Ridiculously late and walk for Seniors was long and difficult. Tips: Take little with you.



4 November 2023- Business

Washington to Raleigh

Pros: site seeing. Cons: Announcements sometimes need to be loud. Tips: Keeping time.



25 October 2023- Visiting friends

Washington to Richmond

Very relaxing

Amtrak Carolinian Routes & Network

Amtrak Carolinian’s train network features 512 train routes that connect 24 cities serving 24 stations. On average, Amtrak Carolinian performs about 264 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Carolinian offers the highest number of daily train service include Richmond and Washington.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Carolinian

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Washington1210:45 am8:03 pm
New York1210:45 am11:35 pm
Charlotte1111:17 am12:23 am
Raleigh1110:45 am9:38 pm
Greensboro1110:45 am11:41 pm
Richmond1110:45 am5:11 pm
Alexandria910:45 am7:29 pm
Philadelphia1210:45 am10:39 pm
Durham1010:45 am9:43 pm

Most popular Amtrak Carolinian routes

The train from Richmond to Washington is Amtrak Carolinian’s most popular route. Trips from Philadelphia to Washington and Richmond to Alexandria are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Carolinian routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Richmond to Washington12h 20m£9
Philadelphia to Washington11h 49m£90
Richmond to Alexandria11h 49m£9
Richmond to New York16h 24m£26
Greensboro to Charlotte11h 40m£12
Baltimore to Washington10h 37m£29
Alexandria to New York14h 32m£23
Washington to Raleigh16h 14m£25
New York to Washington13h 21m£25

Amtrak Carolinian Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Carolinian tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Carolinian ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

Amtrak Carolinian Train Guide & FAQs

Yes, Amtrak Carolinian offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Carolinian will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Carolinian WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge-watch your favorite show.

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Carolinian trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Carolinian might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

On a typical day, Amtrak Carolinian has 264 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

No, Amtrak Carolinian does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Yes, Amtrak Carolinian requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Carolinian trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Amtrak Carolinian provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Amtrak Carolinian does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Amtrak Carolinian goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Carolinian offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Amtrak Carolinian tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 264 Amtrak Carolinian trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Carolinian tickets start at just £3.95. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Amtrak Carolinian tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Amtrak Carolinian tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Amtrak Carolinian prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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