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Wilmington - Charlotte Train Timetable

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Wilmington to Charlotte. Traveling by train from Wilmington to Charlotte usually takes around 11 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Crescent train can make the trip in 10 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance426 mi (686 km)
Fastest train10h 11m
Lowest price£68.18
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Crescent
Train lines3

What is the price of a train ticket from Wilmington to Charlotte?

In the last month, £83.17 was the average price of a train ticket from Wilmington, DE to Charlotte, NC. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £23.56 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Wilmington to Charlotte by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £73 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Wilmington to Charlotte in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £94 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Charlotte from Wilmington will be about £23.56 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Wilmington to Charlotte?

There are 3 train lines with service from Wilmington, Delaware to Charlotte, North Carolina. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak214h 39m£94.84
Amtrak Carolinian111h 39m£102.72
Amtrak Crescent110h 13m£96.31
  • 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 Wilmington to Charlotte every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £68.

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  • 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 Wilmington and Charlotte, 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 11 hours and 39 minutes.

  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom. Train trips from Wilmington to Charlotte take about 10 hours and 13 minutes and the cost of a one-way train ticket on the Crescent starts from £71.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Wilmington to Charlotte 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 Wilmington to Charlotte?

The distance between Wilmington and Charlotte is approximately 426 miles, or 686 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 11 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 10 hours and 11 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 Wilmington to Charlotte 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 Wednesday 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 Wilmington at 04:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. 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 Wilmington to Charlotte?

Trains leave the station in Wilmington twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Charlotte with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Charlotte to Wilmington. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Wilmington to Charlotte for £54.70.

City Information

Charlotte

A mecca for fans of speed in general and for NASCAR in particular, Charlotte is a burgeoning urban center that still retains its southern charm. Even if you are not a hardcore fan of NASCAR, it is still worth taking the time to check it out. Housing more than just plaques dedicated to legendary drivers, the museum also features high-tech exhibits, as well as racing simulators to keep you enthralled. If cars are not your thing, the bustling Uptown area, which houses the city’s top museums such as Discovery Place or Mint Museum Uptown, will offer a day’s worth of interesting facts to enjoy. When you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of Uptown, Freedom Park, located about three miles north of the city center, provides a natural refuge where you can recover.

Charlotte’s food scene is brimming with life, as modernized Southern staples take the city by storm. Perhaps the best place to enjoy the tastiest Southern dishes in town is at Price’s Chicken Coop. If you are looking to enjoy some fine barbecues, Midwood Smokehouse or Noble Smoke might have what you need.

Charlotte’s busiest bus station is at W 4th St in the heart of the city, offering bus trips by several carriers like Greyhound and Jefferson Lines to other cities such as Richmond or New York. The city is served by three Amtrak lines: the Crescent, the Carolinian, and the Piedmont. Travelers can catch these trains at the station on Tryon St in Lockwood. The main airport of the city is the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is the sixth-busiest airport in the country. It is located 6 miles from the city center.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Wilmington?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Wilmington.

All train stations in Wilmington:

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

Where is the train station in Charlotte?

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Arrival stations

The busiest train station in North Carolina is located at 1914 N Tryon St, slightly northeast of downtown Charlotte. This station is the origin point for the Amtrak Carolinian to New York City and the Amtrak Piedmont to Raleigh. The Amtrak Crescent also stops in Charlotte on its route from New York City to New Orleans. The station has free parking and vending machines onsite, and is close to several stations for the local LYNX light rail.

Train stations in Charlotte:

  • 1914 N Tryon St

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