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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Cary to Charlotte. Traveling by train from Cary to Charlotte usually takes around 5 hours and 56 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 58 minutes.

Distance122 mi (197 km)
Fastest train2h 58m
Lowest price£23.15
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Cary to Charlotte

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Agostina

11 September 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak

Easiness

Easiness

5.0

Julia

5 August 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: The train is clean, spacious, safe, with plenty of amenities. Every seat has outlets, the bathroom is clean and stocked with soap, paper products, and disinfectant wipes, there is even a vending machine and free coffee. It is the same amount of time as driving bu...

Pros: The train is clean, spacious, safe, with plenty of amenities. Every seat has outlets, the bathroom is clean and stocked with soap, paper products, and disinfectant wipes, there is even a vending machine and free coffee. It is the same amount of time as driving but way more relaxing and cheaper than gas. Cons: I wish it were clearer that the boarding happens 15 minutes before departure and the doors close five minutes before departure. Tips: Get there at least 15 minutes early otherwise you will miss boarding!

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5.0

Joanie

6 June 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Piedmont

Easy and uncomplicated travel

Easy and uncomplicated travel

5.0

Amanda

5 June 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Traveling by train to Cary versus driving in a car was supreme. The train was clean, the staff friendly, and you can't beat the cost. At one point we passed a stretch of highway and it looked like a parking lot. I loved being able to read and work a little instea...

Pros: Traveling by train to Cary versus driving in a car was supreme. The train was clean, the staff friendly, and you can't beat the cost. At one point we passed a stretch of highway and it looked like a parking lot. I loved being able to read and work a little instead of stressing out over traffic. Cons: Nothing- it was seamless, easy, cost effective, and clean. Tips: Consider this form of transportation more often!

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5.0

Praanjal

4 April 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Piedmont

Pros: Charging points and WiFi and lots of leg space. Cons: Electronic display boards showing station that we are at. Tips: Book in advance, reach station before time.

Pros: Charging points and WiFi and lots of leg space. Cons: Electronic display boards showing station that we are at. Tips: Book in advance, reach station before time.

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

In the last month, £23.15 was the average price of a train ticket from Cary to Charlotte. 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 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £7.62 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 Cary to Charlotte by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £27 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Cary to Charlotte in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £64 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 18 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Charlotte from Cary will be about £7.62 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Cary to Charlotte?

There are 3 train lines with service from Cary to Charlotte. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak39h 22m£26.02
Amtrak Carolinian13h 14m£23.29
Amtrak Piedmont22h 59m£23.15
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Cary to Charlotte every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £23.

  • 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 Cary 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 3 hours and 14 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 Cary 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Cary to Charlotte?

The distance between Cary and Charlotte is approximately 122 miles, or 197 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 56 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 58 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?

Trains from Cary 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 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 Cary at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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 Cary to Charlotte?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Charlotte. 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 Charlotte to Cary.

City Information

Cary

Cary, NC, US - CYN-0

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Cary is a town in North Carolina's Research Triangle and a fast-growing suburb of Raleigh. Known for its robust dining scene and the sports teams it hosts, Cary is a top destination in the Raleigh-Durham area. North Carolina FC and North Carolina Courage share the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, and the city also hosts the USA Baseball National Training Complex, where you can attend many amateur and pre-professional baseball events throughout the year.

Outdoor enthusiasts can check out hiking and running trails on the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve and American Tobacco Trail, a 22-mile rail-trail from Durham to Wake County.

The city of Cary also features a bustling craft beer scene, best experienced at one of its taverns, pubs, ale houses, or breweries. Fortnight Brewing Company and Bond Brothers Beer Company are two of many to check out. Downtown Cary is a charming neighborhood teeming with cafes, art centers, neighborhood bars, boutique hotels, and outdoor green spaces. Of course, the highlight of any visit to Cary is its dining scene: lick the barbecue sauce from your fingers at Brew N Que or savor a pastry at La Farm Bakery.

Three Amtrak trains, the Carolinian, Piedmont, and Silver Service, stop in Cary on their north-south routes. Train service makes it easy to reach Charlotte, New York, and Miami from Cary. Access intercity bus service in nearby Raleigh, where Greyhound, Tornado Bus, Wanda Coach, and more provide service to destinations throughout the South and the country at large.

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 Cary?

Main departure station: 211 N Academy St

There is one train station in Cary.

All train stations in Cary:

  • 211 N Academy St

Where is the train station in Charlotte?

1914 N Tryon St - CLTAMT-0

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Main arrival station: 1914 N Tryon St

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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