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Charlotte - Cary Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

5 trains operate daily from Charlotte to Cary. The train trip from Charlotte to Cary is usually about 2 hours and 55 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Piedmont train can get you there in as little as 2 hours and 43 minutes.

Distance122 mi (197 km)
Fastest train2h 43m
Lowest price£14.88
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Charlotte to Cary

(Based on 28 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Sally

20 February 2024- Visiting friends

Amtrak Piedmont

Pros: Wonderful! Cons: Wonderful in every way,. Tips: Try it out!

5.0

Helbis

25 November 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Very comfortable and clean. Cons: N/A. Tips: I recommend the train!

5.0

Nancy

25 May 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Piedmont

Convenience and quietness Prompt departure

5.0

Julia

12 April 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Piedmont

Pros: Super easy and simple. Cons: Bus was an hour late. Tips: Snacks and sodas were available to purchase for about $1. Free water and decent coffee available.

5.0

Kathleen

20 February 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: train coming and going to charlotte on time, Wanderu easy to book the ticket on.. lots of leg room on the return. Tips: be.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Charlotte to Cary is £20.58, This is one of the best deals we’ve seen for train fares recently. By booking your trip at least 24 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay £0.82 more.

Average prices by travel date

£23£16£8JunJun

The average daily price of train tickets from Charlotte to Cary is expected to stay consistent at around £20 in the upcoming month.

Monthly average prices

£59£47£35£23£12JASONDJFMAMJ
You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Charlotte to Cary, with the average price at just £30. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in June, when the average price goes up to £43. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

£39£31£23£16£83020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Charlotte to Cary, book online with Wanderu at least 24 days in advance. That way, you’ll save £0.82 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Charlotte to Cary?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22h 56m£20.98
Amtrak Carolinian13h 0m£20.98
Amtrak Piedmont22h 52m£20.98
  • 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 Charlotte to Cary every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £15.

  • 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 Charlotte and Cary, 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 0 minutes.

  • 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

The distance between Charlotte and Cary is approximately 122 miles, or 197 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 43 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.

Trains departing from Charlotte to Cary tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Charlotte at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Charlotte to Cary.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Cary to Charlotte.

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Charlotte?

1914 N Tryon St - CLTAMT-0

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Main departure 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.

All train stations in Charlotte:

  • 1914 N Tryon St

Where is the train station in Cary?

Main arrival station: 211 N Academy St

Cary has one train station.

Train stations in Cary:

  • 211 N Academy St

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