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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 513 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.

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Amtrak Carolinian train coverage

Daily Trips344
stations24
cities24
countries1

Amtrak Carolinian train amenities

Amtrak Carolinian
Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power outletPower outlet
SnacksSnacks
WiFiWiFi

Amtrak Carolinian reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Carolinian

(Based on 94 reviews)

4.4
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.3

Timeliness

4.4

Staff

4.4

Value

3.9

Condition

4.5

Amtrak Carolinian passenger reviews

5.0

Atiya

25 May 2021 - Visiting family

Pros: Amtrak is great. No complaints. Cons: There isn’t much to improve except better onboard food options. Also improve the WiFi. It was spotty at times.

Pros: Amtrak is great. No complaints. Cons: There isn’t much to improve except better onboard food options. Also improve the WiFi. It was spotty at times.

4.0

The

12 August 2020 - Business

Pros: Barely any people were traveling. Cons: The cleanliness of the seats and bathroom. Tips: Bring some type of cover it gets really chilly.

Pros: Barely any people were traveling. Cons: The cleanliness of the seats and bathroom. Tips: Bring some type of cover it gets really chilly.

5.0

Jacqueline

19 July 2020 - Business

Pros: Again, safe travel! COVID-19/CDC rules enforced. Cons: More quiet cars on early departures!

Pros: Again, safe travel! COVID-19/CDC rules enforced. Cons: More quiet cars on early departures!

5.0

Sean

7 July 2020 - Business

Pros: Great deal for the money. Cons: Nothing. Tips: N/A.

Pros: Great deal for the money. Cons: Nothing. Tips: N/A.

5.0

Phillip

27 March 2020 - Visiting friends

Pros: The trip was way ahead of schedule. Other than that: it was great. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: The trip was way ahead of schedule. Other than that: it was great. Cons: Nothing.

Amtrak Carolinian Train Guide & FAQs

Do Amtrak Carolinian trains have WiFi?

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.

Are there power points or USB points on the train?

Yes, there are power points 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 neighbour might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power points, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a power point USB converter 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.

What is Amtrak Carolinian's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Carolinian has 344 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.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

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.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

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.

Are there toilets on Amtrak Carolinian trains?

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.

Are meals or drinks offered during the trip?

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.

Do you have to print your Amtrak Carolinian ticket?

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.

Does Amtrak Carolinian offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

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 344 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 DKK 21.37. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

Baltimore to New York
Travel DateThu 17 Jun
PriceDKK 158.74
Baltimore to Newark
Travel DateThu 17 Jun
PriceDKK 158.74
Washington to Trenton
Travel DateThu 17 Jun
PriceDKK 152.63
Baltimore to Washington
Travel DateMon 14 Jun
PriceDKK 36.63
Durham to Cary
Travel DateTue 15 Jun
PriceDKK 33.58