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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Charlotte to Raleigh. Traveling by train from Charlotte to Raleigh usually takes around 3 hours and 13 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 3 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance130 mi (209 km)
Fastest train3h 11m
Lowest price€25.23
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Piedmont
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Charlotte to Raleigh

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

VIOLETA ADELINA

16 April 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Carolinian

Pros: Fine. Cons: The time.

Pros: Fine. Cons: The time.

4.0

JOCELYN

9 April 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Carolinian

Pros: I Loved Everything About My Trip. Cons: No Complaints. Tips: Just Sit Back Relax And Enjoy The Ride.

Pros: I Loved Everything About My Trip. Cons: No Complaints. Tips: Just Sit Back Relax And Enjoy The Ride.

4.0

CARLOS RAMON

24 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Comfortability and the experience. Cons: The charlotte station, unsafe neighborhood and pretty old. Maybe snack and beverage on board. Tips: Use it, good service and cheap.

Pros: Comfortability and the experience. Cons: The charlotte station, unsafe neighborhood and pretty old. Maybe snack and beverage on board. Tips: Use it, good service and cheap.

5.0

Latashia

14 November 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Piedmont

Pros: My minor child rode alone and had an amazing time she felt safe and excited! Cons: Maybe a minor sectio.

Pros: My minor child rode alone and had an amazing time she felt safe and excited! Cons: Maybe a minor sectio.

5.0

Sean

7 July 2020- Business

Amtrak Carolinian

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

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

Price trends for trains from Charlotte to Raleigh

Average prices by travel date

€28€19€9MayJun

Monthly average prices

€47€37€28€19€9JJASONDJFMAM

Prices as travel date approaches

€47€37€28€19€93020100

Which train should you take from Charlotte to Raleigh?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 11m€25.23
Amtrak Carolinian13h 21m€25.23
Amtrak Piedmont23h 11m€25.23
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Charlotte to Raleigh every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €25.

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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 Charlotte and Raleigh, 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 21 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 Charlotte to Raleigh 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 Charlotte to Raleigh?

The distance between Charlotte and Raleigh is approximately 130 miles, or 209 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 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 departing from Charlotte to Raleigh tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. 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 Tuesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

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.

Is there a direct train from Charlotte to Raleigh?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Charlotte to Raleigh.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Raleigh 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.

Raleigh

As an up-and-coming smart city, Raleigh has a wide range of activities that will satisfy all kinds of travelers. One of the most famous destinations in the city is the Neuse River Trail, which boasts 28 miles of a scenic path running through Wake Forest. It goes through not only forests but also wetlands, allowing walkers and cyclists to take a breather from the concrete jungle and be one with nature. Raleigh is also a famous research city, so it makes sense to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. With a permanent collection that attracts all ages, including whale skeletons and seahorse diorama, the museum is a great spot that you should not miss out on. If you wish to go shopping the old-fashioned way, the Raleigh City Market, which opened more than a century ago, allows you to meander through various small boutiques.

Raleigh’s reputation as a foodie haven is on a steady rise, and it currently houses five different establishments by chef Ashley Christensen, of which Poole’s Diner is particularly noteworthy. If you are looking for authentic North Carolina-style barbecues, Clyde Cooper’s stands among the most popular choices.

Raleigh’s main bus station is located outside of the city center at 2210 Capital Blvd. The city’s Amtrak station is one of the busiest in the country, and there are daily trains running from Raleigh to New York City, Charlotte and Miami, among other places. The principal airport in the region is the Raleigh–Durham International Airport, which is northwest of Downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Charlotte?

1914 N Tryon St - CLTAMT-0

Image credit: Adam Moss

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Departure 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.

All train stations in Charlotte:

  • 1914 N Tryon St

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