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Raleigh - Durham Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Raleigh to Durham. Traveling by bus from Raleigh to Durham usually takes around 45 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 30 minutes.

Distance21 mi (33 km)
Shortest duration0h 30m
Cheapest price$23.00
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceWanda Coach
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Raleigh to Durham?

$30.00 is the average price of a bus ticket from Raleigh to Durham. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Raleigh to Durham is expected to range from $29 to $34. If you are looking to travel to Durham within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $30. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $29 and can be found on July 13, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Raleigh to Durham by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $27 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $8.44 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Raleigh to Durham?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Raleigh to Durham that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Wanda Coach usually offers more choice, with 4 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound40h 34m$31.04
Wanda Coach40h 53m$30.00
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 4 bus trips from Raleigh to Durham every day, with the average journey taking around 0 hours and 34 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Durham usually start from $23.

  • Wanda Coach

    Wanda Coach

    Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers 4 daily bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With bus ticket prices starting from $30 and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, Wanda Coach is one of the preferred bus carriers for passengers looking to travel between the Chinatown districts of Raleigh and Durham.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Raleigh to Durham during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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 bus 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 bus ride from Raleigh to Durham?

The bus takes an average of 45 minutes to cover the 21 miles from Raleigh to Durham. However, the fastest bus only takes 30 minutes. It's a short trip that goes by very quickly. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Durham at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Raleigh?

The first bus leaves at 4:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Raleigh to Durham, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Durham each day?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Raleigh to Durham every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Raleigh to Durham without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Raleigh to Durham; ticket prices start at $7.00.

City Information

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.

Durham

Durham is a little treasure cove for all fans of history and the United States’ heritage. The first and foremost thing you should try out is go on a hike on one of the city’s iconic trails. For a more traditional hiking experience, try the Eno River Trail. If you wish to enjoy a more unique experience, the American Tobacco Trail will be a better choice, as it follows the old CSX railroad. For those who want to explore the city’s rich history, check out the Stagville Plantation, which is now a museum dedicated to the city’s antebellum history, offering a unique historical perspective.

Durham’s food scene is vibrant and exciting. Fans of seafood will definitely be amazed at how fresh and delicious the seafood at Mateo Bar de Tapas is. If you wish to try out Italian eats with a twist, check out Devil’s Pizzeria & Restaurant.

The main bus station is the Transportation Center located at 515 W Pettigrew St in Downtown Durham. From there, you can take a bus to New York, Richmond, Washington D.C., and dozens of other destinations across the country. The main Amtrak train station in Durham is located around the corner from the bus stop at 601 W Main St. Durham is served by Amtrak’s Carolinian and Piedmont lines. The city’s air services are handled by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 12 miles southeast of the city.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Raleigh?

Bus Terminal - 2210 Capital Blvd - RGHGLI-0

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Main departure station: Bus Terminal - 2210 Capital Blvd

The Bus Terminal on Capital Blvd connects Raleigh to other major cities via bus routes on Greyhound and Southeastern Stages. Popular routes from this station head to Atlanta, New York City, and Washington, DC. Restrooms and a snack bar are available within the station, along with a comfortable seating area. Although the bus terminal is about 2 miles northeast of downtown, local public transit stops right outside the station provide easy access to the rest of Raleigh.

All bus stations in Raleigh:

  • Bus Terminal - 2210 Capital Blvd

  • 2708 S Saunders St

  • 1298 Buck Jones Rd (Citgo Gas Station)

Where does the bus arrive in Durham?

Main arrival station: 2724 Guess Rd

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Durham.

All bus stations in Durham:

  • 2724 Guess Rd

  • Bus Terminal - 515 W Pettigrew St

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