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Raleigh - Charleston Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from Raleigh to Charleston. Traveling by bus from Raleigh to Charleston usually takes around 8 hours, but some buses might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance220 mi (355 km)
Shortest duration8h 0m
Cheapest price$39.75
Most frequent serviceSoutheastern Stages
Bus lines1

What bus companies travel from Raleigh to Charleston?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Raleigh to Charleston. Southeastern Stages is the only company that has bus schedules available to search and book at the moment. It only makes the trip once a day on most days.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Southeastern Stages17h 50m$41.75
  • Founded in 1933, Southeastern Stages has a long legacy of providing safe, reliable bus transportation across the Southeastern U.S. This premier bus service provides routes across Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Southeastern Stages also has one of the largest fleets of ADA compliant coaches and was one of the first to adopt safety features such as advanced collision avoidance technology. Onboard these modern coaches, passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi, reclining seats, overhead reading lights, and restrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 8 hours to cover the 220 miles from Raleigh to Charleston. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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.

The busiest and least busy days to travel on this route tend to change frequently from week to week. Weather, holidays, local events, and other factors can affect how crowded the bus is on any given day.

There is usually only one bus per day from Raleigh to Charleston. It leaves the station in Raleigh at 6:00am each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

There is usually only one bus per day from Raleigh to Charleston. However, it is not a direct bus, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to change buses during the trip.

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.

Charleston

An idyllic city with quaint moss-covered and time-washed buildings, Charleston offers plenty of scenic sights and culturally significant destinations to explore. The highlights of this amazing city are its cobblestone streets and hauntingly beautiful mansions (some are even rumored to be actually haunted). The best way to enjoy these timeless relics is to take a walking tour around town, with or without a local guide. As you enjoy your walking tour, don’t miss out on the chance to explore The Battery, which features some of the most photogenic spots in the entire city. This quarter used to be the center of all maritime activities in the city, but it is now a famous tourist area. The nearby White Point Garden, which houses interesting Civil War-era relics, is also a great destination.

Charleston is a top foodie destination, being quite famous for its Southern staples. The best places to indulge in these Southern delicacies are Husk and Magnolias. If you crave some seafood, Hyman’s Seafood is a local favorite. Plus, Charleston's nightlife makes it a great destination for bachelorette parties.

The main bus station in the city is located on Rivers Ave. The city’s main airport is the Charleston International Airport, 12 miles northwest of downtown.

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

Where does the bus arrive in Charleston?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 3610 Dorchester Rd

All buses from Raleigh arrive at one main station in Charleston.

All bus stations in Charleston:

  • Bus Station - 3610 Dorchester Rd

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