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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 489 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.

Contact Amtrak Carolinian

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 872-7245

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Amtrak Carolinian train coverage

Daily Trips312
stations24
cities24
countries1

Amtrak Carolinian train amenities

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

What travelers are saying about Amtrak Carolinian

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Amtrak Carolinian had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 73 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 105 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 129 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 131 reviews
“The train got there on time.”
based on 122 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 130 reviews
“The train was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 135 reviews

Amtrak Carolinian Routes & Network

Amtrak Carolinian’s train network features 489 train routes that connect 24 cities serving 24 stations. On average, Amtrak Carolinian performs about 312 train trips every day. The top cities to which Amtrak Carolinian offers the highest number of daily train service include Washington and Raleigh.

Top Cities Served by Amtrak Carolinian

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Washington4411:45 am8:08 pm
New York3411:45 am12:35 am
Charlotte2012:17 pm12:23 am
Raleigh2011:45 am8:38 pm
Greensboro1711:45 am11:46 pm
Alexandria2011:45 am7:34 pm
Richmond2211:45 am5:16 pm
Philadelphia3211:45 am11:39 pm
Durham1611:45 am10:43 pm

Top States Served by Amtrak Carolinian

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
Delaware1264Wilmington
North Carolina121529Charlotte
Virginia5795Richmond
New Jersey2604Newark
Maryland1596Baltimore
Pennsylvania1873Philadelphia
District of Columbia11277Washington
New York11776New York

Amtrak Carolinian reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Carolinian

(Based on 152 reviews)

4.4
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.3

Timeliness

4.4

Staff

4.5

Value

3.9

Condition

4.4

Amtrak Carolinian passenger reviews

4.0

S

October 20, 2021- Visiting friends

Raleigh to Washington

Pros: Train windows needed washing outside and the train car floor needed vacuuming inside. Other than that, some delays, but nice staff who went out of their way to help me out when I changed my plans and a smooth trip. Cons: see above. Tips: Plan a train trip in a f...

Pros: Train windows needed washing outside and the train car floor needed vacuuming inside. Other than that, some delays, but nice staff who went out of their way to help me out when I changed my plans and a smooth trip. Cons: see above. Tips: Plan a train trip in a flexible schedule. Little delays happen a lot.

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3.0

deja

October 5, 2021- Couples trip

Richmond to Philadelphia

Pros: the seats weren’t very comfortable and the train wasn’t the cleanest but i got to my destination on time. Cons: more comfortable seats and cleaner train.

Pros: the seats weren’t very comfortable and the train wasn’t the cleanest but i got to my destination on time. Cons: more comfortable seats and cleaner train.

4.0

John

September 24, 2021- Visiting family

Richmond to Philadelphia

Pros: The restrooms were really bad and needed to be cleaned. I went to 3 restrooms and was unable to use it because it smells so bad. Cons: Restrooms.

Pros: The restrooms were really bad and needed to be cleaned. I went to 3 restrooms and was unable to use it because it smells so bad. Cons: Restrooms.

5.0

Patrick

September 20, 2021- Visiting friends

New York to Raleigh

Pros: Comfort. Cons: Good Job during these times. Tips: Keep your mask on and safe travels.

Pros: Comfort. Cons: Good Job during these times. Tips: Keep your mask on and safe travels.

5.0

Marie

September 9, 2021- Visiting family

Washington to Raleigh

Pros: It was great and different, but had another opportunity to ride the train. It was my second time traveling via train. Cons: A movie for passengers that ride coach.

Pros: It was great and different, but had another opportunity to ride the train. It was my second time traveling via train. Cons: A movie for passengers that ride coach.

Most popular Amtrak Carolinian routes

The train from Washington to Raleigh is Amtrak Carolinian’s most popular route. Trips from Philadelphia to Washington and Greensboro to Charlotte are also highly popular.

Top Amtrak Carolinian routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Washington to Raleigh16h 14m$48
Philadelphia to Washington11h 51m$18
Greensboro to Charlotte11h 40m$16
Alexandria to New York14h 30m$44
Baltimore to Washington10h 40m$6
New York to Washington13h 22m$29
New York to Richmond16h 4m$41
Richmond to Washington12h 20m$22
Richmond to Alexandria11h 49m$19

Amtrak Carolinian Cancellation Policy

All Amtrak Carolinian tickets can be cancelled for a full refund within the first 24 hours after purchase. If more than 24 hours have passed, the cancellation policy and change fee structure for Amtrak bookings depend on the type of fare you purchased:

Saver Fare tickets: A 25% fee applies for any changes. If you cancel the trip, you will receive an eVoucher worth 75% of the original ticket price.

Value Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable up to 15 or more days before departure. If cancelled less than 14 days before departure, a 25% cancellation fee applies.

Flexible, Business and Premium Fare tickets: No change fees and fully refundable if cancelled or changed before departure.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable after the train has departed, so be sure to make your updates as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

If your Amtrak Carolinian ticket is eligible for change or cancellation, you can do that by calling Amtrak’s customer service phone number at 1 (800) 872-7245. To cancel or change your booking online, simply go to www.amtrak.com and click on the “Modify Trip” tab in the upper right corner.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and coverage for lost or damaged baggage, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You can file a claim to have any Amtrak change or cancellation fees reimbursed if you cannot travel due to covered reasons such as illness, extreme weather, or required work shifts.

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 outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets 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 neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter 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 312 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.

What are Amtrak Carolinian’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Amtrak Carolinian’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms 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 beverages available?

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.

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