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About 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

Union Station  - RGHAMT3-0

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Union Station  - RGHAMT3-1

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The new multi-million dollar facility of Raleigh’s Union Station has quickly become one of the busiest train stations in North Carolina. Since opening in 2018, the station has expanded to serve over 150,000 passengers every year. Raleigh Union Station is an Amtrak station with routes connecting to major cities along the East Coast, including trips to New York City on the Carolinian or as far as Miami on Amtrak’s Silver Service. In addition, Amtrak’s Piedmont service from Charlotte ends its route in Raleigh. The station is a multi-level facility with tracks on the lower platform and retail shops on the main levels. It’s located in the heart of downtown, within a short walk of Nash Square, the CAM Raleigh art museum, and various restaurant options.

Popular train stations in Raleigh:

  • Union Station

What train companies travel to Raleigh, North Carolina?

Located in North Carolina, Raleigh is accessible by train from 299 other cities. You can choose from 469 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Raleigh on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Raleigh are also available.

Train companies serving Raleigh

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak29717h 53m$139.48
Amtrak Silver Service368h 49m$84.46
Amtrak Carolinian235h 59m$64.39
Amtrak Piedmont81h 57m$16.31
  • 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.

  • Amtrak Silver Service

    Amtrak Silver Service

    The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car.

  • 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 boasts seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car.

  • 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.

Which train carrier has the best service to Raleigh?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Raleigh by train with Amtrak Carolinian giving them a 4.4 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Piedmont had the most comfortable train service to Raleigh taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Piedmont offers. They rate Amtrak Piedmont a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Raleigh punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Raleigh, rating them a 4.3 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Raleigh?

$3.50 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Raleigh, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Raleigh. In the last month, trains from Cary to Raleigh had the lowest average price at $3.50.

Where is the train station in Raleigh, NC?

The main train station in Raleigh is Union Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Raleigh.

What is the closest airport to Raleigh, NC?

The closest airport to Raleigh is Raleigh Durham Intl Airport (RDU), it is located 10.8 miles from the city center of Raleigh.

Is Raleigh a popular train travel destination?

Among train travelers Raleigh is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 159 in United States. Raleigh ranks number 3 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Raleigh via train service. On average 83 direct daily train trips serve Raleigh.

What is the population of Raleigh?

The population of Raleigh is 451066. Raleigh ranks number 2 in terms of population in North Carolina and number 119 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Raleigh cost?

Train tickets to Raleigh range from $4 for a short trip to Raleigh, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Raleigh starts at , and a longer trip by train to Raleigh can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $20 .

What type of traveler does Raleigh attract?

People who take the train to Raleigh are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Raleigh easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Raleigh?

The closest train station to the city center of Raleigh is Union Station, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Union Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Raleigh. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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