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Cary-Columbia Train Schedule
There is one daily train from Cary to Columbia. Traveling by train from Cary to Columbia usually takes around 4 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Silver Service train can make the trip in 4 hours and 7 minutes.
|Distance||178 mi (286 km)|
|Fastest train||4h 7m|
|Trains per day||1|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak Silver Service|
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Which train should you take from Cary to Columbia?
Amtrak Silver Service is the one and only train line which connects Cary, North Carolina to Columbia, South Carolina. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Silver Service||1||4h 9m||$40.35|
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. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Cary to Columbia start from $22 and the average train journey lasts about 4 hours and 9 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Cary to Columbia 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 Cary to Columbia?
The distance between Cary and Columbia is approximately 178 miles, or 286 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 9 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 7 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 from Cary to Columbia are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
Most days, there is only one train which leaves Cary at 9:00pm and arrives in Columbia around 4 hours later.
Is there a direct train from Cary to Columbia?
Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Columbia with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Columbia to Cary.
Where is the train station in Cary?
There is one train station in Cary.
Where is the train station in Columbia?
Columbia has one train station.
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