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Cary-Richmond Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Cary to Richmond. Traveling by train from Cary to Richmond usually takes around 4 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Silver Service train can make the trip in 3 hours and 59 minutes.

Distance142 mi (229 km)
Fastest train3h 59m
Lowest price$34.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carolinian
Train lines3

What is the price of a train ticket from Cary to Richmond?

In the last month, $34.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Cary, NC to Richmond, VA. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $10.10 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Richmond from Cary is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $34 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Cary to Richmond by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $35 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Cary to Richmond in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $43 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 11 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Richmond from Cary will be about $10.10 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Cary to Richmond?

There are 3 train lines with service from Cary, North Carolina to Richmond, Virginia. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak210h 38m$44.00
Amtrak Carolinian14h 17m$34.55
Amtrak Silver Service14h 4m$35.41
  • Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Cary to Richmond every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $44.

  • 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 runs an average of 1 trips per day between Cary and Richmond, all of which include seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car. The average Amtrak Carolinian ticket price for this route is , and the trip usually lasts around 4 hours and 17 minutes.

  • 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. One-way train tickets for the Silver Service from Cary to Richmond start from $34 and the average train journey lasts about 4 hours and 4 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Cary to Richmond 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 Richmond?

The distance between Cary and Richmond is approximately 142 miles, or 229 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 59 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 Richmond are the most crowded on Sunday. 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?

The earliest train departs Cary at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Cary to Richmond?

Trains leave the station in Cary twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Richmond faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Richmond to Cary.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cary?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Cary:

Other train stations in Cary:

  • 211 N Academy St

Where is the train station in Richmond?

Arrival stations

Richmond receives travelers from Cary at its two active train stations:

Other train stations in Richmond:

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • 1500 E Main St

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