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Durham - Wilmington Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Durham to Wilmington. Traveling by train from Durham to Wilmington usually takes around 9 hours and 9 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance317 mi (510 km)
Fastest train9h 9m
Lowest price$74.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Carolinian
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Durham to Wilmington?

In the last month, $74.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Durham, NC to Wilmington, DE. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $72.50 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Durham to Wilmington by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $74 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Durham to Wilmington in September, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $120 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 21 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Wilmington from Durham will be about $72.50 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Durham to Wilmington?

Amtrak Carolinian is the one and only train line which connects Durham, North Carolina to Wilmington, Delaware. 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.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Carolinian19h 9m$98.68
  • 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 Durham and Wilmington, 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 9 hours and 9 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Durham to Wilmington 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 Durham to Wilmington?

The distance between Durham and Wilmington is approximately 317 miles, or 510 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 9 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 Durham to Wilmington are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Sunday 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 Durham at 9:00am and arrives in Wilmington around 9 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Durham to Wilmington?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Wilmington 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 Wilmington to Durham. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Durham to Wilmington for $51.00.

City Information

Durham

Durham is a little treasure cove for all fans of history and the United States’ heritage. The first and foremost thing you should try out is go on a hike on one of the city’s iconic trails. For a more traditional hiking experience, try the Eno River Trail. If you wish to enjoy a more unique experience, the American Tobacco Trail will be a better choice, as it follows the old CSX railroad. For those who want to explore the city’s rich history, check out the Stagville Plantation, which is now a museum dedicated to the city’s antebellum history, offering a unique historical perspective.

Durham’s food scene is vibrant and exciting. Fans of seafood will definitely be amazed at how fresh and delicious the seafood at Mateo Bar de Tapas is. If you wish to try out Italian eats with a twist, check out Devil’s Pizzeria & Restaurant.

The main bus station is the Transportation Center located at 515 W Pettigrew St in Downtown Durham. From there, you can take a bus to New York, Richmond, Washington D.C., and dozens of other destinations across the country. The main Amtrak train station in Durham is located around the corner from the bus stop at 601 W Main St. Durham is served by Amtrak’s Carolinian and Piedmont lines. The city’s air services are handled by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 12 miles southeast of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Durham?

Departure stations

In Durham, Amtrak’s train station is at 601 W Main St, in a historic brick warehouse originally constructed in 1897. The Carolinian line from Charlotte to New York and the Piedmont line from Charlotte to Raleigh both stop at this station in Durham. Inside the station, passengers are greeted by high ceilings (this was once a warehouse, after all!) and can find restrooms, long benches for seating, and Amtrak staff. The same building also hosts an Italian restaurant and pool hall around the corner, and several more restaurants are within a one-block walk. You can even check out the Museum of Durham History on Main St, too. The Durham Amtrak station is located in the city center, close to Duke University and Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Where is the train station in Wilmington?

Arrival stations

Wilmington has one train station.

Need a return trip from Wilmington to Durham?

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