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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Raleigh to Charlotte. Traveling by train from Raleigh to Charlotte usually takes around 4 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance130 mi (209 km)
Fastest train3h 10m
Lowest price$27.00
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Raleigh, NC to Charlotte, NC

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Louise

May 17, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Easy. Cons: Arrive and leave on time. Tips: No.

Pros: Easy. Cons: Arrive and leave on time. Tips: No.

5.0

Sally

August 10, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Piedmont

The staff was very gracious and accommodating to me

The staff was very gracious and accommodating to me

5.0

Matilda

June 9, 2019 - Business

Amtrak Piedmont

Pros: Everything from the friendly staff to the clean car and seats! I am definitely using this service again! Cons: Nothing. Tips: You're missing out big time if you're not using Amtrak services!

Pros: Everything from the friendly staff to the clean car and seats! I am definitely using this service again! Cons: Nothing. Tips: You're missing out big time if you're not using Amtrak services!

What is the price of a train ticket from Raleigh to Charlotte?

In the last month, $27.03 was the average price of a train ticket from Raleigh, NC to Charlotte, NC. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $7.31 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Charlotte from Raleigh is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about $27 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Raleigh to Charlotte by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for April. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $27 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Raleigh to Charlotte in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $30 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 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Charlotte from Raleigh will be about $7.31 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Raleigh to Charlotte?

There are 3 train lines with service from Raleigh, North Carolina to Charlotte, North Carolina. Amtrak is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak26h 5m$28.62
Amtrak Carolinian13h 26m$27.74
Amtrak Piedmont23h 10m$27.68
  • 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 Raleigh to Charlotte every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $27.

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  • 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 Raleigh and Charlotte, 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 3 hours and 26 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Raleigh to Charlotte 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 Raleigh to Charlotte?

The distance between Raleigh and Charlotte is approximately 130 miles, or 209 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 10 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 Raleigh to Charlotte 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 Saturday 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 Raleigh at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 Raleigh to Charlotte?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Charlotte. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Charlotte to Raleigh. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Raleigh to Charlotte for $41.00.

City Information

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.

Charlotte

A mecca for fans of speed in general and for NASCAR in particular, Charlotte is a burgeoning urban center that still retains its southern charm. Even if you are not a hardcore fan of NASCAR, it is still worth taking the time to check it out. Housing more than just plaques dedicated to legendary drivers, the museum also features high-tech exhibits, as well as racing simulators to keep you enthralled. If cars are not your thing, the bustling Uptown area, which houses the city’s top museums such as Discovery Place or Mint Museum Uptown, will offer a day’s worth of interesting facts to enjoy. When you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of Uptown, Freedom Park, located about three miles north of the city center, provides a natural refuge where you can recover.

Charlotte’s food scene is brimming with life, as modernized Southern staples take the city by storm. Perhaps the best place to enjoy the tastiest Southern dishes in town is at Price’s Chicken Coop. If you are looking to enjoy some fine barbecues, Midwood Smokehouse or Noble Smoke might have what you need.

Charlotte’s busiest bus station is at W 4th St in the heart of the city, offering bus trips by several carriers like Greyhound and Jefferson Lines to other cities such as Richmond or New York. The city is served by three Amtrak lines: the Crescent, the Carolinian, and the Piedmont. Travelers can catch these trains at the station on Tryon St in Lockwood. The main airport of the city is the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is the sixth-busiest airport in the country. It is located 6 miles from the city center.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Raleigh?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Raleigh.

Where is the train station in Charlotte?

Arrival stations

Charlotte has one train station.

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