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Raleigh - Selma Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 2 daily train trips between Raleigh and Selma. The average train journey from Raleigh to Selma takes 2 hours and 50 minutes, but some Amtrak Carolinian train trips are as short as 33 minutes.

Distance26 mi (42 km)
Fastest train0h 33m
Lowest price$9.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Raleigh and Selma cost $13.00, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 29 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $0.25 more.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Raleigh to Selma often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in November when the average ticket price is only $11. If you're thinking of traveling from Raleigh to Selma during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $15 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Which train should you take from Raleigh to Selma?

2 train services operate from Raleigh to Selma. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak15h 7m$19.69
Amtrak Carolinian10h 33m$9.00
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Raleigh to Selma every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $17.

  • 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 Selma, 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 0 hours and 33 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Raleigh and Selma is approximately 26 miles, or 42 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 33 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Selma.

Trains departing from Raleigh to Selma tend to have the most passengers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Thursday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Raleigh at 10:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Raleigh 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 Selma 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 Selma to Raleigh.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Raleigh?

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Main departure station: Union Station

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.

All train stations in Raleigh:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Selma?

Main arrival station: 500 E Railroad St

Selma has one train station.

All train stations in Selma:

  • 500 E Railroad St

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