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It's difficult to get from Boston to Charlotte, NC without transferring at least once.
|Distance||719 miles (1159 km)|
|Average train duration||17 h 45 min|
|Average train ticket price||$135 (€130)|
|Train frequency||1 a day|
|Train companies||Amtrak or Amtrak Acela|
Trains from Boston to Charlotte, NC cover the 719 miles (1159 km) long journey taking on average 17 h 45 min with our travel partners like Amtrak or Amtrak Acela. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $135 (€130), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $135 (€130).
You can travel by train to Charlotte, NC from Boston with Amtrak Acela and Amtrak for as low as $135 (€130). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.
Amtrak is the main train company in the United States and operates medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 American states and 3 Canadian provinces. With over 300 Amtrak trains running daily, you can travel by train across America and explore destinations near and far. Take the Acela train for high-speed services connecting popular cities in the Northeast, the Coast Starlight to travel up and down the stunning West Coast or the Empire Builder to travel from Chicago to the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest among others. Amtrak offers different class options to suit any traveler’s budget with classes like Coach, Business, First and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. When you book your train journey from Boston to Charlotte, NC, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.
Boston to Charlotte, NC train information with Amtrak:
Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed train service operating services along the Northeast Corridor, connecting major cities like Washington, D. C. Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, Providence, and Boston. Acela trains are the fastest in the United States and can reach speeds up to 150 mph (250 km/h). When booking an Acela train to Charlotte, NC from Boston, you can choose between Business Class and First Class. Although each class offers different levels of services and accommodations, amenities in both classes include seat reservations, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, adjustable lighting at every seat, conference tables, large tray tables, and spacious and comfortable seats with extra legroom. Passengers can also purchase food and drinks on the train at Café Acela.
Amtrak Acela from Boston to Charlotte, NC train information:
Boston is about 719 miles (1159 km) from Charlotte, and a train ride is the best way of making this trip. There are at least four trains and as many as six departing Boston for Charlotte every day. On most days, six trains depart for Charlotte from Boston, and during the weekends, the departing trains are four. There are multiple departures a day, and you can travel at any time of your choosing. Download the Omio app for a fast and convenient way of booking the trains from Boston to Charlotte.
There are multiple departures a day from South Station and Back Bay Station, Boston, for Charlotte. During the weekdays, six trains depart from Boston to Charlotte, three from either station. The first train to leave Boston leaves at 8:15 a.m. from South Station, and 6min later (8:21 a.m.), the first from Back Bay Station departs. The last train from South Station is an evening train, and it departs at 9:30 p.m., and again, 6min later, its Back Bay Station counterpart departs. When you download the Omio app, you can view the various trains available and their departure times to make the most informed choice while booking your journey.
The trip from Boston to Charlotte is long. The cities are about 719 miles (1159 km) apart, and you’ll have several trains to help you make this trip. During the weekdays, you’ll have six departures from Boston for Charlotte, and the fastest train of the lot makes this journey in about 17h 15min. There are four departures each day during the weekend, and the fastest train takes around 17h 45min to make this trip. No direct trains are making the trip from Boston to Charlotte, and most trains include a changeover en route. You can view the available journey and their corresponding changeovers using the Omio app.
Departure train station: South Station is in downtown Boston along 700 Atlantic Avenue. You can easily get to other parts of the city using the MBTA commuter rail and subway trains, and the regional buses. The station has many amenities, and you’ll find Wi-Fi, accessible restrooms, checked baggage service, bag storage, and daily and overnight parking available. If you need baggage assistance, just look for a Red Cap employee, and they will hold your luggage for you. If you need a snack, there are several casual restaurants at South Station. Back Bay Station is about 2 miles (3.2 km) from downtown Boston, and a taxi should get you downtown easily. The trip downtown takes about 7min via Beacon Street. You’ll find several amenities at the station, including art installations, ATMs, payphones, vending machines, elevators, QuickTrak kiosks, and accessible restrooms. Same-day and overnight parking at the station is available at a fee, and there are reserved spots for people with limited mobility.
Arrival train station: Charlotte Station is about 1.6 miles (2.5 km) from Charlotte city center. The easiest way to get downtown is by bus or taxi, and a trip downtown takes about 7min. The station is well-equipped, and you’ll find several amenities, including vending machines, payphones, ATMs, QuickTrak kiosks, and accessible restrooms. Checked baggage service and checked baggage storage is available at the station. You will find baggage carts too, and if you need assistance with your luggage, the station staff offers baggage assistance. Most of the station is wheelchair accessible, and there’s a wheelchair lift available too.
Charlotte North Carolina Park. Source: Shutterstock
Amtrak is the sole train provider with trains from Boston to Charlotte. They have provided several trains to help you make this journey, including the high-speed Amtrak Accela. Other trains available include the Northeast Regional, Carolinian, and Crescent. On an Amtrak train, expect to have free Wi-Fi and an individual power outlet to keep your devices powered. Amtrak trains take scenic routes that will expose you to the most beautiful landscapes, which you can enjoy from the viewer cars. Read our magazine, Window Seat, to know more about the Amtrak trains from Boston to Charlotte.
Amtrak has only provided connecting trains for the journey from Boston to Charlotte. These trains are available from South Station and Back Bay Station in Boston. The trains from Boston to Charlotte usually have their changeovers either in Washington or New York. If you are on board the Northeast Regional or the Accela, expect your changeover in Penn Station, New York. If you take the 65 Amtrak from Boston, your change will be in Union Station, Washington DC, where you’ll board the Carolinian for Charlotte. The fastest train takes about 17h 15min, and is a combination of the Accela and Crescent, with a 1h 21min changeover at Penn Station. The slowest journey (about 23h 26min) is by the 65 Amtrak and the Carolinian and includes a 4h 38min changeover in Union Station, Washington DC.
You can either book coach reserved or business class seats on the trains from Boston to Charlotte. A coach reserved seat ticket guarantees you a wide reclining seat with an individual reading light, fold-down tray, and a power outlet. Business-class passengers get wider and more comfortable seats with extra legroom than coach, tray tables, power outlets, and complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks from Café Accela.
You’ll also travel either in a different car or a section dedicated to business class passengers. Wheelchairs are welcome on board, with space provided for folded wheelchairs. Reserve your bike space as you book your ticket because of limited space. If you get hungry, food and drinks are available at Café Accela, and you’ll have clean restrooms in every car. Pets and service animals are also welcome on board, but only pets below 20 pounds and service animals of every weight.
If you wish to enjoy great rates, book your ticket using the Omio app. You can also try booking in advance when the fares are much cheaper than the actual day of travel. Another trick is booking slower journeys since these are priced much lower than the faster, direct journeys. Finally, be flexible with your date of travel. During certain days, trains are on-demand, hence priced higher than other days. However, if you’re flexible, you can book your ticket when the fares are the lowest.
Charlotte North Carolina Pstation Train. Source: Shutterstock
Nicknamed “The Queen City,” Charlotte is an ideal city for a vacation. There are five ingredients to a great trip – food, sights, sounds, people, and history, and Charlotte has it all. Charlotte is teeming with history, which you can spot in the gorgeous architecture.
Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte Museum of History, and North Carolina Transportation Museum are some cool spots you should check out, and if you’re looking for something spooky, there are haunted houses you can visit during Halloween.
The city is home to great soul food, and whether it’s collard greens, mashed potatoes, or pulled meats, you’ll find several restaurants offering them just the way you like it. Food trucks are also big in Charlotte, and from burgers to cupcakes, they’ve got just about everything to satisfy your cravings.
The outdoors is to die for. Whether you’re a NASCAR fan, football fan, or thrill-seeker, you’re at home in this great city. The Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets put on great games on the weekends, and BK Racing and whitewater rafting are big in Charlotte. Remember, it all starts with a train from Boston to Charlotte.
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