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Train Information between Charlotte, NC and Raleigh

distanceDistance129 miles (208 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 11 min
priceAverage train ticket price$30 (€24)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 3 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersAmtrak

Trains from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh cover the 129 miles (208 km) long route taking on average 3 h 11 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $30 (€24), but the average price of train tickets is $30 (€24).

Train companies

Amtrak between Charlotte, NC and Raleigh

For as little as $30 (€24) you can travel by train between Charlotte, NC and Raleigh with Amtrak. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh.

Amtrak from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 14 min
  • Amtrak frequency: 3 a day

Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Amtrak train ticket from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

Taking the train from Charlotte to Raleigh

With no airport-style security to hold passengers up and no traffic jams or parking fees to worry about, taking the train from Charlotte to Raleigh is a stress-free way of traveling between these two cities, whether the journey is for business or leisure. Amtrak, one of the largest rail providers in the United States, operates five trains from Charlotte to Raleigh every day of the week. Four of these are direct services with journey times of just under 3 hours 15 minutes. There is also a train departure in the early hours of the morning which requires a transfer at Greensboro en route and has a longer overall journey time of a little under 8 hours 30 minutes. All trains depart from Charlotte Station and arrive at Union Station in Raleigh.

Which train companies travel from Charlotte to Raleigh?

The train service between the two Northern Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh is operated by Amtrak. Amtrak was founded nearly 50 years ago on May 1st, 1971. Its first operations covered 21 routes in 43 states. Now its train services reach over 500 communities in the United States, many of which are in isolated rural areas. Amtrak rolling stock is modern and well-equipped with baggage storage, WiFi, power outlets, and a variety of dining options. Some trains have room for pets and bicycles while service animals are allowed on all routes. Depending on the length of the journey, passengers can reserve coach seats or Viewliner Roomettes. These sleep two or more people and are equipped with a sink and toilet while showers are available in the same carriage.

How long is the train ride from Charlotte to Raleigh?

The direct train from Charlotte to Raleigh takes just under 3 hours and 15 minutes. There is also one longer service that departs in the early hours of the morning and takes around 8 hours and 30 minutes. This involves a connection at Greensboro with a lengthy waiting time of nearly 5 hours between trains.

How many trains are there from Charlotte to Raleigh?

There are at least five train services from Charlotte to Raleigh every day of the week. There are four direct services with the first train departing in the early morning. There is then a further morning departure, one in mid-afternoon and one early evening. A longer connecting service departs in the early hours of the morning.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Charlotte to Raleigh?

Departure station: Trains to Raleigh from Charlotte depart from Charlotte Station, which is located on North Tryon Street, approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) to the east of the historic city center. Walking from the station to Uptown Charlotte takes approximately 30 minutes. Passengers can also travel from the station to the city center on the number 11 bus route operated by CATS (Charlotte Area Transport System) or by taxi. As well as by local buses, passengers can also move around the city on the LYNX Light Rail Network. Among the amenities at Charlotte Station are car parking, a passenger waiting room, restrooms, ticket office and self-serve ticket machines, public payphones, luggage storage facilities, and vending machines selling a limited selection of drinks and snacks. Only parts of the station are accessible to those with limited mobility, including the platforms, waiting room, payphones, and toilets. There is an elevator adapted for wheelchairs, and wheelchairs can be borrowed from the station if booked in advance. Please note: the ticket office is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Arrival station: Every train from Charlotte to Raleigh arrives at Raleigh Union Station which is located on E. Morgan Street in the center of Raleigh. This is less than five minutes' walk from the city's historic heart where buildings such as the North Carolina State Capitol can be found. Raleigh is laid out in a grid system and served by a network of local buses operated by GoRaleigh, route 13 of which passes near the station. The station is also linked to other areas of the city by the free-to-use R-LINE Downtown Circulator bus service. Raleigh Union Station is a new building that opened in July 2018. Amenities at this modern station include car parking, ATMs, restrooms, ticket offices, left luggage facilities, and vending machines selling drinks and food. There is, however, no WiFi service. As a new station, Raleigh Union is well designed to meet the needs of passengers with limited mobility or other disabilities. There are adapted restrooms, wheelchairs are available to borrow and platforms, the ticket office, waiting room, water fountains, and areas of the car park are all easily accessible.

Travel Tips

Trains from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh
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FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest train from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh to cost as little as $30 (€24)  in the next 7 days.
How much is the train between Charlotte, NC and Raleigh on average?
If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Charlotte, NC to Raleigh train price to come in at an average of $30 (€24)  one way.
How far is Raleigh from Charlotte, NC by train?
The Charlotte, NC to Raleigh train distance is approximately 129 miles (208 km).
How long is the train ride from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh?
The train time to Raleigh from Charlotte, NC is on average 3 h 11 min  for the 129 miles (208 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Charlotte, NC and Raleigh by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What train providers go from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh?
Take the Charlotte, NC to Raleigh train with Amtrak. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the route from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many trains are there from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh a day?
On average, there are 3 trains a day from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
What are the first and last departure train times from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh?
The earliest train for this journey departs from Charlotte, NC at 9: 31 AM. The last train leaves from Charlotte, NC at 7: 15 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
How far in advance should I book train tickets to Raleigh from Charlotte, NC for the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Charlotte, NC to Raleigh is on average $30 (€24) if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets to Raleigh from Charlotte, NC available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Charlotte, NC
Raleigh
The major railway station for departures from Charlotte, NC is. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at for your journey between Charlotte, NC and Raleigh.