Raleigh to Charlotte, NC train

Cheap train tickets from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

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27

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27

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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03:00PMRaleigh Union Station3h10 06:10PMCharlotte Station, NC
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271One-way
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06:30AMRaleigh Union Station3h10 09:40AMCharlotte Station, NC
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271One-way
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05:30PMRaleigh Union Station9h00 02:30AMCharlotte Station, NC
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271One-way
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05:30PMRaleigh Union Station3h26 08:56PMCharlotte Station, NC
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271One-way
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10:00AMRaleigh Union Station3h10 01:10PMCharlotte Station, NC
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271One-way

Train schedule from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

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06:30AMRaleigh Union Station3h10 09:40AMCharlotte Station, NC
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10:00AMRaleigh Union Station3h10 01:10PMCharlotte Station, NC
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03:00PMRaleigh Union Station3h10 06:10PMCharlotte Station, NC
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05:30PMRaleigh Union Station9h00 02:30AMCharlotte Station, NC
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05:30PMRaleigh Union Station3h26 08:56PMCharlotte Station, NC
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Fastest train times from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

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Fastest Journey

3 h 10 m

Average

4 h 23 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

209 km

Of the 5 trains that leave Raleigh for Charlotte, NC every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
03:00PMRaleigh Union Station3h10 06:10PMCharlotte Station, NC
0 transfers
271One-way
Fastest
06:30AMRaleigh Union Station3h10 09:40AMCharlotte Station, NC
0 transfers
271One-way
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10:00AMRaleigh Union Station3h10 01:10PMCharlotte Station, NC
0 transfers
271One-way
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05:30PMRaleigh Union Station3h26 08:56PMCharlotte Station, NC
0 transfers
271One-way
05:30PMRaleigh Union Station9h00 02:30AMCharlotte Station, NC
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271One-way

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Overview: Train from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

distanceDistance129 miles (208 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 10 min
priceAverage train ticket price$30 (€27)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 3 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC cover the 129 miles (208 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 10 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $30 (€27), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $29 (€26).

Train companies: Amtrak from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC trains

Find the best trains from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC with Omio's travel partners Amtrak from $29 (€26). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Amtrak

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 between Raleigh and Charlotte, NC, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

Amtrak from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 13 min
  • Average Price: $29
  • Amtrak frequency: 3 a day

Trains from Raleigh to Charlotte

Most trains that offer rides from Raleigh to Charlotte provide direct connections. The distance between Raleigh and Charlotte is 129 miles (208km). On average, trains take 3h 10min to get between the two cities. Trains are an efficient way of getting from Raleigh to Charlotte. This is because trains are relatively cheaper compared to other means. A train ride gets you in the middle of Charlotte so that you won't have to commute from the station to the city center. The sole provider of train rides from Raleigh to Charlotte is Amtrak.

Raleigh to Charlotte train time: Daily Departures.

There are about four daily trains that operate the Raleigh-Charlotte route. This means that, on average, travelers get 20 different options weekly to choose from. The number of train services provided daily may change depending on the day of the week and the season. The first train leaves Raleigh headed to Charlotte at around 10:30 a.m., while the last train leaves at around 9:30 p.m. Omio provides all provider schedules so that travelers can choose the most convenient schedule.

How long is the journey by train from Raleigh to Charlotte?

The average time for a train ride between Raleigh and Charlotte is 3h 10min. However, trains have different schedules, and some provide direct transfers while some have layovers. The fastest train takes 3h 10min. The 79 Carolinian 19 Crescent train is the slowest train on this route as it takes 9h on this route with a layover at Greensboro.

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

Departure train station: Raleigh Union Station, trains depart Raleigh headed to Charlotte at Raleigh Union Station. It lies in the downtown area at 510 W Martin Street. It operates daily from 5:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. It is a walkable distance from downtown, but travelers can get bus, taxi, and train rides to the station. The station provides ATMs, vending machines, and a tickets sale office. There is also a waiting area for passengers to wait for rides. The facility is wheelchair accessible for reduced mobility travelers. Travelers can get checked baggage storage and shipping boxes at the station. Same-day-parking and overnight parking is available at the station.

Arrival train station:Charlotte station, trains arrive at Charlotte station that lies at 1914 North Tyron Street, northeast of the downtown area. It operates 24 hours daily. Travelers can get on bus lines 11, 15,16, 20, 22, 23, 46X, and 48X from the station to other areas of Charlotte. Light Rail 501 also provides rides from the station to other destinations. The station features ATMs, restrooms, Quik-Trak shops, restrooms, payphones, and vending machines. The facility is wheelchair-accessible for reduced mobility passengers. If you have luggage, there are checked baggage storage and services available. Drivers can access long-term and short-term parking options at the station.

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Which train companies travel from Raleigh to Charlotte

Amtrak operates all train rides from Raleigh to Charlotte. It provides the Piedmont/ Carolinian trains that operate the Raleigh- Charlotte route. These trains can operate at 80 mph (128km/h). Depending on the route these trains take, trains come with different facilities. Long route trains typically provide long-travel facilities like cabins that have beds.

Amtrak trains from Raleigh to Charlotte

Carolinian trains travel on the Carolinian route. Some Carolinian train lines provide direct connections, while some provide rides with layovers. The 75 Piedmont, 73 Piedmont, and the 79 Carolinian trains provide direct transfers between the two cities. 79 Carolinian 19 Crescent train provides the longest ride with one stop at Greensboro station taking about 9h to get from Raleigh to Charlotte.

Trains from Raleigh to Charlotte: Services on Board

Carolinian Amtrak train provides business class seating and regular class seating. Business-class passengers get reserved seating, pillows, digital newspapers, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and refundable tickets. Plus, they get an extra luggage allowance and priority boarding. Regular class-seating has wide comfortable reclining seats for passengers' comfort. Seating on the regular class is served on first come first-served basis. The trains provide a cafe where travelers can get light meals, snacks and drinks. There’s a piedmont lounge car that provides a wide selection of drinks and snacks at reasonable prices. Travelers can also bring carry-on food on board.

Passengers can bring two carry-on pieces of luggage, excluding laptops, purses and strollers. Bags have to be under 50 lbs. (23kgs) and must be less than 28x12x14 inches. Passengers are limited to two checked baggs that are less than 50 pounds (23kg) each. Passengers with checked bags have to arrive at least 45min prior to the departure time. Small pets are allowed on board as long as they are older than eight weeks and confined in carriers. However, if the trip exceeds 9h pets will not be allowed onboard. Trains come with overhead storage racks and designated areas in train cars to store luggage. Passengers are not allowed to place luggage on seats. Trains are wheelchair enabled they come with wheelchair enabled restrooms and entrances. Limited-mobility passengers can also get extra assistance if they make prior arrangements with their carriers.

How to find cheap train tickets from Raleigh to Charlotte?

if you want to score cheaper tickets from Raleigh to Charlotte, consider booking in advance. Train providers often release tickets a few months before their scheduled dates. The earlier you book a ticket, the cheaper it can get. When getting cheaper train tickets from Raleigh to Charlotte, consider flexibility. If you are flexible with your dates you might score cheaper deals. A ticket may be cheaper three days before or after a scheduled date. Travelers can consider buying cheaper tickets during off-peak hours. During peak hours (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.), tickets tend to be more expensive than off-peak hours. Sometimes, trains with layovers can be cheaper than trains with direct journeys. Consider getting trains with layovers for cheaper alternatives.

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To Charlotte by train- travel tips

A train to Charlotte is an ideal way of getting between the two cities. The Carolinian route features scenic routes of the passing scenery. Charlotte is an ideal destination for any traveler as it blends urban amenities, outdoor attractions, excellent shopping, and top-notch cuisine. Art and culture lovers can visit the Billy Graham Library and soak in history through memorabilia exhibits and multimedia shows.

Discovery Place is an ever-changing museum that showcases interactive exhibits, IMAX theatre, and Explore More Life Lab that lets visitors participate in experiments. Carolinas Aviation Museum is an ideal destination for history and technology lovers as it showcases aircraft exhibits.

Nature and outdoor lovers will love visiting the Freedom Park that offers tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. Families can catch a game at the park or enjoy strolling on the walking trails. There are picnic grounds and concession stands providing refreshments and meals.

If you are lucky, you might catch a concert or a live performance. Nature lovers will love exploring the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden that features a five-story glasshouse with an orchid wall and a waterfall. It also features the Four Season Gardens and Cottage Gardens that feature plants and flower species. Thrill-seekers will love a tour to Paramount’s Carowinds amusement park, which features roller coasters, water rides, stage shows, and the Boomerang Bay.

A ride on the 325-foot-tall coaster is an ideal treat for thrill-seekers. Sports lovers can catch a baseball game at the BB&T BallPark during their visit to Charlotte. Treat your taste buds to The Asbury's sticky biscuits and chicken sandwiches. Sea Level NC is popular for its three-course meals, while Noble Smoke provides top-notch prime beef briskets.

Travel Tips: Trains from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

Travel by train to Charlotte, NC easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC.
FAQs
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Raleigh to Charlotte, NC trains for as little as $29 (€26)  in the next 7 days.
If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Raleigh to Charlotte, NC train to cost on average $30 (€27)  one way.
You should expect to travel around 129 miles (208 km)  from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC by train.
The Raleigh to Charlotte, NC train duration is on average 3 h 10 min, which is to be expected when traveling 129 miles (208 km) to Charlotte, NC from Raleigh. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
When taking a train from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC, you can count on Amtrak for the best way to get you to Charlotte, NC. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service to Charlotte, NC from Raleigh and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
Yes, there are 3 direct trains a day from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC. If you’re looking for a direct train, consider traveling with Amtrak. Nonstop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.
The average number of trains departing Raleigh for Charlotte, NC is 3 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
The earliest train for this trip departs from Raleigh at 10: 30 AM. The last train leaves from Raleigh at 10: 30 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
If you buy the Raleigh to Charlotte, NC train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $30 (€27). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Raleigh and Charlotte, NC. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

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