There are 9 ways to get from Charlotte to Outer Banks by train, bus, car, car ferry or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  14 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Charlotte Amtrak to Wilson Amtrak
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
  3. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

Cheapest option

Drive, ferry, car ferry  •  10 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Charlotte to Cedar Island, NC
  2. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  3. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$51 - $69

7 alternative options

Bus, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  16 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Charlotte, Nc to Raleigh, Nc
  2. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Wilson, Nc 312
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
  4. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  5. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  6. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

Drive  •  7 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Charlotte to Buxton 405.9 miles

$35 - $60

Fly to New Bern, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  10 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to New Bern (EWN) CLT - EWN
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from New Bern, NC to Morehead City, NC
  3. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

Fly to Greenville, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  11 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to Greenville (PGV) CLT - PGV
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Greenville, NC to Morehead City, NC
  3. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

Fly to Jacksonville, drive  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to Jacksonville (OAJ) CLT - OAJ
  2. Drive from Jacksonville to Buxton

$144 - $737

Fly to Norfolk, drive  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to Norfolk (ORF) CLT - ORF
  2. Drive from Norfolk to Buxton

$144 - $382

Fly to Newport News, drive  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to Newport News (PHF) CLT - PHF
  2. Drive from Newport News to Buxton

$176 - $465

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Charlotte to Outer Banks is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 7 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Charlotte to Outer Banks is to fly and drive which costs $140 - $390 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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The distance between Charlotte and Outer Banks is 305 miles. The road distance is 405.9 miles.

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It takes approximately 14 h 35 min to get from Charlotte to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Charlotte, NC, USA and Outer Banks, NC, USA?

There is no direct connection from Charlotte to Buxton. However, you can take the train to Wilson Amtrak, take the walk to Wilson, NC, take the Amtrak Thruway to Morehead City, NC, take the drive to Cedar Island, NC, take the ferry to Ocracoke, NC, take the drive to Ocracoke, NC, take the car ferry to Hatteras Island, NC, then take the drive to Buxton. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Raleigh, Nc, take the bus to Wilson, Nc, take the walk to Wilson, NC, take the Amtrak Thruway to Morehead City, NC, take the drive to Cedar Island, NC, take the ferry to Ocracoke, NC, take the drive to Ocracoke, NC, take the car ferry to Hatteras Island, NC, then take the drive to Buxton.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Charlotte to New Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Charlotte to Greenville
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Jacksonville
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Charlotte to Norfolk
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $750
Flights from Charlotte to Newport News
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $750
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Charlotte Amtrak to Wilson Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Room
$210 - $290
Bus operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from New Bern, NC to Morehead City, NC
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Greenville, NC to Morehead City, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Charlotte, Nc to Raleigh, Nc
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Wilson, Nc
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $30
Ferry operators
North Carolina Department of Transportation - NCDOT
Website
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
ncdot.gov

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