There are 6 ways to get from Raleigh to Charleston by train, car, bus 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, drive  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Selma-Smithfield Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Selma-Smithfield Amtrak to Yemassee Amtrak
  3. Drive from Yemassee Amtrak to Charleston

$78 - $179

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, NC to Charleston, SC 0972

$48 - $69

4 alternative options

Bus via Florence  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Fayetteville, Nc
  2. Take the bus from Fayetteville, Nc to Florence, Sc
  3. Take the bus from Florence to Charleston, SC

$56 - $106

Drive  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Raleigh to Charleston 280.3 miles

$27 - $40

Fly from Raleigh/Durham  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Charleston (CHS) RDU - CHS

$197 - $978

Bus to Fayetteville Municipal, fly  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Fayetteville, Nc
  2. Fly from Fayetteville Municipal (FAY) to Charleston (CHS) FAY - CHS

$274 - $1,273

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Raleigh to Charleston is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Raleigh to Charleston is to drive which takes 4 h 35 min and costs $27 - $40.

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The distance between Raleigh and Charleston is 354 km. The road distance is 448 km.

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It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from Raleigh to Charleston, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Raleigh to Charleston. However, there are services departing from Raleigh, Nc and arriving at Mary St / Meeting St via Fayetteville, Nc, Florence and Rivers Ave / Cosgrove Ave. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 50 min.

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What companies run services between Raleigh, NC, USA and Charleston, SC, USA?

You can take a bus from Raleigh to Charleston via Fayetteville, Nc, Florence, Sc, Florence, Charleston, SC, and Rivers Ave / Cosgrove Ave in around 8 h 50 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from Raleigh to Charleston hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Charleston via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Fayetteville Municipal to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Fayetteville Municipal to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Charleston via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Fayetteville Municipal to Charleston via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Charleston via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Charleston via Nashville
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Raleigh Amtrak to Selma-Smithfield Amtrak
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$21 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Room
$130 - $180
Train from Selma-Smithfield Amtrak to Yemassee Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Fayetteville, Nc
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $28
Bus from Fayetteville, Nc to Florence, Sc
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35
South Eastern Stages
Phone
+1 877.836.7607 / 404.591.2750
Email
info@sestages.com
Website
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Florence to Charleston, SC
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Raleigh, NC to Charleston, SC
Ave. Duration
8 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com

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