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There are 5 ways to get from Raleigh to Charlotte by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Union Station to Charlotte Amtrak Station Piedmont / ...

$35 - $90

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Bus  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Charlotte, Nc 1041 / ...

$23 - $56

3 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Raleigh to Charlotte 165.6 miles

$16 - $24

Fly from Raleigh/Durham  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Charlotte (CLT) RDU - CLT

$215 - $366

Bus to Fayetteville Municipal, fly  •  3 h 58 min

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

$182 - $901

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The cheapest way to get from Raleigh to Charlotte is to drive which costs $16 - $24 and takes 2 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Raleigh to Charlotte is to drive which costs $16 - $24 and takes 2 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Raleigh station to Charlotte. However, there are services departing from GoRaleigh Station and arriving at Charlotte, Nc via Raleigh, Nc. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 4 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Raleigh Union Station station and arriving at Charlotte Amtrak Station station. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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The distance between Raleigh and Charlotte is 130 miles. The road distance is 165.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Charlotte without a car is to train which takes 3 h 10 min and costs $35 - $90.

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The train from Raleigh Union Station to Charlotte Amtrak Station takes 3 h 10 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Raleigh to Charlotte bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Raleigh, Nc station.

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Raleigh to Charlotte train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Raleigh Union Station.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Charlotte is to train which takes 3 h 10 min and costs $35 - $90. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $23 - $60 and takes 5 h 4 min, you could also fly, which costs $210 - $370 and takes 3 h 14 min.

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Map of how to get from Raleigh to Charlotte.
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  • Distance: 130.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 10 min

What companies run services between Raleigh, NC, USA and Charlotte, NC, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Raleigh to Charlotte 4 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $90 and the journey takes 3 h 10 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Raleigh to Charlotte every 3 hours. Tickets cost $22 - $55 and the journey takes 3 h 55 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Charlotte
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $600
Flights from Fayetteville Municipal to Charlotte
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Raleigh Union Station to Charlotte Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $90
Room
$190 - $260
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Charlotte, Nc
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Fayetteville, Nc
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $28

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The quickest flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Charlotte Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 3 min.

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Raleigh to Charlotte bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Charlotte, Nc station.

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Raleigh to Charlotte train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Charlotte Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Raleigh to Charlotte is 166 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to drive from Raleigh to Charlotte.

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American Airlines offers flights from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Charlotte Airport.

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There are 266+ hotels available in Charlotte. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Raleigh/Durham Airport is to line 100 bus which takes 25 min and costs $2 - $3.

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