There are 4 ways to get from Raleigh to Columbia by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Columbia Amtrak Silver Star

$40 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus, Megabus  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Fayetteville, Nc 1019 / ...
  2. Take the Megabus from Fayetteville, NC to Columbia, SC

$31 - $57

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Raleigh to Columbia 226.8 miles

$22 - $35

Fly  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Columbia (CAE) RDU - CAE

$196 - $933

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The cheapest way to get from Raleigh to Columbia is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Raleigh to Columbia is to drive which takes 3 h 42 min and costs $22 - $35.

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The distance between Raleigh and Columbia is 294 km. The road distance is 363 km.

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The train from Raleigh Amtrak to Columbia Amtrak takes 4 h 37 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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No, there is no direct bus from Raleigh to Columbia. However, there are services departing from GoRaleigh Station and arriving at Columbia, SC via Raleigh, Nc and Fayetteville, NC. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 46 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Raleigh Amtrak and arriving at Columbia Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 37 min.

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

Amtrak operates a train from Raleigh to Columbia once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $110 and the journey takes 4 h 37 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Raleigh to Columbia via Capital Blvd at Crabtree Blvd, Raleigh, Nc, Fayetteville, Nc, and Fayetteville, NC in around 5 h 46 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Raleigh Amtrak to Columbia Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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

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