There are 5 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

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Bus  •  5 h 45 min

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

$58 - $91

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Raleigh to Columbia 226.8 miles

$22 - $35

Fly from Raleigh/Durham  •  4 h 40 min

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

$196 - $933

Train to Charlotte, fly  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Charlotte Amtrak
  2. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to Columbia (CAE) CLT - CAE

$244 - $1,223

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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 costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 42 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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The distance between Raleigh and Columbia is 184 miles. The road distance is 226.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Columbia without a car is to train which takes 4 h 37 min and costs $40 - $110.

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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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Raleigh to Columbia train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Raleigh Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Columbia is to train which takes 4 h 37 min and costs $40 - $110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $95 and takes 5 h 45 min, you could also fly, which costs $190 - $950 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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There is no direct flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Columbia Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 57 min and has one stopover.

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Raleigh to Columbia train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Columbia Amtrak station.

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Map of how to get from Raleigh to Columbia.
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  • Distance: 183.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 37 min

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, Fayetteville, NC, and Columbia, SC in around 5 h 45 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Charlotte to Columbia
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Columbia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
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 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
Train from Raleigh Amtrak to Charlotte Amtrak
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 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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Yes, the driving distance between Raleigh to Columbia is 227 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 42 min to drive from Raleigh to Columbia.

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United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Columbia Airport.

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There are 113+ hotels available in Columbia. Prices start at $59 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 26 min and costs $2 - $3.

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