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There are 6 ways to get from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains by train, bus, car or plane

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Train, bus, drive  •  8h 44m

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Union Station to Greensboro Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from Greensboro, Nc to Asheville, Nc
  3. Drive from Asheville, Nc to Great Smoky Mountains

$57 - $124

Cheapest option

Bus, drive  •  9h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Asheville, Nc 4845
  2. Drive from Asheville, Nc to Great Smoky Mountains

$37 - $83

4 alternative options

Train, bus, drive via Winston-Salem Transportation Center  •  9h 24m

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Union Station to High Point Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from Winston Salem, Nc to Asheville, Nc
  3. Drive from Asheville, Nc to Great Smoky Mountains

$60 - $128

Drive  •  6h 15m

  1. Drive from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains 325.9 miles

$30 - $50

Fly from Raleigh/Durham, drive  •  6h 45m

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Knoxville (TYS) RDU - TYS
  2. Drive from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains

$178 - $333

Train to Charlotte, fly, drive  •  8h 14m

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Union Station to Charlotte Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to Knoxville (TYS) CLT - TYS
  3. Drive from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains

$228 - $1,106

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 6h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 6h 15m.

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The distance between Raleigh and Great Smoky Mountains is 275 miles. The road distance is 325.9 miles.

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It takes approximately 8h 44m to get from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Knoxville Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 15m and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains is 326 miles. It takes approximately 6h 15m to drive from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains.

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

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There are 1401+ hotels available in Great Smoky Mountains. Prices start at $119 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 26m and costs $2 - $3.

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Map of how to get from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains.
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  • Distance: 275.2 miles
  • Duration: 8h 44m

What companies run services between Raleigh, NC, USA and Great Smoky Mountains, TN, USA?

There is no direct connection from Raleigh to Great Smoky Mountains. However, you can take the train to Greensboro Amtrak Station, take the walk to Greensboro, Nc, take the bus to Asheville, Nc, then take the drive to Great Smoky Mountains. Alternatively, you can take the line 1 bus to Capital Blvd at Crabtree Blvd, take the walk to Raleigh, Nc, take the bus to Asheville, Nc, then take the drive to Great Smoky Mountains.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $460
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $460
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $460
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $460
Flights from Charlotte to Knoxville
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $460
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $460
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $460
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Raleigh Union Station to Greensboro Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Raleigh Union Station to High Point Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Raleigh Union Station to Charlotte Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
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 Greensboro, Nc to Asheville, Nc
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Asheville, Nc
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Winston Salem, Nc to Asheville, Nc
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50

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