There are 6 ways to get from Research Triangle to Outer Banks by train, bus, car, car ferry 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.

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Train, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  12 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Amtrak to Wilson Amtrak
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
  3. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

Cheapest option

Drive, ferry, car ferry  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Research Triangle to Swan Quarter, NC
  2. Take the ferry from Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  3. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

$34 - $44

4 alternative options

Bus, Amtrak Thruway, drive, ferry, car ferry  •  13 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Wilson, Nc 312
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
  3. Drive from Morehead City, NC to Cedar Island, NC
  4. Take the ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
  5. Take the car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC

Drive  •  4 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Research Triangle to Buxton 254.2 miles

$24 - $40

Fly to New Bern, drive  •  7 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to New Bern (EWN) RDU - EWN
  2. Drive from New Bern to Buxton

$178 - $837

Fly to Greenville, drive  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Greenville (PGV) RDU - PGV
  2. Drive from Greenville to Buxton

$202 - $972

Questions & Answers

The distance between Research Triangle and Outer Banks is 188 miles. The road distance is 254.2 miles.

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It takes approximately 12 h 50 min to get from Research Triangle to Outer Banks, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to New Bern Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 20 min and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Research Triangle to Outer Banks is 254 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 49 min to drive from Research Triangle to Outer Banks.

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Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Raleigh/Durham Airport to New Bern Airport.

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There are eight+ hotels available in Outer Banks. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Research Triangle to Outer Banks.
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  • Distance: 187.8 miles
  • Duration: 12 h 50 min

What companies run services between Research Triangle, NC, USA and Outer Banks, NC, USA?

There is no direct connection from Research Triangle to Buxton. However, you can take the line 100 bus to S Salisbury St at W Morgan St, take the walk to Raleigh Amtrak, take the train to Wilson Amtrak, take the walk to Wilson, NC, take the Amtrak Thruway to Morehead City, NC, take the drive to Cedar Island, NC, take the ferry to Ocracoke, NC, take the drive to Ocracoke, NC, take the car ferry to Hatteras Island, NC, then take the drive to Buxton. Alternatively, you can take the line 100 bus to GoRaleigh Station, take the line 1 bus to Capital Blvd at Crabtree Blvd, take the walk to Raleigh, Nc, take the bus to Wilson, Nc, take the walk to Wilson, NC, take the Amtrak Thruway to Morehead City, NC, take the drive to Cedar Island, NC, take the ferry to Ocracoke, NC, take the drive to Ocracoke, NC, take the car ferry to Hatteras Island, NC, then take the drive to Buxton.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Pittsburgh, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 58 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via New York La Guardia, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Philadelphia, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Pittsburgh, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Greenville via Reagan Washington, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to New Bern via Reagan Washington, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Raleigh Amtrak to Wilson Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Bus 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Wilson, NC to Morehead City, NC
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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 Wilson, Nc
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $30
Ferry operators
North Carolina Department of Transportation - NCDOT
Website
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Cedar Island, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Ocracoke, NC to Hatteras Island, NC
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
ncdot.gov
Car ferry from Swan Quarter, NC to Ocracoke, NC
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
ncdot.gov

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