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There are 8 ways to get from Washington to Raleigh by train, bus, car, plane or subway

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Train  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Raleigh Amtrak Silver Star / ...

$50 - $140

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Bus Megabus  •  7 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington to Durham, NC

$28 - $39

6 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Richmond, Va 1051 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Richmond, Va to Raleigh, Nc 1019 / ...

$39 - $89

Drive  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Washington to Raleigh 281.4 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Reagan Washington to Raleigh/Durham  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Raleigh/Durham (RDU) DCA - RDU

$90 - $236

Train to Baltimore, fly to Raleigh/Durham  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to BWI Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Raleigh/Durham (RDU) BWI - RDU

$143 - $393

Subway to Washington Dulles, fly to Raleigh/Durham  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the subway from FARRAGUT WEST station to WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station
  2. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Raleigh/Durham (RDU) IAD - RDU

$96 - $283

Fly Washington Dulles to Fayetteville Municipal, bus  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Fayetteville Municipal (FAY) IAD - FAY
  2. Take the bus from Fayetteville, Nc to Raleigh, Nc

$228 - $608

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Washington to Raleigh is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Raleigh is to fly which costs $85 - $240 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to Raleigh station. However, there are services departing from Washington, Dc and arriving at GoRaleigh Station via Richmond, Va and Capital Blvd at Crabtree Blvd. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 54 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Washington Union Station station and arriving at Raleigh Amtrak. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 43 min.

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The distance between Washington and Raleigh is 234 miles. The road distance is 281.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Raleigh without a car is to train which takes 5 h 43 min and costs $50 - $140.

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The train from Washington Union Station to Raleigh Amtrak takes 5 h 43 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Washington to Raleigh bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Washington, Dc station.

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

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The best way to get from Washington to Raleigh is to train which takes 5 h 43 min and costs $50 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $90 and takes 5 h 54 min, you could also fly, which costs $85 - $240 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Washington to Raleigh.
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  • Distance: 234.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 43 min

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and Raleigh, NC, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Washington to Raleigh twice daily. Tickets cost $50 - $140 and the journey takes 5 h 43 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to Raleigh via Richmond, Va, Raleigh, Nc, and Capital Blvd at Crabtree Blvd in around 5 h 54 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Baltimore to Raleigh/Durham
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Raleigh/Durham
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Reagan Washington to Raleigh/Durham via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Washington Dulles to Fayetteville Municipal via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Raleigh/Durham
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Washington Dulles to Fayetteville Municipal
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Raleigh/Durham
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $460
Flights from Baltimore to Raleigh/Durham
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
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 Washington Union Station to Raleigh Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
Amtrak Acela Express

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 Washington Union Station to BWI Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from FARRAGUT WEST station to WIEHLE-RESTON EAST station
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
wmata.com
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 Washington, Dc to Richmond, Va
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Richmond, Va to Raleigh, Nc
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Fayetteville, Nc to Raleigh, Nc
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $28

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Raleigh/Durham Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 13 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Raleigh is 281 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to drive from Washington to Raleigh.

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Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Raleigh/Durham Airport.

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There are 153+ hotels available in Raleigh. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Reagan Washington Airport is to subway which takes 15 min and costs $2 - $4.

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