Raleigh, NC Airport Information
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
Approximate taxi fare: $42 USD
Located 14 miles from downtown, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport combines southern hospitality and high-tech amenities to create a positive experience for travelers. Served by 10 major airlines and 19 regional carriers, Raleigh-Durham International provides nearly 450 daily flights to more than 40 top destinations, including international service to London and Toronto. Terminal 2, formerly Terminal C, at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, is open after a $570-million expansion.
Outside, a massive, abstract sculpture of steel airplane wings and a swirling elliptical band of blue light provides a dramatic welcome to the metro area. The sculpture celebrates the state's rich aviation heritage and the 100th anniversary of powered flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC. Artwork throughout the airport reflects the theme "Mind-made, Hand-made" and showcases the talents and craftsmanship of local artists, including North Carolina's Native American Indians.
Travelers are free to explore the Shops of RDU Landing, which feature casual restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, local retailers and national chains such as Brooks Brothers. Airport parking facilities include nearly 10,000 spaces in the Daily Lot and over 1,000 spaces in the Hourly Lot. Both lots charge $1 per hour with a maximum $10 charge for the Daily Lot.
Airline carriers serving the Raleigh-Durham International Airport
- AirTran Airways
- Continental Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- ExpressJet Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Northwest Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- U.S. Airways
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- Midwest Connect
- United Airlines
Raleigh, NC Train Information
Raleigh Amtrak Station
Raleigh's Amtrak station is the second busiest in the southeast, servicing three trains: the Silver Star, Carolinian and Piedmont. The Silver Star runs on the Silver Service/Palmetto lines, which include stops between New York City, Georgia and Florida. The Carolinian travels daily between New York and Charlotte, with stops in Richmond, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, while the Piedmont runs daily between Raleigh and Charlotte.
Raleigh, NC Public Transportation
Capital Area Transit (CAT)
Capital Area Transit, a division of the Triangle Transit Authority, provides service throughout the city of Raleigh.
Capital Area Transit operates 37 bus routes, 26 of which are fixed routes serving downtown. Hours and schedules vary based on route. Fare is $1 for adults and $0.50 for seniors and people with disabilities. Day, weekly, 10-ride, 11-ride and 31-day passes are available.
The city of Raleigh operates two trolley services using replicas of streetcars that traveled Raleigh's streets until 1932. The Showtime Trolley runsThursday through Saturday every 15 to 20 minutes from 5:30 to 11:30 PM. Fare is free.
The Historic Raleigh Trolley Tour operates Saturday, March to December, from 11 AM to 3 PM. This narrated tour lasts one hour and departs from Mordecai Historic Park on the hour. Tickets are $6 for children ages 7-17 and $8 for adults. Tickets for children ages 6 and under are free.
Public Shuttle Service
The Triangle Area Authority provides shuttle service between Raleigh and the airport. One-way fare is $2 for adults. A Regional Day Pass, good for travel on all public transportation systems in the Triangle area, is $4.
Eight major airport rental car companies, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty, are centrally located at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, a short shuttle bus ride from the terminals. Shuttles run every 15 minutes and stop at the curb near the baggage claim area of each terminal. Thrifty Rental Car's facility is located off airport premises and offers shuttle service for customers.
RDU Airport Taxi provides service to and from the airport. The typical taxi fare for the 14-mile trip to downtown Raleigh averages $29.80. The fare is based on a $2.50 initial fee, $4.45 for the first mile, $1.95 for each additional mile, and $0 .65 for each additional one-third of a mile. There is a $0.50 charge for each piece of luggage over three pieces per person and an additional $1 gas fuel surcharge per trip.