Transportation: Getting to Raleigh

How to get to Raleigh

Interstate highways and transportation systems make getting to Raleigh easy with such a wide variety of choices. You can come by plane, train, or automobile. In fact, more than half of the United States population lives within a day’s drive or an hour’s flight from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Located centrally on the East Coast, Raleigh is halfway between Florida and New York City making transportation easy from the major population centers. The location is also convenient for side trips to the beautiful beaches of Wilmington and the Outer Banks to the east, the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, or the “Home of American Golf” to the south in Pinehurst.

The information listed below will help you find your way to Raleigh and TWS 2016!

Travel by Air

RDU International Airport, consistently ranked among the most efficient airports in North America, serves Raleigh and the Research Triangle Region of NC. RDU is located along the western edge of Wake County, nearest to Morrisville, The Research Triangle Park and Cary; it is midway between downtown Raleigh and downtown Durham. The recently and thoroughly modernized airport also provides the latest technology, dining, shopping, and services to make your travel experience more convenient and enjoyable.

RDU’s two main terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) currently offer more than 400 daily arrivals and departures on eight major airlines and low-cost carriers, with 40 other airports connected by non-stop daily flights. Once here, arriving passengers find a variety of ground transportation options, ranging from taxis and rental cars to shuttle buses and other transportation services. RDU also offers connections to local bus and train stations.

Travel by Automobile

Raleigh, N.C., has numerous choices for getting around by car. Whether you need a rental car for your entire stay, need a quick taxicab ride or want to travel in style to your big event in a limo or luxury vehicle, take your pick! Taxicab meter rates in Raleigh are $4.20 for the first mile and 25¢ for each additional 1/10-mile. The average taxicab trip between RDU International Airport and downtown Raleigh costs approximately $35.

The Raleigh Convention Center, Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, and Raleigh Marriott City Center are all located together in the 400 and 500 blocks of Fayetteville and Salisbury Streets in Downtown Raleigh. For driving directions, see

Or, if you’d rather not hassle with a rental car or taxi, you might want to try Go Triangle, the Triangle’s (Raleigh area, Durham and Chapel Hill) intercity bus system, or a regional Greyhound bus if you’re coming from a little farther away. Once you’re in downtown Raleigh, you should check out the R-Line, Raleigh’s free circulator service featuring hybrid electric buses running every 15 minutes that will connect you to anything in downtown Raleigh.

Travel by Train

The NC Amtrack station is located only 3 blocks from the Convention Center. Train routes stopping in Raleigh and Cary include:

  • The Carolinian, which travels from Charlotte to Cary to Raleigh to New York.
  • The Piedmont, which travels from Charlotte to Cary to Raleigh.
  • The Silver Star, which travels from Florida to Raleigh to New York.

Reservations required. Purchase tickets at the station, by phone, or via the Internet at