Amtrak’s Carolinian route travels between New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina with stops in major cities including Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. The complete trip time is about 13.5 hours with amenities including business class seating, WiFi and bicycle storage at select stations — be sure to make reservations for your bike in advance.

Things to Know

  • Business class seating is an option on this train.
  • There is a cafe for snacks and light meals, but no dining car, so you might want to bring food on board.
  • The Crescent train also travels between Charlotte and New York City, and is about one hour faster.
  • The Piedmont train stops at the same stations as the Carolinian between Charlotte and Raleigh.
  • You can’t check bags at all stations. However, you can bring your luggage on board at any stop, and you’ll always want to keep basic essentials with you on the train like any medications, blankets/sweatshirt/sweater, cleaning wipes,  hand sanitizer, food, electronics and  potentially a toothbrush/toothpaste and change of clothes.


You can view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. If you know your start and end stations, you can also use the Amtrak website to create a custom timetable.

Schedule highlights:

  • Raleigh-Durham trip time is about 30 minutes
  • Charlotte-Raleigh trip time is about 3.5 hours
  • The train departs Charlotte at 6:45 a.m. and arrives in New York City around 8:30 p.m.
  • The train departs NYC around 7:30 a.m. and arrives in Charlotte around 9 p.m.

Major Stops

  • New York City
  • Newark
  • Philadelphia
  • Baltimore
  • Washington D.C.
  • Richmond
  • Raleigh
  • Charlotte



  • Manhattan
  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Rutgers University
  • Rutgers Geology Museum
  • Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Delaware History Museum
  • Delaware Children’s Museum
  • The Delaware Contemporary Art Gallery
  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • Washington D.C. museums
  • Old Town Alexandria
  • James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
  • Fredericksburg City Dock Park
  • Edgar Allen Poe Museum
  • Virginia Holocaust Museum
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • Imagination Station Science & History Museum
  • Downtown Raleigh
  • CAM Raleigh
  • Red Hat Amphitheater
  • Raleigh Convention Center
  • Boylan Bridge (view of Raleigh skyline)
  • Page-Walker Arts and History Center
  • Durham Convention Center
  • Museum of Durham History
  • Downtown Greensboro
  • International Civil Rights Center & Museum

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