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.

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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.


  • Raleigh-Durham trip time is about 30 minutes.
  • Charlotte-Raleigh trip time is about 3.5 hours.
  • Raleigh-NYC trip time is about 10.5 hours.
  • Charlotte-NYC trip time is about 14 hours.
  • Trains depart Charlotte early in the morning and arrive in New York City in the evening.
  • Trains departs NYC around early in the morning and arrive in Charlotte at night.

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Popular Stops



  • 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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