Amtrak’s Carolinian route travels between New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina. 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

  • There’s a cafe for snacks and sandwiches, but no dining car, so you might want to bring a meal or two onboard
  • 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’ll arrive an hour faster if you take the Crescent train between Charlotte and New York City (assuming no delays)


View the Amtrak timetable for the Carolinian train to plan your trip. You can also view schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • This is not an overnight train
  • Charlotte trains depart at 6:45 a.m.
  • Trains depart from New York City between 7 and 7:30 a.m. (time varies weekeday vs weekend)
  • Trip time between Charlotte and Raleigh is about 3.5 hours and The Piedmont train also travels between these two cities

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