Carolinian / Piedmont

  • New York
  • Richmond
  • Raleigh
  • Charlotte
13 hours 30 minutes Daily

Discover the traditional Southern charms of a thoroughly modern state. Amtrak offers two routes for travelers who want to explore the many wonders of North Carolina. The Piedmont travels between the vibrant commercial center of Charlotte and the state capital of Raleigh. The Carolinian covers the same route, with service extending up the East Coast to New York City

As one of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina boasts a rich history that is evidenced in sites such as the revolutionary Alamance Battleground in Burlington, and the first U.S. gold mine, outside of Charlotte. But North Carolina has so much more to offer than history. Take the kids to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, featuring a beautifully preserved 37-bay locomotive roundhouse and 100-foot turntable. Or enjoy a cultured evening in Raleigh at the symphony or ballet.

Business Class on the Carolinian

Enjoy an enhanced travel experience in Business Class on the Carolinian and you'll have access to exclusive amenities such as:

  • Fully refundable ticket if canceled prior to departure
  • 25% point bonus for Amtrak Guest Rewards members
  • Dedicated car with service attendant
  • At-seat pillow
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages

Carolinian Trainside Checked Bicycle Service

Don't let your bike sit at home while you have all the fun — take it with you on your next Carolinian train trip and explore North Carolina car-free. This service is only available at select stations and advance reservations are required. See the full details.

North Carolina Volunteer Train Hosts

North Carolina Volunteer Train Hosts serve daily on the Carolinian and Piedmont, assisting passengers and providing information about rail passenger service and points of interest within North Carolina.

Strap on your tar heels and head to North Carolina, the land of race cars and refinement. The Piedmont and Carolinian invite you to explore charming destinations like Richmond, Raleigh and Charlotte, where Civil War history, grand homes, museums and symphonies come together for a brilliant and welcoming blend of Southern hospitality.

“America... it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.” — Thomas Wolfe

Features & Amenities

Carolinian Café Menu

Downloadable menus are updated regularly, but menu items and prices are subject to change and may be different from what is available onboard.

Take your small dog or cat along with you on the train. Before you go, learn more about the types of pets allowed, pet reservations and fares, approved pet carriers and additional details.

See the Complete Pet Program Guidelines