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Carolinian / Piedmont

New York - Raleigh - Charlotte
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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.

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi® is available on both Piedmont and Carolinian trains.

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
  • Access to premium digital newspapers
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.

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Pets on Trains

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.

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Schedule (PDF )
  • Effective January 11, 2016
  • Frequency
    Daily
    Length of Trip
    13 hours 30 minutes
    Amenities
    Cafe Car Checked Baggage Service Wi-Fi
    Accommodations
    Amenities & accommodations vary by train.
    73, 74, 75, 76, 79, 80
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