Raleigh: Transportation

Approaching the City

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), located 15 miles from downtown Raleigh, is served by 14 major airlines and 10 regional airlines that offers more than 200 daily departures to 41 nonstop destinations. Recent improvements include renovations, expansions, roadway widening, and a new 6,000-space parking garage. By 2015, when RDU's annual total is projected to be 20 million passengers arriving and departing, some 16,000 garage spaces will be located between the terminals with an additional 10,000 available in surface lots outside the terminal area. Raleigh can be reached by an extensive network of state highways and roads. With one of the largest state-maintained highway systems in the nation, the Triangle area lies at the intersection of three interstate highways: Interstate 40, 85, and 95. Other major highways serving the area include U.S. Highways 1, 64, 70, and 401. Interstate 540 connects I-40 and U.S. 70 and provides easy access to RDU. The Raleigh Beltline, or I-440, is approximately 21 miles long and circles the city. Carolina Trailways and Greyhound Bus Lines provide service to points in the eastern United States, and Amtrak offers rail service from its recently renovated downtown station.

Traveling in the City

Raleigh is a comfortable city to get around in. The main thoroughfares give easy access to the heart of the city from any direction. Local bus service is provided by Capital Area Transit and the Raleigh Trolley.