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

  • Route Highlights

    Richmond, Virginia

    Before it was Virginia’s capital, Richmond was the Confederacy’s capital. Learn about this history and more at the American Civil War Museum. Stroll along Monument Avenue and the other tree-lined streets of the historic Fan District to admire lovingly maintained late 19th and early 20th century grand homes.
    Explore the James River Park System by bike, foot, kayak or canoe or admire the masterpieces of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Route Highlights

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Fulfill your need for speed at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Find inspiration at the Billy Graham Library or in the works of Miró, Picasso, Warhol and Ernst at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
    Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the historic Fourth Ward’s grand Victorian homes before dining out amid the city’s booming dining scene that has earned Charlotte a top spot on Zagat’s list of Hottest Food Cities.

Train Stations Served by the Carolinian / Piedmont