The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport, located northwest of downtown Raleigh, at a distance of 20 miles from the city’s center.
The bus service, throughout Raleigh, is provided by CAT (Capital Area Transit), which operates 38 fixed bus routes and a historic trolley line, within the city. The intercity service is provided by TTA (Triangle Transit Authority), which connects Raleigh with Chapel Hill, and Durham, also serving Morrisville, RDU Airport, Cary and Research Triangle Park. The city is also served by Carolina Trailways/Greyhound Bus Lines.
Raleigh is linked to 56 other cities, by Amtrak, with the Silver Star, providing daily service to several cities, including New York, Washington and Miami, as well as many communities in between, additional north/south service on the Silver Palm and the Silver Meteor, being available through Rocky Mount, one hour from Raleigh, by car. Morning and afternoon service, between Raleigh, Greensboro, Rocky Mount, and Charlotte is offered by the Carolinian and the Piedmont.
Major Highways and Roads
I-40 – runs through the southern part of the city; connects the city with Chapel Hill and Durham (west), as well as with Wilmington, NC (southeast).
I-440 – locally called Raleigh Beltline - makes a loop around the central part of the city.
US Route 1 – enters Raleigh from the north; intersects with I-440 around the west side of Raleigh.
US Route 64 – it is the main east-west route through the city.
US Route 70 – travels roughly northwest-southeast through Raleigh, following Glenwood Avenue into Durham north of downtown and South Saunders and South Wilmington Streets into Garner, south of the city.
Other major highways and roads, in Raleigh, are: US Route 264, US Route 401, NC Route 54, NC Route 50 and NC Route 98.
Easy! Just follow the driving directions listed below!
From Raleigh-Durham International Airport: Head northeast on Aviation Pkwy., toward Lumley Road, and turn right at Lumley Road. Make a slight right to merge onto US-70 E/Glenwood Avenue, toward Raleigh, and take the ramp onto I-440 S. Exit onto Western Blvd., toward NC State Univ/Downtown and turn right at Varsity Drive. Turn right at Capability Drive, and make a right turn again, in order to stay on Capability Drive, which turns left and becomes Campus Shore Drive. NCSU will be on the left.