Getting Around

While it is possible to walk in Raleigh within certain districts, especially in the central downtown area, a car is highly recommended. Raleigh is a big and spread out city, although navigating the area by car is relatively straightforward. The GoRaleigh, GoCary, R-LINE, and Wolfline bus systems provide riders with an extensive network of local routes. When in need of a taxi, it is best to call ahead for one, as it can be difficult to hail taxis on the street.


Raleigh-Durham International Airport

The airport is situated 14 miles (23km) from Durham and 14 miles (23km) from Raleigh.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)


The airport is situated 14 miles (23km) from Durham and 14 miles (23km) from Raleigh.

Getting to the city

The GoTriangle Route 100 bus provides a public bus service between the airport and its Regional Transit Center, where passengers can connect to bus routes throughout the region. This includes major areas such as Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, and Research Triangle Park. The buses depart at least once an hour from outside both terminals. Other bus services include Amtrak and Greyhound.


GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).

Car rental

Car rental companies located at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and National. A shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from outside the baggage claim area of both terminals to the car rental offices.

Airport Taxis

The official taxi company servicing Raleigh-Durham Airport is RDU Airport Taxis. Extra charges are added for excess baggage.

Transfer between terminals

Free buses run between the two terminals.


Facilities include ATMs, a post box, restaurants, bars, shops, vending machines, a spa, shoeshine services, smoking areas, tourist information, and hotel reservations. Business centres in both terminals offer currency exchange and travel insurance. Facilities for the disabled are good.


There are a number of parking lots available. The Premier lot is $3 and hour, and up to $22 per day. The Economy Lots are also available for $1 an hour, or $7 per day, with a shuttle which connects the lots and the terminal building.