Amtrak Carolinian Schedule
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The Amtrak Carolinian: A new passenger’s guide

The Amtrak Carolinian is a daily train between Charlotte, NC, and New York, NY, with several intermediate stops, including Richmond and Raleigh. The train travels 705 miles from end to end, taking around 13.5 hours.

A quick look at the Amtrak Carolinian

The Amtrak Carolinian at the Raleigh station.
The Amtrak Carolinian at the Raleigh station. (courtesy of
  • Accommodations on this train
  • Free Amtrak Wi-Fi
  • Food on the train
    • There is a car cafe car open to all.
    • You can bring food and drink on the train,
  • Reminder: there is no smoking or vaping on any Amtrak train.
  • You can check bags between select stations or carry on your luggage.
  • Get the Carolinian schedule.

Amtrak Carolinian train host

This train has a volunteer host to help you along your journey. These hosts volunteer their time to ride the trains to help passengers, promote passenger services, and answer questions about the route, ground transportation, and area attractions.

Seating accommodations

The Amtrak Carolinian offers two different seating accommodations.

Coach seating

Amtrak's Carolinian at Raleigh Union Station
Amtrak’s Carolinian at Raleigh Union Station

Amtrak coach seating features:

  • Comfortable seats
  • A fold-down tray
  • Individual reading lights,
  • 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets.
  • Every car has two bathrooms
  • Overhead shelves above the luggage seats and a luggage rack.

Business class

Amtrak business class is in a separate car on this train and includes extra legroom, a comfortable seat, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

Business class on this train does allow you to reserve your seat. You are assigned a seat at booking that you can change before boarding.

Additionally, Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points.


Wi-Fi is free and available on this train.

Food and the cafe car

The Cafe car offers:

Amtrak Food
You can bring the food you buy in Amtrak’s Cafe car back to your seat
  • A variety of hot and cold meals
  • Snacks
  • Hot and cold beverages
    • Including adult beverages
  • The cafe is available for all customers for most of the journey.
    • This car may close in Washington, DC, during the engine swap.

You can consume your purchases in the cafe car or return them to your seat.

You may bring food and drink aboard the train, but you cannot consume alcohol on the train you brought aboard.

Due to FDA regulations, you cannot bring food you brought on board into the cafe car.

Amtrak Carolinian add-ons

You can add a few things to this trip for a fee if needed.

Pets and service animals

Amtrak conductor helping passenger
Amtrak conductor assists a passenger in getting to the right car. Photo Courtesy of Amtrak
  • Amtrak allows dogs and cats up to 20 pounds
    • The combined weight of the pet and carrier
  • Trips up to seven hours
    • Pets are not permitted on longer trips.
  • Before booking your fluffy friend, read the Amtrak pet policy
  • Print and fill out the paperwork before leaving your home.
  • Make reservations for your pet before the day of travel.

If you have a service or comfort animal, read Amtrak’s service animal policy before booking to know if your animal qualifies and for booking instructions.


  • You can bring up to 50 lbs.
  • Standard bicycle sizes apply.
  • Maximum tire width: 2″.
  • Bike reservations must be made before your day of travel.

Check the link for details; bike service may not be available at all stations. Before booking, check Amtrak’s rules and policy for bikes.

Luggage: checked and carry on

Here is how you can get your things on the train.

Checked bags on the Carolinian

This train offers a checked bag service,

  • Allows up to two pieces of luggage for free,
  • 50 pounds or less
  • Under 75 linear inches (length x with x height).
  • Your first two bags are free, and up to two more for a fee per additional bag
    • A maximum of four bags can be checked per passenger.

Your first and last station must offer checked bag service to check a bag.

Carry-on luggage on the Carlonian

Each passenger may carry on:

  • One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches, and 
  • Two carry-on pieces of luggage, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each
  • If you transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at some point along your journey, the baggage size for that train is up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each. 

Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage; check out Amtrak’s carry-on bag policy for more information.

Amtrak Carolinian schedule

Before leaving for your tip, verify the times on your etickets in case of last-minute changes. In most cases, the times listed are departure times. Click on the stations to see the services offered at that stop.

Communities ServedMiles80
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7:17a7:25aNew York, NY
Moynihan Train Hall (NYP)
0 8:35p
7:39a7:44aNewark, NJ
Penn Station (NWK)
8:20a8:22aTrenton, NJ (TRE)587:35p
8:54a8:54aPhiladelphia, PA
William H Gray III 30th St. Sta. (PHL)
9:17a9:17aWilmington, DE (WIL)1166:39p
10:07a10:04aBaltimore, MD – Penn Station (BAL)1855:50p
10:46a | 11:08a10:44a | 11:08aWashington, DC
Union Station (WAS)
2264:31p | 5:15p
11:26a11:26aAlexandria, VA (ALX)2344:03p
11:56a11:56aQuantico, VA (QAN)2603:29p
12:19p12:19pFredericksburg, VA (FBG)2803:07p
1:36p1:36pRichmond, VA
Staples Mill Road Station (RVR)
2:13p2:13pPetersburg, VA (PTB)36311:11p
3:46p3:46pRocky Mount, NC (RMT)46111:40a
4:05p4:05pWilson, NC (WLN)47711:18a
4:38p4:38pSelma-Smithfield, NC (SSM)50310:48a
5:30p5:30pRaleigh, NC – Union Station (RGH)53210:13a
5:43p5:43pCary, NC (CYN)5409:47a
6:04p6:04pDurham, NC (DNC)5589:27a
6:41p6:41pBurlington, NC (BNC)5928:46a
7:16p7:16pGreensboro, NC (GRO)6138:24a
7:32p7:32pHigh Point, NC (HPT)6298:02a
8:06p8:06pSalisbury, NC (SAL)6637:28a
8:23p8:23pKannapolis, NC (KAN)6797:10a
8:56p8:56pCharlotte, NC (CLT)7056:45a
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The information for these guides comes from Amtrak, and Amtrak can change times anytime.

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Safe Travels,


Kevin Monteith

Kev Monteith has been traveling on Amtrak since 2012. With over a decade of experience, he has been on over 800 trains, covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist and outings with family.

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