To and From the Airport

Raleigh - Durham Intl (RDU):

Location: 24 km/15 Miles NW of Raleigh, 17km/11 Miles SE of Durham.
Airport layout: 2 Terminals 1 & 2. Terminal 1 is a fairly basic terminal and is for Air Tran & Southwest. The Terminal is divided into 2 parts: One for Southwest Airlines, and the other for Air Tran. The 2 parts are connected by a covered corridor. Terminal 2 is for American Airlines, American Eagle, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, United & US Airways. The upper level is for ticketing and departures, the lower vel is for arrivals, baggage claim and ground transport. Transfer between Terminals: You can connect between the Terminals via an underground passage (Terminal 1 end) that goes through the parking garage and emerges at the upper level of Terminal 2. Follow the signs. Takes ~5 mins, 7 mins to Southwest Airlines.

By Taxi:
General: The Terminal 1 taxi dispatch booth is between the 2 parts of the terminal. The Terminal 2 dispatch booth is on the curb on the lower level.
Meter Rates: Trips within the taxi service area of Durham, Wake and Orange counties are by the meter. Fares outside the service area may be charged at the meter rate or negotiated between the customer and driver. Rates: $2.30 for first 1/6th mile or fraction thereof $0.30 for each extra 1/6th mile or fraction thereof, $0.50 for each piece of luggage over 3 pieces per person. $1 taxicab gas fuel surcharge will be added to each trip.
Approximate Costs: To Raleigh ~$38/30 mins, To Durham ~$28, Cary $19 & Chapel Hill $36. RBC Center $24, NC Fairground $24, American Tobacco Complex $28, Raleigh Convention Center $36, Charlotte Airport $311, Camp LeJeune $278, Fort Bragg $120, Cherry Point $286, Morrisville $11, Greensboro $130, Triad Piedmont Greensboro $145 & Wake Forest $48.
Taxi Companies: RDU Airport Taxi Service, Call (919) 840 7277 or see Amigo Taxi Cab (919) 682 6446. Based in Durham. Express Taxi (919) 544 6161. Based in Durham.

By Limo:
Executive Shuttle: has limos that serve this airport. Contact: +1 (252) 670 5555.
ExecuCar: runs limos to and from this airport. Contact: +1 800 410 4444.

By Bus:
Triangle Transit Bus 100 to Raleigh & Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center: Bus Stop Locations: At Terminal 1, the 100 bus stop is between Bus Stop 7 (Rental Car Shuttle) and Bus Stop 8 (Park n Ride Bus stop). Exit the terminal baggage claim and cross the road. Schedules are posted. At Terminal 2, it is on the lower level. Exit baggage claim, cross one road and turn right, next to the hotel buses. The bus stops in the city of Raleigh can be a little tricky to find. They are marked by a small green-bordered metal sign on a pole (usually cluttered with parking restriction signs) saying: BUS STOP CAT, and the route numbers.
Route: Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center - Morrisville Outlet Mall - Airport Terminal 2 - Airport Terminal 1 - District Dr Park & Ride - Blue Ridge Rd - Hillsborough St - Hillsborough/Brooks (NCSU) - Moore Sq Transit Center (Downtown Raleigh). See Map. Buses run from the Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center to many places including Chapel Hill (Bus 54), Raleigh (Bus 700) etc.
Timings: Buses leave the airport (Terminal 1) Mon-Fri at 0639, then every 30 mins until 1039, then every hour until 1539, then every 30 mins until 1839 then every hour until 2239. Buses leave Terminal 2, 2 minutes later. Buses leave the airport (terminal 1) on Saturdays at 0739, then every hour until 1839. No Sunday service. Buses leave Moore Square in downtown Raleigh Mon-Fri at 0605, then every 30 mins until 0935, then every hour until 1535, then every 30 mins until 1735, 1810, 1840, then every hour until 2140. Saturdays every hour 0640-1840. No Sunday Service. For latest Schedules see here.
Travel Time: To Moore Sq (central Raleigh) ~30 mins. Cost: $2 per person over the age of 12. Under 12 free. Pay cash to the driver. Steve's Tip: This is an excellent bus for getting to downtown Raleigh quickly and cheaply.
Hotel Buses: Many local hotels run shuttle buses for guests. These stop at red zone 5 outside baggage claim at Terminal 2, and they also call at Terminal 1.

By Shuttle Van:
Super Shuttle to Raleigh & Durham: Run on-demand shuttles door to door in Raleigh & Durham. Usually a maximum waiting time of 15 minutes. They have a desk in both terminals, but when these are unstaffed, a ticket machine is available. There are usually staff at the desk in Terminal 2. They also run to Wilmington, Jacksonville, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Camp LeJeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Burlington, Greenville, Pinehurst, Charlotte Airport, Smithfield, High Point, Winston Salem & Pembroke. Cost: Charged by zip code. Approx: To Raleigh $25-30, to Durham $20-25. Contact: Tel 1 800 BLUE-VAN (258 3826) or see the desks in each terminal.
Airport Connection: A shuttle van service running to Durham. Contact: Tel (919) 255 8279.

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: ALAMO (919) 840 0132, AVIS (919) 840 4750, Budget (919) 840 4789, Dollar 434 2226, Enterprise (919) 840 9555, HERTZ (919) 840 4875 & National (919) 840 4350 & Thrifty (919) 840 5087. The rental car agencies are a quick shuttle bus ride from the terminals. Each company runs dedicated shuttles every ~15 mins that stop at each terminal curb near the baggage claim areas. Look for the green bus shelters marked 'Rental Car'.

Car Parking:
General: Hourly and Daily parking is within walking distance from the terminals. Park n Ride is connected by a shuttle bus.
Hourly Parking: $1 per hour. Daily Max $24.
Daily Parking: $2 per hour. Daily Max $10.
Park & Ride 3 or 4: $6 per day. These lots are connected to the terminals by a shuttle bus that runs every 20 mins.
Cell Phone Parking: Cell phone parking lots, located within 5 minutes of major airport terminals, are intended to reduce airport congestion. Motorists coming to the airport for arriving passengers can go to one of the cell phone parking lots. Once the arriving party reaches the terminal sidewalk with luggage in hand, he or she makes a call. The waiting motorist can be curbside within minutes to quickly pick up the traveler and be on their way. At this airport, drivers may wait free of charge at the RDU Center parking lot in the Rental Car area or at the Observation Park.

Airport Hotels: None at the airport itself, but the following are not far away: Cambria Suites RDU Airport (919) 361 3311, Country Inn & Suites RDU (919) 544 1010, Embassy Suites (919) 572 2200, Faifield Inn & Suites 1 800 228 2800, Hampton Inn & Suites (919) 484 0500, Hilton Garden Inn (919) 840 8088 & Hyatt Place RDU Airport (919) 405 2400.
Notes: ATMs/Cash machines in both terminals. Luggage Carts/Trollies are available for rent at $3 each.
Airport Tel No: +1 (919) 840 7700.
Updated Aug11. Last Visit May11

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