Raleigh Travel Guide

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Getting Around Raleigh

The best way to get around Raleigh is by car. Although the city does have a free bus system, a car will give travelers the most freedom to explore when and where they want. Taxis also serve both the city and the suburbs.

To get to Raleigh, you can take a car, a bus, a train or a plane. Both Amtrak and Greyhound have small stations in close proximity to downtown Raleigh. The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), which is located 15 miles northwest of downtown.

Car

Having a car will give visitors the most freedom to explore the city and its surroundings. Travelers can rent cars at the Raleigh airport or at various places throughout the city. There are ample parking decks and lots, plus metered parking is available near many of the top things to do. For more specific information on parking, check out Raleigh's tourism bureau.

Bus

Raleigh offers a free electric-hybrid bus called the R-LINE, which makes a circular route downtown around many of the top things to do. It services each of its 20 stops about every 15 minutes, running Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2:15 a.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m.

Taxi

There are dozens of taxi operators in Raleigh, which serve both downtown and the outlying suburbs. Trivia Taxi receives high marks from riders; Taxi Taxi of Raleigh and US Taxi are also well-liked. Taxis are regulated in Raleigh: The base fare is $1.95, and it costs $2.50 a mile. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are also available in Raleigh.

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