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Raleigh skyline, North Carolina

Courtesy of GRCVB/visitRaleigh.com

Raleigh is North Carolina's capital city and a beautiful destination for travelers year-round.

Transportation: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is centrally located between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill—a geographic area known as the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The airport itself is 10 miles southeast of Durham, 10 miles northwest of Raleigh, 17 miles east of Chapel Hill and 7 miles from Research Triangle Park, one of the oldest and largest high-technology research and development centers in North America. Eight rental car agencies are just a shuttle bus ride away from the airport terminals. Hop aboard a shuttle near the baggage claim areas where they stop approximately every 15 minutes on each terminal curb. Look for the green bus shelters marked “Rental Car.”

RDU Airport Taxi provides taxi service to and from the airport, available from Terminal One on the curb near Southwest Airlines and from Terminal Two on the lower level curb. Expect to spend around $30 in cab fare to reach either Raleigh or Durham (about 20-minute drives each) and close to $40 for a ride to Chapel Hill (half an hour away). To schedule a taxi, call 919-840-7277 or make a reservation online.

Triangle Transit provides public bus service to downtown Raleigh (about a 40-minute ride on routes 100 and 105) and to the Regional Transit Center, which also offers connections to Durham. Catch the bus at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and hourly on Saturdays between 7:10 a.m. and 7:10 p.m. Fares are $2 per trip. Call 919-485-7433 for more information.

Shared ride vans, limousine and shuttle services are also available for RDU passengers. Check out the full listing of alternate transportation options here.

Free in-city shuttle services are also available in Raleigh and Durham. The R Line in Raleigh travels throughout the downtown area, and the Bull City Connector in Durham travels through Duke University and down West Main Street.

Departments of Tourism Information:
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Between the Raleigh Marriott City Center and Raleigh Convention Center
500 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
101 E. Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
501 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Geography & Climate: Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are located on the eastern edge of North Carolina’s Piedmont region, characterized by hardwood and evergreen forests, gently sloping hills and a humid, subtropical climate. Expect especially hot summers and mild winters in this part of North Carolina—temperatures often soar above 86 degrees Fahrenheit in June, July and August and average around 52 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.

Time Zone: Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are located in the Eastern Standard Time zone.

Safety: Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill welcome millions of tourists every year and are generally safe and visitor-friendly destinations. However, visitors are encouraged to take normal safety precautions while staying in the area. In case of emergency, dial 911.

Selected Area Hospital Locations:
Rex Hospital Main Campus
4420 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC, 27607

Durham Regional Hospital 
3643 North Roxboro Road
Durham, N.C. 27704

North Carolina Memorial Hospital
101 Manning Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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Ronald Rogers
Thanks for the information. I will be visiting Raleigh next month and your information has been very helpful
4/2/2013 5:10:48 PM

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