Charlotte Transportation

Amtrak headed to Charlotte

Charlotte Transportation


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) is one of America’s 12 busiest passenger airports. It has a single terminal of 5-concourses. CLT received the prestigious Eagle Award for Best Airport. It features over 125 non-stop flights to North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. CLT’s amenities include WiFi, dozens of restaurants, shops, currency exchange, special needs services. CLT AIRPORT TERMINAL MAP

The Central Business District is less than 10 miles away by the Carolina Airport Express (704-359-9600) bus. It also provides shuttle van service. Car Rentals: Armada, Dollar, Enterprise, Payless and Thrifty are available on premises. Taxis are just outside the baggage claim area.

Train Station

Charlotte’s current Amtrak train station is at 1914 North Tryon Street with daily service provided by these train routes:

Crescent: NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Greensboro-Charlotte-Atlanta-New Orleans
Carolinian/Piedmont: Atlanta-Charlotte-Greensboro-Durham-Raleigh-Richmond-DC

Gateway Station in the central business district at South Graham Street at West Trade Street will replace the current Amtrak station. When it completes in 2018, Gateway Station will host Amtrak, commuter rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, Greyhound, street cars and taxis.

Charlotte-Greensboro-Raleigh-Richmond-Washington corridor already receives Amtrak service. The route is being incrementally upgraded to 110 mph by the end of decade to cut trip time from 8 hours to 5 hours.

Rapid Transit

Charlotte Transit features LYNX Blue light rail, Gold Line streetcar and Bus Rapid Transit lines that meet at Charlotte Transportation Center, adjacent to the convention center, shops and office buildings. LYNX Blue Line runs several miles south to Sound End shopping district and I-485 Beltway. Charlotte Trolley, a vintage trolley line also runs on LYNX Blue Line tracks to the transportation center, for a liesure tour of old Charlotte. CATS METRO RAIL MAP

Long term plans call for Light Rail expansion in several directions from Center City.


Queen City Tour
The authority for touring Black Charlotte. Its been open since 1993. The tour covers 28 sites including Afro-American Cultural Center and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. monument; offered on Saturdays in February, July and August. A range of transportation options and customized tours and reunion shuttle are available. Reservations are required.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9:30a and 1:30p, Sun 1:30p
PHONE: 704-566-0104

Charlotte Historic Trolley Museum
Features photos, exhibits and of course, trolley rides. Manned by volunteers with a great sense of history. Trolley rides are $2 for round trip over age 13; Group rates for 10 or more are $1 round trip. The Historic Trolley: a sixty-plus year old No. 85 trolley that has been beautifully restored to provide a leisurely free Center City Circuit route that you should ride.
DAYS & HOURS: Fri-Sun 10am-6pm
ADDRESS: 2100 South Boulevard
PHONE: 704-375-0850

Charlotte Gold Rush Trolley
DESCRIPTION: A Free tourist-oriented rubber-wheel, vintage trolley that that runs up and down Tryon Street and west along Trade Street in the central business district. It provides fun views and insights as Charlotte blossoms from an old southern town to modern metropolis. It is operated by CATS.
DAYS & HOURS: 7a-6:30p, at 8 and 15 minute frequencies
ADDRESS: Tryon Street and Trade Street


Charlotte Freeway System gets congested at most prominent intersection for I-77 and I-85 Freeways. Otherwise, it moves pretty well day or night. I-485 Beltway recently completed to Charlotte.


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