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Getting to Charlotte | Getting Around in Charlotte


Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), which won the 2010 “Best Airport” award, serves more than 34 million passengers annually, with more than 670 daily flights and nonstop service to 138 national and international cities. The airport is a 15-minute drive from downtown/Center City. Taxi service is available curbside on the baggage claim level. Fare from the airport to Center City is ~$25. Hotel courtesy vehicles may also be available. All participating hotels may be contacted through one of four traveler information centers on the baggage claim level. The airport also houses a variety of private shuttle services and car rental agencies that you can search online by clicking on “Visitor Services” and then “Ground Transportation” on the airport website. Passengers have the option to use paperless boarding passes via their mobile devices at ALL of the security checkpoints.  


Highways I-77 and I-85 link Charlotte to hubs across the Northeast, Southwest, and Midwest, and I-40 offers a coast-to-coast link less than an hour north of the city. Visit N.C. Department of Commerce for further information.


Greyhound offers daily service to and from Charlotte along the East Coast and across the Southeast. Major cities include Raleigh, Atlanta, and Richmond. For more information contact Greyhound.


Three Amtrak routes serve Charlotte, “the Queen City,” daily. The Piedmont connects Charlotte and Raleigh; the Carolinian runs to/from New York; and the Crescent travels from New York to New Orleans. More information on schedules is available at the Amtrak website.Light Rail

LYNX Blue Line Light Rail

Seven days a week, 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
US$1.75 each way; children under five ride free; youth grades K-12 ride for .85 cents.
+1-704-336-RIDE; Website
LYNX, serving 15 stations, connects south Charlotte with Center City museums, entertainment, nightlife, sporting events, and more.

Sprinter Bus

Weekdays: every 20 minutes; nights and weekends: every 30 minutes
$1.75 each way; children under five ride free
+1-704-336-RIDE; Website
The new hybrid-electric Sprinter is the go-to green connection from Center City to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, with stops at convenient locations within Center City.

Gold Rush

Mon.–7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free
+1-704-336-RIDE; Website
The Gold Rush trolleys are free to ride and stop at marked bus stops at eight and fifteen minute frequencies. These rubber-wheeled trolleys resemble historic streetcars and provide routes that run up and down Tryon Street and west along Trade Street.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Bus Service

5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily
$1.75 each way; $2.40 each way for Express Routes. Children under five ride free; youth grades K–12 ride for .75 cents
+1-704-336-RIDE; Website
Buy CATS passes online