Getting Around, Durham Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Durham, North Carolina - NC, USA)

Durham is easily accessible by air, with Raleigh / Durham International Airport situated just 10 miles / 16 km from Durham city center. The airport offers regular flights to many international and domestic destinations, with a range of ground transport options available, providing cheap travel into central Durham. Meanwhile, those arriving by car will find the city easily accessible by road, while Amtrak also operates frequent rail services to the city.

Travel within central Durham can largely be done on foot, although Durham's comprehensive bus transport makes reaching destinations farther afield easy.

Raleigh / Durham International Airport (RDU) / Arriving by Air

Raleigh / Durham International Airport serves the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, with several domestic and international carriers offering flights from most major US airports and some Canadian and European cities. Due to the area's reputation as one of the world's leading scientific research centers, there are regular nonstop flights at Raleigh / Durham Airport to destinations as far away as London (a 10-hour flight). The airport is located just 10 miles / 16 km southeast of Durham and transiting to the city is simple, with shuttle transport and taxi travel available.

Car Rental

All major US car rental transport agencies have offices at Durham and also at Raleigh / Durham International Airport. Choose from Dollar, Budget, Avis, Hertz, National and more. Durham is relatively simple to navigate and the freedom of having your own transportation allows you to travel outside of the city and explore the hinterland areas surrounding the Research Triangle region.

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Buses and Coaches

Greyhound operates coaches to Durham from cities and towns in North Carolina and interstate United States. The Greyhound depot is located at 820 Morgan Street, in downtown Durham. While central Durham is pedestrian-friendly, the extensive and frequent bus transport makes it easy to travel to destinations that are otherwise difficult or time consuming to reach on foot.


Amtrak trains travel daily from Durham and Raleigh, north to New York and New England, and west to Charlotte and beyond. Trains can be booked at 400 West Chapel Hill Street, while regular bus transport links the Amtrak station to destinations around Durham.


Several taxi companies travel throughout the Durham / Research Triangle area, with intra-Triangle rates being quite reasonable. Taxis can either be hailed on the streets of Durham or found at taxi stands, positioned conveniently around the city. Raleigh / Durham International Airport has taxis on standby to greet every arrival.