Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)


Raleigh-Durham International Airport is situated midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham and serves about 10 million passengers each year, making it a very accessible and convenient airport to use when travelling to or from North Carolina.

Most flights to Raleigh-Durham International Airport originate from within the United States. However there are some flights to the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. The airport consists of two terminals with loads of shops and restaurants to keep passengers entertained while waiting for flights.


The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) from Durham and 10 miles (16km) from Raleigh.

Getting to the city

Triangle Transit Route 100 provides a public bus service between the airport and its Regional Transit Center, where passengers can connect to bus routes throughout the region, including major areas such as Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and Research Triangle Park. The buses depart at least once an hour from outside both terminals, every day except Sunday, between 6am and 9.40pm. An adult fare costs $2.25.


GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).


Tel: +1 919 840 2123.

Car rental

Car rental companies located at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National. A shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from outside the baggage claim area of both terminals to the car rental offices. Look for green bus shelters marked Rental Car. Thrifty is located off the airport premises and also offers a shuttle service.

Airport Taxis

The official taxi company servicing Raleigh-Durham Airport is RDU Airport Taxis. Fares into Raleigh or Durham cost approximately $30, while a trip to Chapel Hill costs about $38. Extra charges are added for excess baggage.

Transfer between terminals

Free buses run between the two terminals.


Facilities include ATMs, a post box, wifi, restaurants, bars, shops, vending machines, a spa, shoeshine services, smoking areas and tourist information and hotel reservations. Business centres in both terminals offer currency exchange and travel insurance. Facilities for the disabled are good.


Hourly Parking costs about $1 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $24, and Daily Parking costs about $2 per hour, up to a daily maximum of $12. The parking lots are situated within easy walking distance of both terminals. A Park and Ride option is also available for $6 per day, with a shuttle which connects the lots and the terminal building.

Departure Tax





Wifi is available throughout the airport and the first 45 minutes are free.

Business Lounges

The Club offers workstations, luggage storage, meeting rooms, printing and faxing services. Catering is also available. A fee of $24.95 is charged. Another option is the business centre in Terminal 2, which offers photocopying, wire services and even travel insurance.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.