Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located approximately 7km away from the city centre in Wake County, North Carolina. Covering both domestic and international realms, non-stop flights are offered by the airport to multiple destinations around the world; including New York, San Francisco, London, Toronto and even the Bahamas seasonally. Originally inaugurated as Raleigh Airport in 1929, increasing passenger and air traffic eventually led to expansions of grounds and upgrades of facilities to its current stature of Raleigh-Durham Airport since 1943. Throughout its history, Raleigh-Durham Airport has also served as home to the bases of prominent carriers such as American Airlines and Midway Airlines. More recently though, the presence of Delta Airlines can be felt at the airport as it is responsible for a significant percentage of direct flights especially within the United States of America. Two main passenger terminals and one cargo terminal currently make up the airport’s grounds. Getting from one terminal to the other is possible either by the airport’s in-house shuttle or via a walkway. Lists of amenities offered by Raleigh-Durham Airport for passengers include vast retail and dining selections, florists, spa and massage services, self-check-in stations, currency exchange and banking services, shoe shining services, and up to 45 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi connection. Exclusive lounges in the second terminal operated by American Airlines, Delta Airlines and U.S. Airways are also available for passengers seeking a moment’s worth of peace away from the bustles of ongoing airport action.
How to get around within Raleigh
From Raleigh-Durham Airport, passengers looking to get into Raleigh may do so via a multitude of transportation options. The most convenient means of getting downtown would be by taking a taxi. At Raleigh-Durham Airport, only the RDU Taxis are allowed to ferry arriving passengers so as to maintain superior standards of service for those landing after a long flight. Taxi ranks can be found outside both terminals, and advanced booking may be made to avoid snaking queues. Within the cities, taxis are found in abundance and will provide a quick solution to those who do not mind the entailing costs.
Bus services are also available for those who are travelling on shoestring budgets. From the airport, catch the Triangle Transit Route 100 which will ferry you off into the heart of Raleigh in just slightly over half an hour. Several bus companies, such as the most notable Triangle Transit, also run through Raleigh regularly during the day, and will get you to where you need to be in the city. Visitors intending to do some regional travelling and sightseeing may consider taking the train.
What to see & do
Known to be the ‘City of Oaks’, Raleigh not only basks in an abundance of nature but also revels in its rich preservation of history. Antiquated architectures, outstanding museums, momentous sites, adrenaline-pumping live performances are but some of Raleigh’s top attractions. Closer to the airport premises, passengers on transit can consider checking out some quick bargains at the Prime Outlet Mall just 1.6km away. However, if you do have ample time to spare, make your way one of the cities museums for a time of enrichment, or come be awed by the majestic Capitol Building which dates all the way back to 1840.
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