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Airport Closest to the Raleigh Convention Center
The Raleigh–Durham (RDU) International Airport is the main airport serving Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding Research Triangle region of North Carolina. It is 20 minutes northwest of the Raleigh Convention Center
Transportation to the Convention Center
Ground transportation to and from the airport is provided by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport Taxi Service, GoTriangle and local limousine and shuttle companies. Many hotels also offer shuttle service to and from the airport.
Public Transportation The R-Line, Downtown Raleigh’s free circulating bus route, has a stop in front of the Raleigh Convention Center’s main entrance on South Salisbury Street. The R-LINE runs seven days a week, with each stop being serviced every 15-20 minutes. Its hours of operations are: Monday - Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM Thursday - Saturday: 7:00 - 2:15 AM, Sunday: 1:00 - 8:00 PM.
The regional bus system, GoTriangle, offers service throughout the Greater Raleigh and Triangle area. Stops are located throughout Downtown Raleigh and can take visitors to neighboring such as Cary, Morrisville, Research Triangle Park, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
GoTriangle's Route 100 bus picks up and drops off at the airport from Downtown Raleigh's GoRaleigh Station every 30 minutes through 6:30 PM and then hourly through the evening. The GoRaleigh Station is a convenient 3 1/2 blocks from the Raleigh Convention Center.
Taxi Taxi dispatchers are located outside the terminals at Raleigh Durham International Airport. The Terminal 1 Taxi Dispatch Booth is located outside Bag Claim 3. At Terminal 2, the booth is located on the lower level outside Bag Claim 1.
You may also schedule a taxi reservation to RDU Airport by contacting RDU Taxi, Inc. at (919) 840-7277. Handicap-accessible vehicles are available upon request. Reservations are not needed when departing from RDU, simply proceed to the Taxi Dispatch Booth, located outside of each terminal.
Driving The Raleigh Convention Center is adjacent to the Red Hat Amphitheater and is located at 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
From Points West: I-40 east to exit 298B South Saunders Street.
From Points East: 64/264 to I-440 east; merge onto I-40 west and exit at 298B South Saunders Street.
From Points South: US-1 north to I-40 east; exit at 298B South Saunders Street.
From Points North: US-1 South into the city - left on Lenoir Street.
Lenoir Street between Salisbury Street and Fayetteville Street
Lenoir Street between Salisbury and McDowell Street
South Street between Salisbury and McDowell Street
Davie Street between McDowell and Dawson Street
Cabarrus Street between McDowell and Dawson Street
Salisbury Street between Cabarrus and Davie Street
Accessible parking spaces are available on the first level of each garage. Visit the convention center's accessibility page for more information.
Please note that the Raleigh Convention Center does not control the parking rates or maintenance of these garages. Listed parking decks are operated by McLaurin Parking. For concerns with a parking facility or more information, contact McLaurin Parking directly.
The Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 38 countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Visit the VWP website for more details.
Travel Approval Required for Visa Waiver Countries
Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries are now required to obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States. This requirement applies to all eligible citizens or nationals traveling under the VWP, ESTA is a web-based system, initially launched in August 2008, which determines the preliminary eligibility of visitors to travel under the VWP prior to boarding a carrier to the United States. It collects the same information as the paper I-94W form that VWP travelers currently fill out en route to the United States. To date, more than 1.2 million ESTA applications have been received, and more that 99.6 percent of applications have been approved, most within seconds. Travelers without an approved ESTA are advised, however, that they may be denied boarding, experience delayed processing, or be denied admission at a U.S. port of entry. Visitors may apply for travel authorization via the ESTA website.