Raleigh Durham International Airport - RDU

Raleigh/Durham, United States of America (US)

Getting around the airport

Two terminals with three concourses

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located 4.5 miles northeast of the town of Morrisville in Wake County. It serves the “Research Triangle” Metropolitan region of North Carolina.

  • The airport has Terminals 1 (with Concourse A) and 2 (with Concourse C and D). 
  • The ground level of Terminal 1 is ticketing and baggage claim. The concourse level with A Gates has a security checkpoint, ATMs, cafés, and restaurants.
  • The baggage claim level of Terminal 2 has all modes of ground transportation and baggage carousels. The ticketing level has three sections divided by escalators. The security checkpoints leads to the concourse gates.
  • Seats in the terminals are equipped with power outlets.

Transferring between the terminals

Terminals 1 and 2 do not have an airside connection; passengers transferring between the terminals need to take the shuttle bus or the moving walkway through the covered parking decks between the terminals.

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Getting into Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

Taxi, shuttles and bus

Ground transportation providers at Raleigh-Durham International Airport pick up passengers outside baggage claim at Terminal 1 and on the lower level of Terminal 2.


RDU Taxi is the sole licensed taxi service provider for RDU airport. 

Terminal 1, before security, arrivals, outside Bag Claim 3
Terminal 2, before security, arrivals, lower level, outside Bag Claim 1
Durham: USD 27-37 
Chapel Hill: USD 37-45
Raleigh: USD 33-41

Shuttles and Shared-Ride Services 

Several companies offer shared-ride services to and from Raleigh-Durham Airport. 

Location: Terminal 1 and 2, before security, arrivals, outside baggage claim in the brown limo zones


Triangle Transit Route 100 is a local bus route that runs between the airport and the Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center offering connections to other buses that serve Raleigh, Durham, and Cary. The bus runs every 30-60 minutes and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. 

Terminal 1, before security, arrivals, outside baggage claim
Terminal 2, before security, arrivals, lower level, outside baggage claim
Cost: USD 2.25 one-way

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Gaze at Planes and listen to the Tower Radio

RDU Observation Park

Raleigh Airport offers a small observation park for aviation fans. The park offers a little raised platform that gives you a great view over the tarmac. There are also loudspeakers where you can listen to the tower radio for incoming and outgoing planes.

  • RDU Obsevation Park
    Location: landside at the Park-&-Ride area next to the terminal
    Opening hours: 24 hours
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Yoga room


Offers travelers a quiet escape from the hustle-and-bustle of airport travel. Location: terminal 2, ticketting level, next to Travelex. The room is open 24 hours.

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XpressSpa offers a full service airport spa with a luxurious atmosphere. Location: terminal 2, next to gate 10. Hours: 7:00AM-8:00PM Sun-Fri, 9:30AM-6:00PM Sat.

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Car rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

The following car rental agencies are available: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. All companies offer free shuttle from the airport to their service locations.

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Mobile charging

Free of charge

Almost all seats in the terminals are equipped with power outlets. Besides, you may find power outlets in boarding areas.

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Free Wi-Fi

Basic complimentary WiFi access

Raleigh-Durham International Airport offers a basic, complimentary Wi-Fi access provided by Boingo. To connect, simply choose 'RDU Free WiFi' in the list of Wi-Fi networks, launch your web browser and a Wi-Fi welcome page will guide you through. If you would like to access premium or unlimited Wi-Fi, you could alternatively book the Boingo Hourly (USD 4.95/1 hour) or the Boingo Unlimited (USD 4.95/1 month).

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