Don't wait until you arrive at your destination for the fun to begin! The Piedmont and Carolinian provide a fun and easy way to go on school field trips or group outings. Move around freely and avoid traffic delays as you sit back, relax and enjoy the trip.
The Piedmont is perfect for groups who want to make a day trip to Greensboro, Salisbury, Kannapolis or Charlotte from eastern North Carolina or the Triangle area. It also is a great way to take a short, one-way trip. See Quick Trips for ideas.
The Carolinian is perfect for groups who want to make a day trip to Durham,Greensboro, Raleigh, Selma or Rocky Mount from the Charlotte and Triad areas.
For ground transportation suggestions, see our Contact Numbers
Use these helpful hints in planning your trip:
- Make reservations early to receive lower fares and increase the chances of your group being able to sit together.
- Choose several possible dates when making reservations and cost compare between days. (Better fares may be available on lighter travel days.)
- Travel earlier in the week the trains are usually more crowded on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so seats may be limited.
- Travel in smaller groups to increase your chances for better fares and seating groups together. We suggest 60 or less on the Piedmont (trains 73, 74, 75, 76) and 70 or less on the Carolinian (trains 79, 80).
- Ask for best available rates. Amtrak Group rates entitles one person to travel free for every 20 people.
- On travel day arrive early. Groups should be at the boarding station at least 40 minutes before train departure time. Check in immediately with the ticket agent upon arrival at the station. The conductor will provide special boarding and seating for your group.
- Bring only what you can carry. Backpacks, jackets, supplies, etc. can not be left on board the train, nor at the station. Limited space and new security restrictions make it imperative that groups keep up with all of their belongings. Be sure to tell members of the group that they will need to carry what they bring with them.