International students love to travel while they are in the U.S. There are many ways to get around Raleigh and see more of the U.S. while traveling on weekends and holidays.
The NC State University Transporation Website has a variety of maps to help you find your way around whether is it by foot, bicycle, or bus.
Raleigh has an extensive system of bicycle paths (referred to as the “greenway,” and is in the process of expanding and improving its bicycle path system. Bikes are available to rent through the university. Used bicycles can be found at craigslist.org. New bicycles can also be purchased (as low as US $100) through “superstores” such as Kmart, Walmart, and Target.
- Wolfline: To get around the NC State campus, the Wolfline bus provides free service every day that classes are in session. You can also track the buses online, so that you do not have to wait outside in bad weather.
- CAT: For travel within the Raleigh area, the CAT (Capital Area Transit) bus system is free with a GoPass and relatively easy to use. Routes include Crabtree Valley Mall, NC Museum of Art, Ridgewood Shopping Center, and downtown Raleigh.
- Triangle Transit: For travel within the Triangle Area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) the Triangle Transit is also free with a GoPass*.
*GoPass is a free card available to all current NC State students. Pick up your free GoPass by showing your NC State student ID at the NCSU Transportation Office located at 2721 Sullivan Dr.
Uber, Lyft and Taxis
- Taxis are a relatively inexpensive way to get around Raleigh, especially if with a group. Taxis from campus to downtown should be no more than $10, which is reasonable for a group of 3-4 people. Taxis to areas outside the downtown area may cost $20-30, depending on the distance, and service to the airport will cost no more than $50.
Traveling outside Raleigh
- Car Rental: Renting a car for a weekend or holiday trip can be an affordable option if you are traveling with a few friends. Some rental agencies in the U.S. will not rent to drivers under 21 years of age and many will not rent to drivers under 25. Others may charge a supplemental fee for drivers under 25. Agencies will normally require a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) as security. Nationwide companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.
- Train: The train can be another affordable option for travel in the U.S. The Amtrak train station in Raleigh is located at 320 W. Cabarrus Street in downtown Raleigh.
- Bus: Megabus is an affordable option to travel to some US cities like DC and Atlanta. The closest megabus station is in Durham.