Getting to NC State
The Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International Airport is located about 15 miles away from NC State University and the surrounding area. There are several transportation options available from the RDU Airport to NC State University, including public transportation, airport shuttle services, and taxis.
The RDU Airport has a fully staffed information desk located in the baggage claim area of both terminals. Their staff will be happy to assist you with your transportation needs.
Public Transportation from RDU to NC State University
The GoTriangle Raleigh-Airport-RTC #100 bus route can be used for transportation from the RDU Airport directly to NC State’s main campus (Hillsborough St. & Brooks Ave.), where you can then take the free Wolfline buses for transportation to nearby on-campus housing and apartment complexes. A single, one-way trip from RDU to NC State University will cost $2.25. Please Note: Bus fares must be paid in cash/hard currency. More information about bus routes and bus fares can be found on the GoTriangle Trip Planner website. To locate GoTriangle and Wolfline buses in real-time, visit the GoTriangle Transloc website or download the Transloc app.
Airport Shuttle Services
Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) is served by numerous transportation companies who can provide transportation from RDU to the campus area for a fee. Reservations must be made prior to your arrival in Raleigh to guarantee service. RDU approved transportation options can be found on the RDU International Airport ground transportation webpage.
These companies are not associated with NC State and this information is provided solely as a courtesy to new international students. Any use of the services included above constitutes an arrangement directly between a NC State student and their selected transportation company.
Taxis from RDU to NC State University
A taxi from RDU to NC State University and the surrounding area will cost approximately $30-35, depending on where you want to go. Taxi dispatchers are located outside both of the terminals at RDU. The Terminal 1 Taxi Dispatch Booth is located outside Bag Claim 3. At Terminal 2, where most flights will arrive, the booth is located on the lower level outside Bag Claim 1.
Be sure to ask the taxi driver to take you to NC State University, NOT the University of North Carolina. That is a different university in Chapel Hill!
For more information about taxi services and fares, visit the RDU Taxi Services website.
If you arrive before the scheduled arrival date, you will need to make arrangements to stay elsewhere until your housing is available.
Once you have arrived, please make sure to call your family and friends back home to let them know you have arrived safely!