Raleigh-Durham International Airport Guide (RDU)

Airport info
Code: RDU
2400 John Brantley Boulevard, RDU Airport, Morrisville, NC 27560, United States

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is situated at Morrisville, 20km (13 miles) southeast of Durham and 20km (13 miles) northwest of Raleigh./p>

No. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +1
+1 919 840 2123
Raleigh-Durham International Airport map

Midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham in North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the second busiest in the state. Our guide to the airport provides information on how to get there, where to stay and the facilities available inside the terminals.


Information desks (tel: +1 919 840 2123) are located in the baggage reclaim areas of both terminals. Visitor services representatives and volunteers are present throughout the day to answer passenger and visitor questions.

Transfer between terminals

Free buses run between the two terminals and the park-and-ride car parks. A moving walkway links the terminals.

Driving directions

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located at the mid-point between Raleigh and Durham, off Interstate 40, Interstate 540 and Highway 70.

From Durham, take Durham Freeway south and turn onto southbound Interstate 40; then take exit 284B (Airport Boulevard) to the airport.

From Raleigh, take Interstate 40 northwards and depart at exit 285 (Aviation Parkway) for the airport site.

Access from Interstate 540 is available from exit 2.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: Triangle Transit Authority's bus 100 (tel: +1 919 485 7433; www.gotriangle.org) links Raleigh-Durham International Airport with central Raleigh (journey time: at least 45 minutes). Long distance bus services (tel: +1 800 231 2222; www.greyhound.com) operate from Raleigh’s main transit centre.

Taxi: RDU Airport Taxi Service (tel: +1 919 840 7277; www.rdutaxiinc.com) provides pre-bookable services to a number of local destinations. to Raleigh and Durham journey time is about 30 minutes. Taxi booths are available outside both terminals.

Terminal facilities


There is a bureau de change in Terminal 2 and ATMs in both terminals.


Wi-Fi internet access (the first 45 minutes of which is accessible free of charge) is available throughout Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Public telephones are located within the terminal buildings. A ‘post drop’ facility is housed on the ground floor of Terminal 2, and phone charging points are provided in waiting areas.


There are numerous cafés, bars and restaurants in Terminal 2 offering everything from pizza to seafood. A more limited offering is available in Terminal 1.


There is a newsagent, electronics shop and a female fashion accessories outlet in Terminal 1. Terminal 2 offers duty-free shopping for international passengers as well as numerous specialized outlets, from clothing retailers and a golf accessories store to bookshops and a pharmacy.


A lost property service is run by the RDU Police office (tel: +1 919 840 7553). Luggage trolleys are available to hire for a fee.


Other facilities at Raleigh-Durham International Airport include an express spa, shoeshine booths and family toilets with infant changing facilities.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

Business services (including conference room hire) can be arranged through the airport's guest services (tel: +1 919 840 2123). Two airline lounges are available in Terminal 2; these are run by American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

Extensive meeting and events facilities can be found at the nearby Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Centre (tel: +1 919 941 5050; www.sheratonrtp.com).

Disabled facilities

All toilets, car parks and airport shuttles are wheelchair-accessible and there are dedicated spaces in all car parks at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The terminal is fully accessible, with lifts connecting all areas. TDD telephones are available throughout each terminal. Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should inform their airline prior to travel.

Car parking

There are hourly and daily rate car parks between the two terminals. Two economy long-stay park-and-ride car parks are located further away, with courtesy bus services linking to the terminals. A further two park-and-ride areas are used for overflow parking and a free waiting area is provided for drivers meeting arrivals. RDU Parking Department (tel: +1 919 840 2140) offers recorded information on parking.

Car rental

Car hire companies at Raleigh-Durham International Airport include: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty. Shuttle buses transport passengers from outside Arrivals to the pick-up areas.


There are no on-site hotels at Raleigh-Durham International Airport but there are some in close proximity, many of which offer courtesy shuttles to and from the terminals.

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Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Centre

+1 919 941 5050

Among the more luxurious options near Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the 331-room Sheraton offers many facilities expected of a high-end hotel. This includes a choice of dining areas, extensive business facilities, and a range of leisure facilities including jogging trails and tennis courts.

4700 Emperor Boulevard, 27703, Durham, United States

Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham Airport

+1 919 840 8088

2km (1.2 miles) from the airport, the Hilton Garden Inn offers meetings space along with leisure facilities, which include an indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, full-service restaurant and bar. An airport shuttle service is available.

1500 RDU Center Drive, Morrisville, 27560, North Carolina, United States

Courtyard Raleigh-Durham Airport

+1 919 467 9444

This 140-room property offers meeting rooms, a bistro-style restaurant and a fitness centre with an outdoor pool. The hotel is located around 3km (2 miles) from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and a shuttle service operates to the terminals.

2001 Hospitality Court, 27560, Morrisville, United States

Hyatt Place Raleigh-Durham Airport

+1 919 405 2400

This hotel houses a fitness centre and a range of meeting and event facilities. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and the hotel also provides free Wi-Fi access and a shuttle service to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is less than 1km (0.6 miles) away.

200 Airgate Drive, 27560, Morrisville, United States

Comfort Suites Raleigh Durham Airport/RTP

+1 919 314 1200

This Comfort Suites has 125 rooms and operates a free shuttle service to the airport, which is less than 4.8km (3 miles) away. Breakfast and unlimited coffee is included in the room rate and all rooms include a fridge and microwave. Meeting rooms are available to those on business.

5219 Page Road, 27703, Durham, United States

Days Inn Raleigh Airport

+1 919 234 5211

Boasting a 24-hour free shuttle service to the nearby airport, the Days Inn offers guests free continental breakfastand Wi-Fi access. Among the hotel’s facilities are a business centre, fitness centre and outdoor pool.

1000 Airport Boulevard, 27560, Morrisville, United States

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