Raleigh Union Station Now Open

New hub accommodates four daily round-trip passenger trains that will serve more than 160,000 passengers
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Photo courtesy of Leo Suarez

Raleigh’s new transportation hub, Union Station, opened to the public July 10, 2018, and brought with it a new era of transit in the Triangle. Amtrak's new Piedmont train will pick up passengers at the station and take them from central to western North Carolina, providing a scenic tour of the Tarheel state. 

If you decide to take a family train ride to one or more of the Piedmont's stops, here are a few dining options to consider.


Located in the middle of the emerging Warehouse District, there is no shortage of restaurants to indulge in from Raleigh Union Station. While the barbecue classic, The Pit, is the area’s most popular restaurant, the small plates restaurant Humble Pie has been slinging out seasonal driven dishes to locals for well over a decade.

Photo courtesy of Humble Pie


Ranked No. 1 by Amtrak's 2017 customer satisfaction survey, Cary’s train station delivers passengers downtown. Cary has been exhaustively transforming its quaint downtown area into an entertainment destination accommodating bars and eateries. Pizzeria Faulisi is a pleasant six-minute walk from the station. Serving up wood-fire pizza, this popular restaurant combines local Triangle flavors with Italian traditions.

Photo courtesy of eatRaleigh Blog


Getting off the train at Bull City station brings passengers right into the center of Durham's transformed downtown. While there are a wide selection of dining options within walking distance, Mateo Bar de Tapas is among the most acclaimed. Headed by James Beard Foundation Award semi-finalist, Chef Matt Kelly, Mateo’s southern play on Spanish tapas have earned the restaurant local and national accolades.

Photo courtesy of eatRaleigh Blog


Housed in a former North Carolina Railroad engine house, Burlington's train station drops passengers off two short blocks away from downtown. A five-minute stroll down Worth Street takes visitors to beloved Zack’s Hot Dogs, a local joint that has a feverish following thanks to serving dogs the traditional Carolina way for 90 years — with chili, slaw and onions.


Greensboro’s train station, also known as the J. Douglas Gaylon Depot, unloads passengers just two blocks away from the city’s famed Elm Street. Establishments like longtime favorite Liberty Oak and Natty Greens Brewing Company provide plenty of choices, but Crafted stands out with its renditions of famous street food and tacos.

Photo courtesy of Todd Turner Photography

High Point

Housed inside of a building constructed in 1907, High Point's train station is just minutes away from the city's iconic landmark, the World Largest Chest of Drawers. But before taking in this carpentry masterpiece, stop in Penny Path’s Cafe and Crepe Shop, which specializes in sweet and savory flavors of the thin French pastry.

Photo courtesy of Penny Path Cafe


Salisbury’s historic 1908 train station takes passengers to the town’s quaint downtown. Having made headlines with its award winning barbecue, The Smoke Pit doesn't serve up traditional Carolina barbecue. Rather than serving pork, brisket is king at this restaurant just a block away from the train station.

Photo courtesy of The Smoke Pit


While Kannapolis may be a sparse stop on the Piedmont, there are a few gems worth visiting near the station. On the route to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Editions Bookstore and Coffee Shop provides passengers with a much-needed pick-me-up cup of caffeinated bliss after traveling. Editions' combination of North Carolina roasted coffee and used books have won locals over since the shop opened in 2017.

Photo courtesy of Editions Bookstore and Coffee Shop


Though the Queen City has plans to move its train station into a brand new facility in Uptown, the Charlotte train station is tucked away off a busy railroad for now, about mile away from Uptown. Unfortunately, it's not pedestrian friendly either with a lack of food options around the station. However, if you have the gusto for walking a mile or are willing to Uber or hop on a CATS bus, check out NoDa Brewing Company's tap room on Tryon Street (the N. Davidson Street location is currently closed). While the taphouse does not have an onsite kitchen, the brewery does accommodate a TIN Kitchen food truck onsite every day. You can also Uber into Uptown, which is only about 3 miles away and offers a wide variety of dining options. 

Photo courtesy of NoDa Brewing Company

View this video about Raleigh Union Station to learn more.

This article originally appeared on WhereTraveler.com/Raleigh-Durham, also owned by Morris Media Network.


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