The cheapest times to fly from CLT to RDU are

  • January 1st to February 25th
  • August 6th to February 25th (except the weeks of November 19th, December 17th, and December 24th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from CLT to RDU is early November. Prices can be as high as $964 for Thursday flights during late July, or as low as $227 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Raleigh

Flying from Charlotte, NC (CLT) to Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) will usually cost between $249 to $350 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $279. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $469. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $190 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $344 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CLT to RDU flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the CLT to RDU route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

CLT to RDU Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CLT to RDU flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Charlotte. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $1.65, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly to Raleigh, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Charlotte. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $37 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $308. Return trip prices are from the RDU to CLT flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from CLT to RDU can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 13 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from CLT to RDU while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Albert J Ellis Airport (OAJ) in Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune, NC

  • 98 miles (158 km) away from RDU
  • Usually 4.65% less expensive than RDU
  • Nonstop flights available

See CLT to OAJ flights

Destination alternative #2: Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Richmond, VA

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from RDU
  • Usually 0.58% less expensive than RDU
  • Nonstop flights available

See CLT to RIC flights


Flight Hacking CLT to RDU

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from CLT to RDU — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (CLT > LGA > RDU)

  • Price for both tickets: $324
  • Average savings: $20 (5.81%)

See CLT to LGA flights

Hack #2: Baltimore, MD (CLT > BWI > RDU)

  • Price for both tickets: $333
  • Average savings: $11 (3.2%)

See CLT to BWI flights

Hack #3: Cincinnati, OH (CLT > CVG > RDU)

  • Price for both tickets: $340
  • Average savings: $5 (1.31%)

See CLT to CVG flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CLT to RDU? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Kenya Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Southwest, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 130 miles or 209 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CLT to RDU?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CLT to RDU flight is about 1 hour 13 minutes.

How many flights go between Charlotte, NC and Raleigh/Durham, NC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 71 available flights from CLT to RDU.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CLT
Origination airport name Charlotte Douglas International Airport
City Charlotte, NC
Country the United States
Latitude 35.2
Longitude -80.9

Return Airport

Destination code RDU
Destination airport name Raleigh-Durham International Airport
City Raleigh/Durham, NC
Country the United States
Latitude 35.9
Longitude -78.8


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from CLT to RDU tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 31% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 19% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave RDU heading for CLT about 13 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Raleigh/Durham, NC is about 12 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 14 minutes late
  • Republic: 5 minutes early
  • PSA: 3 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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