The cheapest times to fly from RDU to CLT are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • August 6th to March 4th (except the weeks of November 19th, November 26th, 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 RDU to CLT is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $964 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $226 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Charlotte

Flying from Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) to Charlotte, NC (CLT) will usually cost between $250 to $353 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $274. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $546. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $272 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $345 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RDU to CLT flight.

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

RDU to CLT Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RDU to CLT flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Raleigh. 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. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Charlotte, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Raleigh. 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 $309. Return trip prices are from the CLT to RDU 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 RDU to CLT 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 RDU to CLT while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in Greer, SC

  • 75 miles (121 km) away from CLT
  • Usually 28.45% less expensive than CLT
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to GSP flights

Destination alternative #2: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Asheville, NC

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from CLT
  • Usually 20.17% less expensive than CLT
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to AVL flights

Destination alternative #3: Tri Cities Airport (TRI) in Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from CLT
  • Usually 15.38% less expensive than CLT
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to TRI flights

Destination alternative #4: Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) in Columbia, SC

  • 89 miles (143 km) away from CLT
  • Usually 12.48% less expensive than CLT
  • 1-layover flights available

See RDU to CAE flights


Flight Hacking RDU to CLT

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 RDU to CLT — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $324
  • Average savings: $21 (6.1%)

See RDU to LGA flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $332
  • Average savings: $13 (3.63%)

See RDU to BWI flights

Hack #3: Detroit, MI (RDU > DTW > CLT)

  • Price for both tickets: $337
  • Average savings: $8 (2.32%)

See RDU to DTW flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RDU to CLT? 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 Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Raleigh-Durham International Airport?

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

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

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

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 69 available flights from RDU to CLT.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeRDU
Origination airport nameRaleigh-Durham International Airport
CityRaleigh/Durham, NC
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeCLT
Destination airport nameCharlotte Douglas International Airport
CityCharlotte, NC
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from RDU to CLT tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 26% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 18% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave CLT heading for RDU about 11 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Charlotte, NC is about 6 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 11 minutes late
  • Republic: 5 minutes early
  • PSA: 16 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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