On the Piedmont (Trains 73, 74, 75 & 76)
In the lounge car there is coffee, tea or bottled water. Drink and snack vending machines have been added and offer a larger selection of refreshments at reasonable prices. Travelers are welcome to bring meals with them to eat on board.
Several restaurants in the Charlotte area deliver box meals* to the Amtrak Station for the afternoon Piedmont departure.
- Discovery Place: Boxed meals available. Call Lydia Evans for options and reservations, 704-372-6261 Ext 303. (Note: Not available for delivery, must be picked up at Discovery Place.)
- Bojangles: Box meals are available upon request. Prices and items vary. Call ahead to speak to manager at 704-332-2022.
- Honey Baked Hams: Box meals are available upon request. Delivery charge cost is dependent on size of group. Call ahead to speak to manager at 704-503-4637.
- Pizza Hut: Personal Pan Pizzas, call ahead to speak to manager at 704-597-9300.
* If the school has a federal tax ID exemption number, there is no tax on meals.
On the Carolinian (Trains 79 & 80)
The cafe car menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, small pizzas, chips, cookies, drinks, etc. The cafe car has one microwave and usually eight four-seat tables to serve the entire train. Each coach seat has a pull-down tray for those who prefer to eat at their seats.
Groups of 15-20 can be accommodated in the cafe car on the train.
Groups of 20 or more: bring a bag lunch and beverage to be eaten on the train between Durham and Raleigh. Eating onboard the train leaves more time in Raleigh for activities; approximately five hours.
There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the Raleigh station. For larger groups, the Lighthouse Cafeteria in the CP&L building (four blocks from the station) and Big Ed's at the City Market (six blocks) are available.
On your return trip:
Several restaurants in the Raleigh area deliver box meals to the Amtrak Station by 4 pm for the afternoon Carolinian departure.
- Bojangles: Box meals are available upon request. Prices and items vary. Call ahead to 919-859-1131.
- Chick-Fil-A: Box meals are available upon request. Prices and items vary. Call ahead to 919-872-6718.
- Papa Johns: Box meals are available upon request. Prices and items vary. Call ahead to 919-834-7272.
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