Two airports serve Charlotte city in North Carolina; Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT) and Concord Regional Airport (USA). Charlotte Douglas Airport is the primary airport serving Charlotte city, in North Carolina. The airport handles domestic and international flights to over 160 destinations. Concord Regional Airport is a secondary airport also serving Charlotte, it serves as the hub for Allegiant Air which offers domestic flights across the country. We summarize all the information you need to know about the airports, to make your next trip easy.
Charlotte Douglas Airport(CLT)
Concord Regional Airport (USA)
Getting To The Airports From The City Centre
|Distance from City Centre||7.1 miles(11.5 kilometres)||15 miles(24.3 kilometres)|
|Public Transport Operating Hours||24-hours||24-hours|
|Taxi to Tram Line||N/A||
Taxi to Tram line 501 every 40 minutes.
Charlotte Area Transit System line 5 runs every 30 minutes.
On demand from $100-$140,
|On demand from $16-$180,
Journey time: 20 min.
Around $40 - $50,
Available on demand $10-$14
Available on demand $17-$22
Available on demand $12-$15
Available on demand $20-$25
Which Airport Is Most Suitable For Me?
|How Close to City Centre||
Charlotte Douglas Airport is not too far from the city centre at 11.5 km, it is linked to other parts of the Charlotte by shuttles, buses, private transfers, taxis, and car hire services and more.
It takes 10 min by shuttles, 22 min by bus and 15 min by taxi, to get to central Charlotte.
Concord Regional Airport is farther from the city centre at 24.3 km and also connected to different parts of Charlotte by taxi, tram, private transfer, and car hire services.
It takes 20 minutes to get to the city centre in Charlotte using a taxi and 40 minutes when you combine taxi and tram rides.
Charlotte Douglas airport is a very expensive airport in terms of flight fares. Public transport fares are cheaper than at Concord Regional airport.
Based on hotel prices and car rental services, both airports are comparable as there is not much difference.
Use this airport is you get a good flight deal.
Concord Regional Airport is the secondary to Charlotte Douglas airport. It handles mostly domestic flights and is famous for its proximity to the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
This is a better choice to save money on flight fares but transportation is high.
Avg Security & Immigration Delays: Average
Avg Security & Immigration Delays: Low
Flight Fares From 02-01-2019 searched on 07-12-2018
|Flight Fares||Toronto $267, London $1,059, New York $137, Frankfurt $1,676, Havana $1,250, Munich $1,011.||Fort Lauderdale $156, Orlando/Sanford $123,Punta Gorda FL $131, New Orleans $258, St. Petersburg/Clearwater $108.|
Hotel Prices Per Day From (01-01-2018 to 02-01-2018) Searched on 07-12-2018
Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Airport North (3-star) - $116,
Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte Airport (2.5-star) - $138,
Holiday Inn Charlotte Airport (3-Star) - $101.
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte-Concord (3-Star)- $100,
Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Speedway/Concord (2.5-star) - $100,
Sleep Inn & Suites at Concord Mills (2.5-Star) - $81.
Car Hire Prices Per day (01-01-2018 to 02-01-2018) Searched on 07-12-2018
Economy Cars: (Kia Rio, Mitsubishi Mirage, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris, Mazda 2) $74.12-$129.60
Intermediate Cars: (Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Vw Jetta, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Sonata) $74.91-$129.60
Luxury Cars: (Cadillac Cts, Audi A8, Chrysler 300) $192.95-$260.35
Economy: (Ford Fiesta)$58.69-$63.33
Intermediate : (Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze,Buick Verano, Ford Fusion,Buick Verano) $83.45-$68.27
Luxury: (Ford Taurus,Lincoln MKZ)$97.00-$119.82
|Car Hire Companies||Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, and National.||Avis and Budget.|
|Online car hire|
|Shopping and Dining||Baggallini, Best Buy Express, Brighton, Brooks Brothers, Brookstone, Charlotte News, Charlotte's Landing, CNBC Express, Dylan's Candy Bar, Executive Shoeshine, The Eyes Have It, Heritage Booksellers, InMotion Entertainment, Johnston & Murphy, Kiehl's, M•A•C, Minute Suites, No Boundaries, On the Square Gift & News, Pandora, Queen City Gifts & News, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, The Scoreboard, Shades of Time, TRG Duty Free, Tumi, XpresSpa, 1897 Market, A Taste of Carolina, Auntie Anne's, Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, Beaudevin, Bojangles', Brioche Dorée, Brookwood Farms BBQ, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Captain Jack's Tavern, Carolina Beer Co., Chalice Café, Charlotte Bistro, Chick-fil-A, Whisky River,
Phillips Famous Seafood, Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Express, and many more.
|There are a few variety of restaurants and shops located in the airport terminal including vending machines offering soda, water, and snacks.|
|Lounges||Minute Suites, USO Lounge, and American Airlines Admirals Club.||N/A|
|Wi-Fi Services||Free WiFi available.||Free Wi-Fi available.|
|Transfer in and Around The Airport||The airport has one Main Terminal with 6 Concourses: A, A North, B, C, D and E. It is linked together and can be covered on foot easily.||Concord Regional Airport has a single modern terminal building which handling domestic flights.|
|Currency Exchange & ATM cash Points||Travelex Currency Exchange offers business services, Western Union and more at the airport. Also, there are ATM machines situated in the airport terminal.||ATM cash points are located inside the arrivals area.|
|Important phone numbers||CLTAirport: +1 704-359-4013, Lost & Found: +1 704-359-8765.||USAAirport: +1 716-297-4494.|
|Major Operating Airlines||
Air Canada Express, American Airlines, American Eagle, Contour Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, Ultimate Air Shuttle, United Airlines, United Express, and Volaris.
|Major Connecting Destinations||
New York, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Mexico, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Canada, Bahamas, Germany, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Italy, Spain, France, Costa Rica and many more.
Fort Lauderdale, Punta Gorda, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg, New Orleans and more.
|Tourist Info Centres||There are information points located in the arrivals area.||Ask the front desk for information concerning tourism.|
There are 2 airports that serve Charlotte; Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT) and Concord Regional Airport (USA). Charlotte Douglas Airport closest to central Charlotte is just 7.1 miles away by road and using the fast Charlotte Area Transit System line 5 will get you into central Charlotte in just 22 minutes and very comfortable for passengers with plenty of luggage or travelling with children. Concord Regional Airport is the furthest from the city centre located 15 miles away, the fastest public transport from the airport to the center takes around 40 minutes and it is very inconvenient for travellers with a lot of luggage.
Compare airport distances and transfer times to the center of Charlotte by public transport below.
Distance to Central Charlotte:
Charlotte Douglas Airport: 7.1 miles / 11.5 km
Concord Regional Airport: 15 miles / 24.3 km
Charlotte Douglas Airport to Central Charlotte Journey Times:
By Private Transfer: 10 minutes
By Bus: 22 minutes
By Taxi: 15 minutes
Concord Regional Airport to Central Charlotte Journey Times:
By Tram (Taxi + Tram line 501): 40 minutes
By Private Transfer: 20 minutes
By Taxi: 20 minutes
Charlotte Douglas airport is the best airport to fly into Charlottein terms of distance to the city centre, it is closer to central Charlotte and all the major attractions within. From the airport, passengers can visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a shrine for stock-car drivers past & present with a museum and theatre in 22 minutes by bus. Charlotte Douglas is served by efficient public transport links by bus which is very fast and convenient for those travelling with a lot of luggage and/or young children. The airport has a single terminal with 6 concourses and handles more crowd than USA airport, this means more queues, crowds and flight delays. It is served byAir Canada Express, American Airlines, American Eagle, Contour Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, and other airlines with flights to many major cities around the world.
USA (Concord Regional airport) is the main domestic hub in Charlotteand is served by Allegiant Air with flights to limited destinations within the country. It isthe furthest from the city center making the journey to Charlottefrom the airport slightly longer, its fast transport service link is not very convenient for travellers with young children or plenty of luggage because of the taxi to tram connection. It is a smaller airport with a single terminal with less crowd, queues and flight delays but its distance makes it suitable for backpackers who have extra time and want to save up on flight deals.
In terms of closeness to central Charlotte, this airport can be considered better than Concord Regional airport because passengers can make the trip to the city centre in 10-22 minutes. Though the closest to central Charlotte, it is served by many airlines and handles more crowd meaning longer queues and more flight delays compared to Concord Regional airport. Charlotte Douglas is better for business travellers who want to get to the city centre on time while Concord is suitable for budget travellers and adventurers.
Both airports are close to the major attractions in Charlotte, but Charlotte Douglas airport is closer to more attractions such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame just 11.1 km away taking 26 minutes using the Charlotte Area Transit System line 5 from the airport. Concord Regional airport is closer to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and SEA Life located 7.3 km from the airport, only taxis travel the route taking just 7 minutes from $15-$19 or $7-$11 by Uber. Other attractions in the city include Carowinds, U.S. National Whitewater Center, Discovery Place Science, Freedom Park, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Carolinas Aviation Museum, Billy Graham Library, McDowell Nature Preserve, Mint Museum Randolph, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and many more.
From Charlotte Douglas Airport by:
Bus (CATS line 5Line 5): $2-$3 – http://charlottenc.gov/cats/Pages/default.aspx Bus runs every 30 minutes between 05:28 – 12:54.
Taxi: $40 - $50 – http://yellowcabofcharlotte.net/Available 24/7.
Uber: $10-$14- https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.
Lyft: $12-$15 - https://www.lyft.com/fare-estimateAvailable on demand.
But Private taxes are cheaper than Airport taxis, here to Book at
From Concord Regional Airport by:
Tram (Taxi + CATS Tram): $25-$29 –http://charlottenc.gov/cats/Pages/default.aspx Tram runs every 40 minutes between 06:38 - 01:23
Taxi: $40-$55 – http://yellowcabofcharlotte.net/Available 24/7.
Uber:$17-$22 - https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand.
Lyft:$20-$25 - https://www.lyft.com/fare-estimateAvailable on demand.
But Private taxes are cheaper than Airport taxis, here to Book at
Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Charlotte Douglas Airport Hotels: From $101 per night .
Concord Regional Airport Hotels: From $81 per night
All of the airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.
Charlotte Douglas Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at $74.12 per day
Compact Cars (Ford Focus, VW Golf, etc) Prices starting at $74.91 per day
Luxury Cars (Cadillac Cts, Audi A8, etc): Prices starting at $192.9.
Compare prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com
Concord Regional Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices starting at $58.69 per day
Compact Cars (Ford Focus, VW Golf, etc) Prices starting at $83.45per day
Luxury Cars (Cadillac Cts, Audi A8, etc): Prices starting at $97.00.
Compare prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com
Charlotte Douglas Airport(CLT) is the main airport serving Charlotte city in North Carolina. Many airlines serve this airport with domestic and international flights to major cities across the world.
Charlotte Douglas Airport is a single modern terminal airport and it handles both regional and international flights.
Charlotte Douglas Airport is 11.5 km to central Charlotte while Concord Regional airport is 24.3 km. This makes Charlotte Douglas airport the closest to the city centre and it is a 10-15 minutes from the airport.
At CLT, Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Airport North (3-star), Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte Airport (2.5-star), and Holiday Inn Charlotte Airport (3-Star). At USA, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte-Concord (3-Star), Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Speedway/Concord (2.5-star), and Sleep Inn & Suites at Conco.
As a traveller/tourist these are some of the must see places around Charlotte airports such as NASCAR Hall of Fame, Freedom Park, Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, The Mint Museum, Tour de Food, Discovery Place, Charlotte, NC, Feast Food Tours, ImaginOn, Charlotte, North Carolina, Carolinas Aviation Museum, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts, Charlotte NC Tours, Tin Kitchen Food Trucks, The Charlotte Museum of History, Levine Museum of the New South, RuRu's Tacos & Tequila, Dana Rader Golf School, Charlotte, North Carolina, Chef Alyssa's Kitchen, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Sharon Square, Legion Brewing Company, Latin American Contemporary Art Projects, Hendrick Motorsports, Lake Norman, and many more.