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Layover in Charlotte, North Carolina

| December 9, 2013

Stuck on a Charlotte layover at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CTU)? As the main hub for US Airways, Charlotte is a popular layover destination. The airport is located roughly ten miles from downtown Charlotte, which makes the city a great destination for those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Charlotte layover, click here for useful tips.
Charlotte North Carolina Layover stopover
If you’re stuck in the airport, you can find a number of services to keep you occupied on your layover wait. There are a number of shops and restaurants that you can find listed by each concourse here. There is also an Information Counter and Visitor Center, Banking and ATM’s in the main terminal, business services and conference facilities are available (call 704-359-4013 for more info), Internet service is available through data ports located throughout the airport, Interfaith 24-hour place of worship, and a Post Office in Concourse D.

For the full Layover Guide to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, CLICK HERE!

If you’re looking for a hotel to rest and unwind before your next flight, there’s the Doubletree Hotel Charlotte Airport and the Holiday Inn Charlotte Airport nearby. For more hotel options near the airport, click here.

If you’re planning on leaving the airport to see some sites, you can catch a taxi outside of Baggage Claim. On average, the cost for a taxi ride to the city center is $25.00 plus $1 gas surcharge. For more information on the Charlotte Airport’s taxi prices, click here. In addition, you can find contact information for a number of limousines, shuttle services, and contract vans here and car rental services here.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Charlotte Layover:

Charlotte Tours
If you have a limited amount of time to explore the city, a tour may be the best way to go to see a number of sights. There’s a number to choose from including Charlotte’s Longest Running Daily City Tour, Guided Historic Walking Tours of Uptown Charlotte, Charlotte Trolley Tour and Charlotte Segway and Bike Tours.

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
If you’re looking to stretch your legs in a beautiful locale, the UNC Botanical Gardens may be just the spot. The gardens include a greenhouse complex, a 3-acre Susie Hardwood Garden and a 7-acre Van Landingham Glen – each offering a variety of different plants.

Discovery Place
A great place to take children, the Discovery Place in Charlotte has it all – IMAX Dome Theater, hands-on science museum, Discovery Place Kids (opening Fall 2010) and the Charlotte Nature Museum.

Carolina Raptor Center
This non-profit organization helps rescue a variety of birds and raptors, with over 100 residing permanently at the center. To meet the creatures at the Raptor Center, click here and to read up on the various weekly programs offered, click here.

Carolinas Aviation Museum
If you don’t have enough time to make to Charlotte, you can find the Carolinas Aviation Museum only a 5 minute taxi ride from the airport’s main terminal. The museum has an extensive collection of planes and a great observation deck.

None of these interest you? Try the Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, Carowinds amusement park, or the Old Mecklenburg Brewery.

Have a suggestion or advice for Charlotte layovers? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Susie says:

    What is the cheapest way to layover in Charlotte, NC when traveling from Seattle to Budapest, Hungary–sometime in the second week of April and returning the end of May for 1 adult and 1 senior.