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Getting Around in North Carolina – A Guide To Senior Travel

Retirement is for making the most of life, in a state as well connected as North Carolina you can spend plenty of time exploring and getting to know this beautiful state and the surrounding areas.

Whether you want to know more about travelling by train, bus or plane, or information about getting hold of senior discounts or a NC Handicap Placard, we’ve got it all covered. So if you’re considering retirement in the wonderful state of North Carolina, this handy guide has all you need when it comes to travel and getting around.

By Road



If you own a vehicle, North Carolina’s roads are just waiting for you to get out and explore. Easy access to the US-70 Highway, which runs for 488 miles from the coast of North Carolina all the way to Arizona, means you’ll be heading out on your next adventure in no time. Even driving around the state is a breeze – well maintained roads like the 480 interchange that circles the north of Raleigh, offer easy connections to North Carolina’s highways.

For those with disabilities, applying for a NC Handicap Placard for your vehicle couldn’t be easier – the application only costs $5 and you’ll need to submit a form signed by a physician. As well as a Handicap Placard, NC also offer the option to apply for a Handicap Driving Registration Plate, you can find out more and download the application form here.

By Bus

Thankfully for those without a vehicle of their own, there’s plenty of public transport options to choose from. The popular GoTriangle buses provide regular connections between many locations in the Research Triangle Area including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Garner to name a few. Seniors can benefit from a 65 & older discount ID card – giving a discounted fare of just $1 per trip. You can find out more here.

By Plane


If you’re heading off to visit friends or family a little further afield, North Carolina has three international airports ready to whisk you away. One of these airports, Raleigh-Durham International Airport is easily accessible by bus train or taxi so you’ll never miss your flight. Airlines fly all over the state and the rest of America from here, as well as some international destinations – so you’ll always be well connected!

By Train


If riding the rails is your preferred mode of transport, you’ll find plenty of destinations both inside and outside of North Carolina that are just a train journey away. If you’re looking to do some sightseeing, the Carolinian train from Raleigh train station takes a scenic route through the state and up to New York City. Seniors aged 62 and over can enjoy a 15% discount on low fare Amtrak tickets as well – even more reason to travel by train.

When it comes to travel and places to enjoy your retirement in North Carolina, you’ll always be well connected in the Tar Heel State. Our newest 55 Plus Community, Creekside at Bethpage, is ideally situated in the heart of the research triangle between Raleigh and Durham, so you’ll always be able to get around.