Cary travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cary

With a population of 135,234, Cary is a must-see destination in North Carolina, United States.

Where to Eat in Cary

If you’re looking for affordable options, Verandah at The Mayton (301 S Academy St) and Academy Street Bistro (200 South Academy Street) are great picks.

When to visit Cary

Cary in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Cary in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Cary in July, when the average temperature is 26 °C, and the highest can go up to 31 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 0 °C, with an average temperature of 5 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 132 mm. In contrast, November is usually the driest month of the year in Cary, with an average rainfall of 75 mm.

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How to Get to Cary


When flying to Cary, you’ll arrive at Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU), which is located 10 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Cary from New Zealand departs from Wellington and takes around 22h 51m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Cary. The train journey from Cary to Greensboro takes 1h 18m and costs around $20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Charlotte, expect to pay about $46 for a 2h 43m trip. The train station in Cary is called Cary, and is located 0.4 km from the city centre.


Another option to get to Cary is to pick up a car hire from Raleigh, which is about 13 km from Cary. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Dollar, among others, in Raleigh.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Cary, including Greyhound, FlixBus and Peter Pan Bus Lines. From Fayetteville, the bus ride to Cary takes 121 km and will cost you around $88. From Charlotte, the ticket costs about $83 for a journey of 257 km.

Airlines serving Cary

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Cathay Pacific
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Where to stay in Cary

From 5-star hotels such as the The Umstead Hotel and Spa to great affordable options like the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Cary, Cary offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $277 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $973 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include TownePlace Suites by Marriott Raleigh Cary/Weston Parkway and Hampton Inn Raleigh Cary.

Where to stay in popular areas of Cary

Most booked hotels in Cary

Hyatt House Raleigh / RDU / Brier Creek
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Hyatt Place Raleigh/Cary
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Ramada by Wyndham Raleigh
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Hilton Raleigh North Hills
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown
Good (6.6, Good reviews)
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Raleigh Crabtree
Okay (5.9, Okay reviews)

Hiring a car in Cary

Expect to pay $1.85 per litre in Cary (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $22.09 and $29.46. Standard (Class Commercial Truck or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Cary, while also 63% cheaper than other types, on average.