Wilmington travel guide

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You're Going to Love Wilmington

With a population of 106,476, Wilmington is a must-see destination in North Carolina, United States.

Where to Eat in Wilmington

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Little Dipper (138 South Front Street) and Circa 1922 (8 N. Front St.) are great picks.

When to visit Wilmington

Wilmington in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Wilmington in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Wilmington in July, when the average temperature is 27 °C, and the highest can go up to 32 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 2 °C, with an average temperature of 8 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in September, when precipitation is around 198 mm. In contrast, April is usually the driest month of the year in Wilmington, with an average rainfall of 71 mm.

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How to Get to Wilmington


When flying to Wilmington, you’ll arrive at Wilmington New Hanover County (ILM), which is located 7 km from the city centre.


The train station in Wilmington is called Wilmington, and is located 5 km from the city centre.


You can travel by bus to Wilmington using Greyhound or FlixBus. Wilmington’s bus station is located 4 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Wilmington

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British Airways
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Air France
Good (641 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,649 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,707 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (2,675 reviews)
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Spirit Airlines
Good (3,279 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (329 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (450 reviews)
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Sun Country Air
Good (111 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,022 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (426 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (173 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (359 reviews)
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Where to stay in Wilmington

Average rates range from around $351 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $370 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Stella Maris Hostel and Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown.

Where to stay in popular areas of Wilmington

Most booked hotels in Wilmington

Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson,Wilmington, NC
Good (6.3, Good reviews)
Baymont by Wyndham Wilmington
Okay (4.7, Okay reviews)

Hiring a car in Wilmington

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Wilmington is the Budget branch at 6816 Gordon Road, which is 8 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.67 per litre in Wilmington (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.00 and $26.66. The most frequently booked car type in Wilmington is Economy (Class Economy Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Hyundai Tucson or similar) is, on average, 68% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.