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. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Wilmington to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Wilmington

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Little Dipper (138 South Front Street) and Ceviche's (7210 Wrightsville Ave) are great picks.

When to visit Wilmington

Wilmington in January
Estimated hotel price
$176
1 night at 3-star hotel
Wilmington in January
Estimated hotel price
$176
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

Plane

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

Train

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

Bus

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

Plane

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

Train

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

Bus

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

KLM
Good (832 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,684 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,547 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,976 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,403 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,080 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,821 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (4,575 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,365 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (775 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (792 reviews)
Sun Country Air
Good (143 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,743 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (484 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Excellent (314 reviews)
WestJet
Good (1,986 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (428 reviews)
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Where to stay in Wilmington

Average rates range from around $392 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $369 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

Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
3 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$302+
Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
4 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
$281+
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson,Wilmington, NC
3 stars
Good (6.4, Good reviews)
$192+
Baymont by Wyndham Wilmington
2 stars
Okay (5.4, Okay reviews)
$108+

Hiring a car in Wilmington

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz and Alamo 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 $1.62 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 $19.39 and $25.86.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz and Alamo 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 $1.62 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 $19.39 and $25.86.