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. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Cary has to offer.

Where to Eat in Cary

If you’re looking for affordable options, Dean's Kitchen + Bar (formally Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar) (1080 Darrington Dr) and Lugano Ristorante (1060 Darrington Dr) are great picks.

Most popular restaurants in Cary

Wonderful (333 reviews)
Very good (88 reviews)
Wonderful (60 reviews)
Wonderful (37 reviews)

When to visit Cary

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

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Cary in July, when the average temperature is 78.8 °F, and the highest can go up to 87.8 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 32 °F, with an average temperature of 41 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 5.2″. In contrast, November is usually the driest month of the year in Cary, with an average rainfall of 3″.

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How to Get to Cary


When flying to Cary, you’ll arrive at Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU), which is located 6 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Cary include American Airlines, Air France and JetBlue. The shortest domestic flight to Cary departs from Orlando and takes around 1h 38m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Cary. The train journey from Cary to Charlotte takes 2h 51m and costs around $26 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Alexandria, expect to pay about $59 for a 5h 32m trip. The train station in Cary is called Cary, and is located 0.2 miles from the city center.


Another option to get to Cary is to pick up a car rental from Charlotte, which is about 122 miles from Cary. You’ll find branches of Easirent and Budget, among others, in Charlotte.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Cary, including Greyhound, Southeastern Stages and Tornado Bus. From Richmond, the bus ride to Cary takes 160 miles and will cost you around $72. From Charlotte, the ticket costs about $37 for a journey of 160 miles.

Airlines serving Cary

United Airlines
Good (2,945 reviews)
Good (2,372 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (4,500 reviews)
Good (358 reviews)
Air France
Good (436 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,403 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,586 reviews)
Excellent (3,162 reviews)
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Good (965 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,321 reviews)
Excellent (1,077 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (1,661 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (295 reviews)
Good (596 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (118 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Good (389 reviews)
Good (735 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (460 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (345 reviews)
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Where to stay in Cary

Average rates range from around $142 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $481 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Cary

Most booked hotels in Cary

Hyatt House Raleigh / RDU / Brier Creek
Excellent (8.9, 1989 reviews)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh - Cary
Excellent (8.9, 218 reviews)
Hyatt Place Raleigh/Cary
Excellent (8.6, 1425 reviews)
The Mayton Inn
Excellent (8.6, 96 reviews)
Embassy Suites Raleigh - Crabtree
Excellent (8.4, 874 reviews)
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson RaleighDurham Air
Excellent (8.2, 1135 reviews)
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Renting a car in Cary

Renting a car in Cary costs $58 per day, on average, or $175 if you want to rent if for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 1% more expensive than at Raleigh-Durham.

Expect to pay $3.63 per gallon in Cary (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $43.61 and $58.14. The most frequently booked car type in Cary is Compact (Nissan Rogue or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Toyota Yaris or similar) are, on average, 62% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.