Business & Economic Development

Tarboro's Location and Transportation Options

Tarboro’s proximity to Interstate 95 and U.S. 64 allow for strategic accessibility to and from the East Coast’s major markets, many of which are within one day’s drive. It is approximately 72 miles from Raleigh, the state capital, 25 miles from Greenville, a primary eastern NC hub, and two hours from the Outer Banks. Tarboro is also convenient to area and regional airports, freight and passenger train service, interstate and intrastate highway systems, and the deep water ports of Morehead City and Wilmington, NC. 

Major Highways
U.S. 64: Four-laned from Tarboro to Raleigh. Soon to be four-laned from Tarboro to North Carolina's famed Outer Banks.
U.S. 258: A major north-south link between the Norfolk area and Jacksonville, NC. 
I-95: Located just 20 miles west of Tarboro (accessed via four-laned U.S. 64), this major interstate provides access to Washington, DC, New York, the Northeast and Florida. 
N.C. 44: Serves as a link to I-95 to the west of Tarboro and to the Norfolk area to the east. 
See map showing major highways.

Tarboro-Edgecombe Airport: This facility has a 4,500' paved and lighted runway with a 1,000' approach apron from both ends, accommodating a wide variety of small general aviation aircraft.

Pitt-Greenville Airport: Located approximately 24 miles from Tarboro, this airport has a 6,000' lighted precision approach runway, a 5,000' lighted non-precision crosswind runway and a 2,700' unlighted visual approach runway. PGV provides commuter service to Charlotte's Douglas International Airport through USAir Express with 11 daily flights. Jet service is available. All aircraft services are available, including charters. For more information, call (252) 758-4707.

Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport: Only 25 miles from Tarboro, this airport has one runway which is lighted and extends a length of 6,000'. Regularly scheduled commuter type carriers provide passenger service. Call (252) 446-7057 for more information. 

Raleigh-Durham International Airport: More commonly known as RDU, this major international airport serves the U.S. and abroad. Located only 80 miles from Tarboro, RDU hosts numerous major carriers with daily departures. Additionally, numerous commuter carriers connect RDU to the northeast and other southern cities. Call (919) 840-2123 for more information.

Tarboro is fortunate to have easy access to both freight and passenger rail service. Amtrak provides two north and two southbound trains per day at its Rocky Mount station, located only 15 miles from Tarboro. Service is to Washington, D.C., New York, Miami and Philadelphia. Additionally, Amtrak stops in Greensboro with service to Atlanta and New Orleans. Call the Rocky Mount Amtrak Station at 1-800-872-7245 for reservations and information.

Freight service is provided by CSX. Trains travel to destinations in eastern North Carolina and also to points west and south of town. For more information, call CSX Transportation Customer Service at 1-800-327-5405.