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The Roanoke Regional Airport is the major air transportation facility for all of southwestern Virginia. Despite operating at maximum capacity during peak hours, some visitors have found the expensive fares and limited number of flights restrictive, and have opted to use the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. This is certainly an alternative for travelers from far away, as the Roanoke airport offers direct flights to relatively few cities (mainly Orlando, Detroit, Charlotte and Chicago). The Greensboro airport has a much greater selection of flights due to larger size, including multiple flights a day to Philadelphia, Washington D.C, New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston and Atlanta). However, the latter airport is over a 2½ hour drive through rugged terrain from Roanoke.Though Roanoke’s economy was built up by the railroad, the city has no passenger rail service. Amtrak offers bus shuttles to Clifton Forge 50 miles to the north, which is on the Cardinal/Hoosier State line that runs between Chicago and New York, stopping at Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Charleston (West Virginia), Charlottesville, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Newark along the way. A more practical way to get to some of the close-by cities may be bus. Greyhound has direct services to Richmond, Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Knoxville once or twice a day.