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Transportation/Getting Here

By Car

Kannapolis is easily accessible from Interstate 85 exits 54 through 63. The city is just 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte, NC on Interstate 85. Interstate 77 access is 15 miles west of Kannapolis and Interstate 40 is accessible 40 minutes north of downtown.

By Bus

  • CK Rider: The CK Rider bus system has seven routes throughout Kannapolis and Cabarrus County, providing service to many local neighborhoods. For complete fares and schedules, visit the CKRider website or call Rider Customer Care at 704-920-RIDER. Free Rider brochures are also available at Concord and Kannapolis City offices.
  • Rowan Express: The Rowan Express, a partnership of Rowan County, Salisbury, China Grove, Landis and Kannapolis, runs Monday through Friday and connects each of the municipalities. For more information on routes and fares, visit the Rowan Express website or call 704-216-8891.
  • CATS Express: Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) offers a convenient option for commuters traveling from the Kannapolis area to Charlotte. For more information about fares and schedules, visit the CATS website or call 704-336-RIDE (704-336-7433). The 80x commuter bus stops at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

By Air

  • Concord Regional Airport: Located just 20 minutes, or 13 miles southwest of Kannapolis. The airport serves general aviation aircraft, corporate, military, government, and commercial service aircraft. The motorsports industry uses the airport regularly for private and charter flights. Allegiant Airlines provides commercial service to select destinations.
  • Rowan County Airport: Located just 20 minutes, or about 13 miles northeast of Kannapolis. The County of Rowan operates the airport for the benefit of all residents, business owners, and visitors of the County.
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport: Located 30 minutes south of Kannapolis on I-85. Charlotte Douglas offers non-stop service with 600 daily flights to 130 destinations worldwide.

By Rail

Amtrak offers daily service from the Kannapolis train station along two routes—The Carolinian and The Piedmont. Information about fares, schedules and reservations is available online or by calling 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).