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.

Where to Eat in Wilmington

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Little Dipper (138 South Front Street) and Circa 1922 (8 N. Front St.) are great picks.

When to visit Wilmington

Wilmington in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 134
1 night at 3-star hotel
Wilmington in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 134
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


When flying to Wilmington, you’ll arrive at Wilmington New Hanover County (ILM), which is located 4 miles from the city centre The shortest flight to Wilmington from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 5h 20m.


The train station in Wilmington is called Wilmington, and is located 3 miles from the city centre.


Another option to get to Wilmington is to pick up a car rental from Charlotte, which is about 182 miles from Wilmington. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Budget, among others, in Charlotte.


Wilmington’s bus station is located 2 miles from the downtown.

Airlines serving Wilmington

Good (501 reviews)
British Airways
Good (2,077 reviews)
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Air France
Good (621 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,584 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,678 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (2,568 reviews)
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Spirit Airlines
Good (3,211 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (296 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (447 reviews)
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American Airlines
Good (4,984 reviews)
Sun Country Air
Good (114 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (419 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (356 reviews)
Air New Zealand
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Where to stay in Wilmington

Average rates range from around C$ 291 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 305 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

Homewood Suites Wilmington/Mayfaire
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 265+
Sandpeddler Inn & Suites
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 494+
Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 309+
Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 290+
Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 394+
Holiday Inn Resort Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, an IHG Hotel
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 541+

Renting a car in Wilmington

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Wilmington is the Budget branch at 6816 Gordon Road, which is 5 miles from the downtown.

Expect to pay C$ 1.38 per litre in Wilmington (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.48 and C$ 21.97. Intermediate (Nissan Kicks or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Wilmington, while also 22% cheaper than other types, on average.