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. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Wilmington has to offer.

Where to Eat in Wilmington

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Little Dipper (138 South Front Street) and Ceviche's (7210 Wrightsville Ave) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Butcher and Barrel by True Blue (110 Greenfield St 114) and Marina Grill (18 Harnett St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Wilmington.

When to visit Wilmington

Wilmington in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 147
1 night at 3-star hotel
Wilmington in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 147
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

Plane

When flying to Wilmington, you’ll arrive at Wilmington New Hanover County (ILM), which is located 7 km from the city centre The shortest flight to Wilmington from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 5h 09m.

Train

The train station in Wilmington is called Wilmington, and is located 5 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Wilmington is to pick up a car rental from Charlotte, which is about 293 km from Wilmington. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Easirent, among others, in Charlotte.

Bus

You can travel by bus to Wilmington using Greyhound or FlixBus. Wilmington’s bus station is located 4 km from the downtown.

Plane

When flying to Wilmington, you’ll arrive at Wilmington New Hanover County (ILM), which is located 7 km from the city centre The shortest flight to Wilmington from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 5h 09m.

Train

The train station in Wilmington is called Wilmington, and is located 5 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Wilmington is to pick up a car rental from Charlotte, which is about 293 km from Wilmington. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Easirent, among others, in Charlotte.

Bus

You can travel by bus to Wilmington using Greyhound or FlixBus. Wilmington’s bus station is located 4 km from the downtown.

Airlines serving Wilmington

KLM
Good (848 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,554 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,617 reviews)
Air France
Good (981 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,963 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,891 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,687 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (4,545 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,358 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (774 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (811 reviews)
Sun Country Air
Good (137 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,790 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (497 reviews)
WestJet
Good (1,942 reviews)
Allegiant Air
Good (436 reviews)
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Where to stay in Wilmington

Average rates range from around C$ 333 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 328 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

Sandpeddler Inn & Suites
2 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 373+
Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
3 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 265+
Holiday Inn Resort Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, an IHG Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 437+
Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 381+
Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
4 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 234+
Best Western Plus Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
2 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 184+

Renting a car in Wilmington

Renting a car in Wilmington costs C$ 85 per day, on average, or C$ 255 if you want to rent it for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Thrifty 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 8 km from the downtown.

Expect to pay C$ 1.41 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$ 16.89 and C$ 22.52. The most frequently booked car type in Wilmington is Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Mitsubishi Mirage or similar) are, on average, 35% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Wilmington costs C$ 85 per day, on average, or C$ 255 if you want to rent it for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Thrifty 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 8 km from the downtown.

Expect to pay C$ 1.41 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$ 16.89 and C$ 22.52. The most frequently booked car type in Wilmington is Full-size (Ford Mustang Convertible or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Mitsubishi Mirage or similar) are, on average, 35% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.