The Charleston SC travel guide is full of information and tips to help you navigate your way around the "The Holy City." Charleston has a variety of ways to get around the city including taxis, pedicabs, water taxis, trolleys, and buses.
If you travel to Charleston by bus, plane, or train and you don't have a car, then you may need to take a taxi to get to certain destinations. The cost for a cab in Charleston is $5.00 for the 1st 2 miles and $0.50 for every 1/5 miles after that. Each extra passenger is $1.00. Waiting time is $0.20 per minute and a maximum of $12 per hour. If a trip begins and ends on the Charleston Peninsula, then there is a $7.00 flat fee from 5:01 am until 11:59 pm. The rate is increased to $14 from midnight to 5 am.
|Charleston Cab Company||(843) 566-5757|
|Charleston Green Taxi||(843) 819-0846|
|East Cooper Taxi||(843) 697-2412|
|Express Cab||(843) 577-8816|
|Safety Cab Company||(843) 722-4066|
|Yellow Cab Company||(843) 577-6565|
Another type of cab that is not only fast but fun to take in the downtown Charleston area is a pedicab. The rides are dependable and affordable. Simply call, give them your location, and within 10 minutes a bicycle will pick you up and drive you anywhere on the downtown peninsula for only $5.00 - $5.50 per person, for every ten minutes. They are open 9am-2am seven days a week.
|Charleston Pedicab||(843) 577-7088|
|Charleston Rickshaw||(843) 723-5685|
|Charleston Bike Taxi||(843) 532-8663|
The Water Taxi transports passengers from the Charleston Maritime Center to Patriots Point, home of the U.S.S Yorktown. The Charleston Water Taxi charges $10 for an all-day pass, $6 one way and children under three ride free. A fun thing to do is to purchase a one-way ticket and run, walk, or bike the Ravenel Bridge and then take a relaxing boat ride back. Bikes are always welcome on the water taxi.
|Charleston Water Taxi||(843) 330-2989|
If you are flying into Charleston, the airport offers shuttles and taxis to downtown, but you may still choose to rent a car. Charleston is very pedestrian friendly, and most of the attractions are within walking distance, but most of the nearby beaches and plantations are a 20-30 minute drive from the city. Some of the tour companies offer shuttles to the nearby plantations, but you would need to take a cab if you want to visit some of the nearby islands and beaches.
|Avis||CHS Airport (843) 767-7030 or Downtown Charleston (843) 577-9705|
|Budget||CHS Airport (843) 552-1771 or downtown Charleston (843) 577-5195|
|Enterprise||CHS Airport (843) 767-1109 or downtown Charleston (843) 723-6215|
|Hertz||CHS Airport (843) 767-4554 or West Ashley (843) 573-2147|
|National||CHS Airport (843) 767-3078|
The Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley Tour provides a quick and convenient way to get an overview of the Lowcountry. Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Boone Hall Plantation and Wild Dunes Resort to name a few are exciting attractions where people hop on and off to enjoy the beautiful beaches, historic attractions, water sports, great food, and shopping. The trolley also picks up and drops off at the Charleston Visitors Center in historic downtown Charleston.
After seeing most of the major sites via the Hop-on/Hop-off bus, visitors can determine an itinerary for the rest of their stay, deciding which area of the city they want to visit again on their own and which sites they would like to see in more detail.
This Hop-On/Hop-Off tour is also used by visitors who only have a very short amount of time in the lowcountry. The Loop Tour enables them to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time and experience most of the major attractions of the city.
The Trolley tour takes in many of the Lowcountry main sights and attractions. Take a look at the list of stops below:
Days: Monday thru Saturday
Time: Depart between the hours of 9:00am – 6:00pm.
From All Downtown Charleston Hotels:
At Charleston Visitors Center - Call (843) 654-5199 for pick-up or see schedule for times.
CARTA or the Charleston Area Transit Authority is a fast and easy way to get to many of Charleston's attractions, restaurants, beaches, shopping, hotels and historic sites. Rather than trying to find street parking or paying per hour to park in a garage, you can simply climb aboard and enjoy the ride. For a complete list of bus routes, visit the CARTA website.
Some things to remember when riding the bus are:
Another fun way to get around downtown Charleston is the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH). These buses operate in the Downtown Historic Area. Visitors can park at the Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St., or at any city-owned parking garage while they ride.
There are three DASH routes: (See the map below)
Rte 210 (Orange) – The College of Charleston and the Aquarium
Rte 211 (Green) – Meeting and King Streets
Rte 213 (Purple) – Lockwood and Calhoun Streets
Some things to remember when riding DASH: