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, and buses.
The Charleston Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) is the most convenient way to get around downtown Charleston. The city recently replaced the DASH Trolley's (pictured at top of page) with buses. These buses are free to everyone and 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:
If you are planning to visit attractions not located on the DASH routes, then CARTA buses are 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. To see if a bus stops near where you are going, visit the CARTA website and click on plan in the upper right corner of the page. You can then key in your current address and use the planner tool to see if a bus is going to your destination. For a complete map of all the CARTA bus routes, check out the system map.
Some things to remember when riding the bus are:
A really fun way to travel around the downtown Charleston area is by bike taxi. 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 about $6 per person, for every ten minutes. The bike taxis run from 9am-midnight seven days a week (weather permitting).
|Charleston Pedicab||(843) 577-7088|
|Charleston Rickshaw||(843) 723-5685|
|Charleston Bike Taxi||(843) 532-8663|
The Charleston Water Taxi is the best way to get to Patriots Point from downtown Charleston if you don't have a car. The water taxi charges $12 for an all-day pass and children under three ride free. A fun thing to do is to purchase a pass, 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 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. A $1 surcharge will be added for each additional passenger after the first passenger. 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|
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 may need a car 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|