Charleston SC Travel

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. 

Charleston Taxis

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

Water Taxi

Charleston Water Taxi

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

Charleston Car Rentals

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. 

Historic Charleston Travel - Charleston Car Rentals

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

Downtown Area Shuttle

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: 

  • The regular fare is $ 2.00 for Fixed-Route buses
  • Please remember to bring exact change
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Be sure to be at the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives
  • Many buses are bicycle friendly but check the Charleston Area Transit Authority website for a listing of Rack and ride routes
  • 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:

  • DASH buses are free to ride
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Buses are not equipped to carry bicycles
  • The seats located in the front of each bus behind the driver are reserved for senior citizens and disabled passengers
  • Exit from the center door when exiting the Bus. This minor effort allows boarding passengers to use the front door and helps to keep the Bus on schedule
  • Download CARTA DASH MAP

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