The Charleston travel guide is packed full of helpful info. With major interstate connections, an international airport, Greyhound bus depot and an Amtrak train station, Charleston is easily accessible from anywhere in the country.
Charleston is centrally located on the coast of South Carolina between Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head. Interstate 26 has it's terminus in Charleston and connects with Interstates 20, 85, 40, 77 and 95 from the North. Hwy 17 runs through Charleston and connects with Interstate 95 from the South. Interstate 526, the outer beltway, begins at Hwy 17 in the West Ashley area of Charleston where it loops around to the Charleston Airport and then across the Cooper River to Daniel Island before it ends in Mt Pleasant.
Charleston is easily accessible by car from the nearby cities listed below.
Columbia 2 hrs
Greenville 3 hrs
Asheville 4 hrs
Atlanta 5 hrs
Richmond 6 ½ hrs
Myrtle Beach 2 hrs
Charlotte 3 ½ hrs
Macon 4 hrs
Knoxville 6 hrs
Tallahassee 6 ½ hrs
Savannah 2 hrs
Jacksonville 3 ½ hrs
Raleigh 4 ½ hrs
Chattanooga 6 ½ hrs
Norfolk 7 hrs
The airport, which recently completed a $200M renovation, is located in North Charleston about 15 minutes from the downtown historic district. The airport is located next to the Air Force Base and shares the airfield facilities jointly with the United States Air Force.
Fly nonstop to 23 airports and 17 cities in the United States.
Seattle - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Service Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Charlotte - Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Dallas/Fort Worth - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Philadelphia - Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Washington D.C. - Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Miami - Miami International Airport (MIA)
Delta Air Lines
Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
Detroit - Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
New York City - LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
New York City - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Boston - Logan International Airport (BOS)
Washington, D.C. - Reagan National Airport (DCA)
New York - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL)
Chicago - Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Baltimore - Baltimore Washington International (BWI)
Dallas - Dallas Love Field (DAL)
Houston - Houston Hobby (HOU)
Nashville - National International Airport (BNA)
Denver - Denver International Airport (DEN) Seasonal flights start June 4
St. Louis - Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) Seasonal flights start June 4
Washington, D.C. - Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Chicago - Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Newark - Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Houston - Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Taxis to downtown cost about $30; shuttles arranged by Airport Ground Transportation cost about $14/person to downtown. Taxis and shuttle typically run from 5:00am - 12:30am. CARTA operates a local bus service, Bus 11, to downtown hourly on weekdays. Uber and Lyft pick up at the airport and there is also a rental car pavilion located next to the baggage claim area. Interstate 526 connects the airport with Interstate 26, which in turn terminates just north of historic downtown at U.S. 17.
Station Hours : Mon – Sun: 4:00am – 11:45pm
The Amtrak station is about 10 miles from Downtown Charleston. You can get from the station to downtown by taking a taxi, local bus service, Uber or Lyft. Information is available at the station.
Amtrak coaches have reclining seats, observation domes, air-conditioning and snug bunks. Taking the train may not be the fastest way to travel but the slow pace is perfect for sightseeing, or you can go for a stroll, enjoy a meal in the dining car, make friends in the bar or watch a movie. At night a gentle rocking and the steady rhythm of the wheels are sure to lull you to sleep.
The Palmetto and Silver Service trains (the Silver Meteor and the Silver Star) offer service between New York, Washington, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa/Miami.
Services on the Silver Service trains include Viewliner Sleeping and Dining Car accommodations. Or, enjoy reserved Coach class seating.
Below are the stations served on the route:
|New York, NY (Penn)||Richmond, VA||Jesup, GA|
|Newark, NJ - Penn Station||Petersburg, VA||Jacksonville, FL|
|Newark, NJ - Airport||Rocky Mount, NC||Palatka, FL|
|Iselin, NJ||Wilson, NC||DeLand, FL|
|New Brunswick, NJ||Selma, NC||Winter Park, FL|
|Princeton Junction, NJ||Raleigh, NC||Orlando, FL|
|Trenton, NJ||Fayetteville, NC||Kissimmee, FL|
|Cornwells Heights, PA||Dillon, SC||Tampa, FL - Union Station|
|Philadelphia, PA - North PA||Florence, SC||Lakeland, FL-Miami/Lakeland|
|Philadelphia, PA||Kingstree, SC||Lakeland, FL-N.Y./Lakeland|
|Wilmington, DE||N. Charleston, SC||Winter Haven, FL|
|Newark, DE||Yemassee, SC||Sebring, FL|
|Aberdeen, MD||Cary, NC||Okeechobee, FL|
|Baltimore, MD - Penn Station||Southern Pines, NC||West Palm Beach, FL|
|BWI Airport, MD||Hamlet, NC||Delray Beach, FL|
|New Carrollton, MD||Camden, SC||Deerfield Beach, FL|
|Washington, DC - Union Station||Columbia, SC||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|Alexandria, VA||Denmark, SC||Hollywood, FL|
|Fredericksburg, VA||Savannah, GA||Miami, FL|
Greyhound serves 3,800 destinations in North America and has an active fleet consisting of about 1,775 buses. Buses feature premium amenities including free Wifi, personal power outlets, reclining leather seats, extra legroom, overhead storage and on-board restrooms.
The Charleston Greyhound Station is approximately 7 miles from Downtown. The best way to get from the bus station to downtown Charleston is by taxi, local bus service, Uber or Lyft. The station has a listing of taxi phone numbers and information on local bus routes.