Travel to Charleston SC


Charleston Travel

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. 


Travel to Charleston SC By Car


Charleston Travel by car

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



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Charleston International Airport


Charleston SC International Airport

The airport, which recently completed a 200 million dollar 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. 


Charleston Airline Information


Fly nonstop to and from 26 cities in the United States and United Kingdom.

Alaska Airlines
Seattle - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Service Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Allegiant Airlines
Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) Season Service
Cincinnati — Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) Seasonal
Cleveland — Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Seasonal Service
Columbus — Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) Seasonal Service
Indianapolis — Indianapolis International Airport (IND) Seasonal Service
Punta Gorda — Charlotte County Airport (PGD) Seasonal Service

American Airlines
Charlotte - 
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Chicago - Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

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)

New York City - LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

British Airways
London - London Heathrow Airport (LHR) Seasonal Service

Delta Air Lines
Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
Boston - Logan International Airport (BOS)
Detroit - Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
New York City - LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
New York City - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Frontier Airlines
Cleveland — Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Seasonal Service
Denver — Denver International Airport (DEN) Seasonal Service
Philadelphia — Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Seasonal Service
Trenton — Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) Seasonal Service

JetBlue Airlines
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)

Southwest Airlines
Baltimore - Baltimore Washington International (BWI)
Chicago - Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Dallas - Dallas Love Field (DAL) Seasonal service
Denver - Denver International Airport (DEN) Seasonal service
Houston - Houston Hobby (HOU)
Nashville - Nashville International Airport (BNA)

United Airlines
Chicago - Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Cleveland - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Seasonal service
Denver - Denver International Airport (DEN) 
Houston - Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Newark - Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Washington, D.C. - Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Taxis to downtown cost about $30 for two passengers; shuttles arranged by Airport Ground Transportation cost about $15/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 terminates just north of historic downtown at U.S. 17. 


Charleston Airport Maps




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Travel to Charleston SC by Train




Amtrak Train

Amtrak- CHS
4565 Gaynor Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
1-800-USA-RAIL

Station Hours : Mon – Sun: 4:00am – 11:45am and 4:00pm – 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 East Coast Map

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


Visit the Amtrak Website for a listing of other routes.



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Travel to Charleston SC by Bus



Greyhound Bus

Greyhound
4565 Gaynor Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
Main: 843-744-4247
Baggage: 843-747-5341
U.S. Customer Service: 1-800-231-2222


Bus Station and Ticketing Office - Monday - Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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. 



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