In Augusta-Richmond and Columbia Counties
Cozied up to the South Carolina border on their eastern edges, Georgia’s Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties easily link the Augusta metropolitan region with other parts of the states and the rest of the nation. Most people traveling in the area choose to drive, enjoying the scenic roads throughout the Middle Savannah River sub-basin.
For those flying, there are several airports within 200 or so miles with numerous air carriers. Two airports are within Georgia, and one is nearby in South Carolina.
Both counties and surrounding areas have public transportation.
Augusta Regional Airport
Bush Field (AGS)
1501 Aviation Way
Augusta, GA 30906 706-798-3236
Augusta Regional Airport, about 10 miles east of Fort Gordon, has been serving the Central Savannah River Area for more than 60 years. Competitively priced, daily flights to Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, are offered out of Augusta through Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.
Amenities include free shuttle service from long-term parking to the terminal, free baggage carts, rental car companies, ATMs on site and free Wi-Fi service. Visit the website for information about schedules.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
3250 Airport Blvd.
West Columbia, SC 29170 803-822-5000
Columbia Metropolitan Airport is about 80 miles east of Fort Gordon and has four carriers: American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Via Airlines. Ground transportation includes rental car services and taxi and shuttle services. Visit the website for information about schedules, baggage services and more.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
6000 N. Terminal Parkway, Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30320 800-897-1910
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is 20 minutes south of downtown Atlanta and two hours west of Fort Gordon. It is the world’s busiest airport, serving nearly 90 million passengers annually. A dozen major and national airlines provide domestic and international service, with an average of almost 2,500 arrivals and departures daily.
The airport’s rental car center offers 13 rental car agencies. Hotel shuttle service is available at the Ground Transportation Center, at the west end of the domestic terminals building. Greyhound Flightlink, at the lower level of Terminal North, can provide transportation to selected cities from the airport. A number of local and regional shared-ride shuttles also depart from the airport, from the Ground Transportation Center, between the domestic north and south terminals.
Augusta Public Transit
1535 Fenwick St.
Augusta, GA 30904 706-821-1721
The Augusta Public Transit system provides extensive public transportation services throughout Augusta-Richmond County. These include nine bus routes, access to Americans with Disabilities Act service (paratransit) and the Richmond Rural Transit service. APT employees travel over 2,313 miles each weekday to provide safe, courteous, reliable and efficient transit service to more than 3,000 daily customers. Seniors, students, disabled patrons and nonprofit organizations are eligible for discounted fares.
For more information on fares and the system’s Monday through Saturday service area, visit APT’s website.
Richmond County Transit
1535 Fenwick St.
Augusta, GA 30904 706-821-1721
The Richmond County Transit fleet consists of one 17-passenger van (which is wheelchair-accessible), three 14-passenger vans and one 11-passenger van with lift (wheelchair-accessible). Unlike traditional public transportation, the service is a door-to-destination operation. Reservations must be scheduled by calling 706-821-1497 before 2 p.m. the day prior to appointment date. Appointments may be called-in up to a week in advance. Vans are in service Monday through Friday.
For more information on fees and scheduling, visit the Richmond County Transit’s web page.
Columbia County Transit
650-B Ronald Reagan Drive
Evans, GA 30809 706-556-0807
Columbia County Transit provides safe, clean affordable transportation within Columbia and Augusta-Richmond counties, Monday through Friday, with the earliest drop off time at 10 a.m. and the latest pick-up time at 3:30 p.m. Unlike traditional public transportation, this is a curb-to-curb service. Appointments must be booked a minimum of one business day in advance (Friday for the following Monday).
For more information on fares, regulations and scheduling, visit the Columbia County Transit’s web page.
McDuffie County Rural Transportation
180 Sweetwater Park Drive
Thomson, GA 30824 706-595-6683
The McDuffie County Rural Transportation System operates five vehicles, three with wheelchair lifts, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Unlike traditional public transportation, the system serves all McDuffie County residents for local appointments Monday through Friday. To arrange for transportation, contact the office at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment.
For more information on fares, regulations and scheduling, visit the Thomson-McDuffie web page.
Groome Transportation provides shuttle service in multiple locations in Georgia, including Augusta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For more information on pickup and departure locations, fares and online ticketing, visit the website.
Driving and Commuting
Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties are traversed by a U.S. Interstate and various state routes.
Within Augusta-Richmond County, Interstate 20 stretches east-west across the northern edge of Augusta, with the Interstate 520 loop circling the metropolitan region and providing access to the city and to arteries extending away from the Augusta’s center. Major U.S. highways intersect Augusta, including U.S. Route 78, Route 25, Route 56 and Route 1, which runs next to Fort Gordon. To the north in Columbia County, U.S. Route 221 and State Route 28 provide major north-south access, while State Route 232 and State Route 104 feed into the Augusta metropolitan area on the county’s southern edge.
In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties join the two to each other and to neighboring South Carolina. State Route 383 runs north and south, connecting Fort Gordon with Evans.
The Georgia Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.gacommuteoptions.com.
The GDOT provides free, real-time traffic information. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes at www.511ga.org or by dialing 511.
Georgia Department of Driver Services
2206 Eastview Parkway
Conyers, GA 30013 770-918-5822
The Georgia Department of Driver Services issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registrations and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at its website.
Within 60 days of moving to Georgia (or within 30 days of becoming a resident), you must obtain a Georgia driver’s license — though active-duty service members and their spouses and dependents may drive with a valid driver’s license issued by their home state. The minimum age for getting a Georgia driver’s license is 16 years old.
If you hold a valid out-of-state driver’s license or an out-of-state license expired less than two years, you may exchange it for a Georgia license. You must be at least 18 years of age, surrender the out-of-state license and pass the vision exam (you are exempt from the written and road tests).
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its Georgia Drivers Manual, which can be downloaded at www.eregulations.com/georgia/driver.
As nonresident military stationed in Georgia, you are not required to register your vehicle in the state of Georgia as long as your vehicle visibly displays valid license plates from your home state. If you chose to register your vehicle in Georgia, you must comply with all requirements of vehicle registration. Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at http://dor.georgia.gov/vehicle-registration.
Except for school bus and novice drivers, the state of Georgia does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. Georgia prohibits texting while driving for all drivers.
Georgia Department of Transportation
Visit the Georgia Department of Transportation website for real-time traffic info, maps, details on road closures and travel advisories, live traffic cameras and more.