South Carolina’s Lowcountry links easily to other parts of the state and nation via numerous highways, and many people traveling here choose to drive, taking in the region’s Deep South ambiance and historic atmosphere.
Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, a mere 5 miles from Joint Base Charleston’s air base and 15 miles from the weapons station, is the region’s commercial air hub for travelers. Charleston Executive Airport a few miles southwest of downtown Charleston on Johns Island serves general aviators.
All of the counties have public transportation and the area is served by Greyhound and Amtrak as well.
Charleston International Airport
5500 International Blvd., No. 101
North Charleston, SC 29418 843-767-7000
Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and United flights arrive and depart daily from busy Charleston International Airport. The airport recently finished a $200 million expansion and renovation and is continuously enhancing its services.
Ground transportation includes taxis, shuttles, bus service and rental cars. Six rental car companies operate from the rental car pavilion near baggage claim, and two others off-site offer pickup service. The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority has nonstop and express bus service between the airport and downtown Charleston; the bus stop is at the outside curb at the baggage claim end of the terminal.
3664 Leeds Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405 843-724-7420
The Charleston metro area’s public transportation system, Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority, provides fixed-route, flex, express commute and paratransit services as well as free DASH shuttles within the city’s historic peninsula. CARTA, the state’s largest provider of public transportation, tallies more than 4 million rides every year. It is a partner in the Intermodal Facility Project, which aims to centralize Amtrak, CARTA and Southeastern Stages transportation facilities in one location so travelers can make seamless connections.
Visit CARTA’s website for more information on bus routes, fares and the Intermodal Facility Project.
Charleston Water Taxi
10 Wharfside St.
Charleston, SC 29403 843-330-2989
Skip over the water aboard the Charleston Water Taxi. Four routes showcase Waterfront Park and the historic district, Aquarium Wharf and the Maritime Center, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum (home of the USS Yorktown), and Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina and its tasty restaurants.
260 University Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30315 404-591-2750
In 1933, three small bus companies merged to create Southeastern Stages, which today has daily scheduled service between Southeastern cities including Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Columbia and Summerville, South Carolina; and Fayetteville and Asheville, North Carolina. The company operates out of 12 locations in South Carolina, a dozen cities in Georgia and four in North Carolina. The company has more than 40 modern buses and was one of the first regional carriers to introduce vehicles with advanced collision avoidance technology.
305 Heatley St.
Moncks Corner, SC 29461 843-899-4096
TriCounty Link provides transit services to rural residents in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. TriCounty Link’s fleet provides fixed and commuter routes with route deviation options to pick up customers that cannot meet the bus at designated stop locations. For more information on routes and fares, visit TriCounty Link’s website.