Charleston is served by Charleston International Airport (CHS), with non-stop flights to 30+ destinations on 9 airlines. Intercity train and bus services are available from Amtrak and Southeastern Stages, with service to the North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center. Each terminal is a short, 10-15 minute trip from the city center. Visitors driving their own vehicles can choose from more than a dozen public parking garages in the downtown core.

Downtown Charleston is a compact, walkable city with short distances between performance venues and notable attractions including some of the most beautiful homes, gardens, neighborhoods, and waterfront promenades found in the US. The best way to experience it is to get out and explore on your own two feet.

“Now, more than ever, a stroll around Charleston is an invitation to discovery.” – Southern Living


If you wear out your walking shoes, other transport options abound. The local transit agency, CARTA, offers a free downtown area shuttle (DASH) that connects major sites including the South Carolina Aquarium, Waterfront Park, the City Market, Marion Square, College of Charleston campus, and the Charleston Visitor Center. The local bikeshare program, Holy Spokes, has more than 25 bicycle corrals available throughout the peninsula, with hourly, daily, and monthly rental options.

Ridesharing vehicles from Uber and Lyft are abundant in Charleston, while taxi services and pedicabs are available, too. And as a maritime city, water taxi services are available as well, linking the downtown waterfront to attractions in Mount Pleasant’s Patriots Point directly across Charleston Harbor.