Charleston Insider's Guide > Local Info & Maps > Charleston Transportation
Traveling to Charleston may be a journey for some visitors coming to the area; for others it may be a short drive. Whether you are flying, driving, taking a train or a bus, once you get into the Charleston area you will need a plan to travel within the city. Traffic can sometimes be a nuisance during the busy season and parking is usually limited and sometimes costly. One easy solution is to use the city's transportation system. The CARTA bus system is an affordable option that makes stops at all of Charleston's popular destinations. Charleston is a sprawling city and if your lodging is close to some points of interest it is likely you will have to travel to other points of interest that may be across town. If your lodging is out of the downtown district and you plan to spend the whole day at the beach or downtown a taxi or shuttle bus may be the best choice. Some of Charleston's hotels offer shuttle services to popular attractions, and some independent companies offer trolleys as a means of transportation in and around the city. If you are planning to have a night on the town, most venues that serve alcohol will call a taxi for you but it is always a good idea to carry a cab company's phone number. Help keep Charleston's streets safe and please don't drive if you have been drinking.
(Charleston area regional transit authority)