Fort Sumter Tour Ship, Charleston Transportation

Fort Sumter Tour Ship on the port of Charleston; Soul Of America

Charleston Transportation


Charleston International Airport (CHS) is small with few direct flights, other than to Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte. For Car Rental at the airport, call 843-767-1100. Taxis from the airport to downtown cost $22. For each passenger in excess of two, a fee of $10 per passenger per trip is charged. Shuttles: the rate for Peninsular Charleston, which includes Downtown, is $10 per passenger. Mt. Pleasant Airport Shuttle (843-971-4901) also provides service from 5am-Midnight.

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Amtrak trains arrive daily from the eastern seaboard at North Charleston train station is located at 4565 Gaynor Avenue (843-744-8264). Amtrak provides Coach and Business Class seating on this route:

Silver Service/Palmetto: NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington-Richmond-Raleigh-Charleston-Jacksonville-Orlando-Miami


Gullah Tours
Gullah native, Alphonso Brown offers a lively tour of historic Charleston including information on Gullah life and language, Black historical sites, highlights of people and neighborhoods that inspired the musical Porgy & Bess. A highlight of the tour is a stop at the home and workshop of Iron Master Philip Simmons who created many of the beautiful and intricate wrought iron gates found all around Charleston.
ADDRESS: 9 Trachelle Lane, Charleston, SC
PHONE: 843-763-7551

Sites and Insights Tours
Al Miller hosts Porgy & Bess, Black History Tours of Charleston and Sea Island Tours (which covers portions of Johns and James Islands). Porgy & Bess Tour and the Black History are given in one tour.
PHONE: 843-762-0051

DASH Trolleys
A low cost, comfortable way for guided tours to most popular tourist destinations; a great way to view Charleston’s distinguished architecture.
PHONE: 843-724-7420

Horse-drawn Carriages
You can rent them in various downtown locations for a relaxing view of city gardens and elegant house architecture.


Charleston Harbor Tours
Operating since 1908, its the oldest tour of Charleston Harbor. Most cruises are 90 minutes. You can also do a combo with horse-drawn carriage ride.

Spirit Line Cruises
Enjoy a historic tour of Fort Sumter where the Civil War began; a dinner cruise option is available.
PHONE: 800-789-3678


Charleston Freeways are generally easy to get around during commute hours. When driving here from I-95 freeway, take I-26 freeway east and obey posted speed limits, which vary from 65 mph downwards.