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Car Hire from Charleston

Car Hire from Charleston Airport

Visiting South Carolina, tourists get a true sense of the USA’s Deep South. It is home to elegant colonial buildings, murky swampland and sandy beaches. There’s also some fantastic cuisine, lively nightlife and vibrant arts scenes to discover. A road trip across the state, with a car hired from Charleston Airport, is the best way to experience the rich variety of South Carolina’s cities, sleepy towns and spectacular scenery.

Where to hire a car at Charleston Airport

Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Enterprise all have car hire desks at Charleston Airport. They are located at the Rental Car Pavilion, which is near the baggage claim area.

A number of other companies provide a meet and greet service from Charleston Airport. These include Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar, Payless and Sixt. For the majority of these operators, customers are asked to call the company upon arrival. They will then dispatch a shuttle to meet you at a designated pick up point outside the arrivals hall.

Petrol Stations near Charleston Airport

If you hire a car with a full to full fuel policy you will need to refuel the tank to make sure you are not charged refuelling costs by the car hire company.

The closest petrol station to Charleston Airport is a Sunoco garage located on West Montague Avenue. It’s just four minutes’ drive from the airport, taking International Boulevard.

Driving around Charleston Airport

Charleston Airport is well connected by an excellent road network. Roads are well maintained and easy to navigate. Drivers should be aware that on four lane roads, drivers can overtake from either the left or right side of slower drivers.

From the airport, it’s easy to pick up route 526 which acts as a ring road around the city centre. Route 26 goes into the centre of Charleston and also heads north west towards Columbia, connecting to route 95 which heads south towards Savannah.

Getting to your destination

Charleston Airport provides easy access to many of the must-see destinations on a South Carolina tour. Here are just a few of them:

Charleston
Charleston is one of South Carolina’s most elegant and charming cities. It’s possible to while away the days admiring the city’s beautiful architecture, taking a horse drawn carriage ride around the boulevards and wandering around art galleries in the French Quarter. With a car, it’s also possible to visit the historic plantations which are located out of the city centre.

Charleston Airport to downtown Charleston is a 25 minute, 12 mile drive taking route 26 south.

There are a number of paid car parks in the city centre including one at the Visitors’ Centre on Mary Street. However, for cheaper parking, drivers can leave their car on the outskirts and hop on a tram into the centre.

Myrtle Beach
The Myrtle Beach area, to the north of South Carolina, is home to 60 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. There are also monuments, museums and plenty of attractions for families including an aquarium, the 200 foot tall Sky Wheel and the WonderWorks Science Centre.

Myrtle Beach is around two hours’ drive from Charleston Airport, taking route 526 north of the city and then heading north on route 17.

There is parking around the city with parking metres marked with either red stickers, to indicate short term parking, or green stickers, to indicate all day parking.

Spartanburg
Spartanburg can be found inland, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At nearby Croft State Park, there are lots of outdoor pursuits to be enjoyed. Camping under the stars, river fishing, hiking or cycling along countryside trails or taking to the water in a canoe, there is something for everyone in this little corner of South Carolina.

Spartanburg can be reached in around three hours from Charleston Airport, taking route 26 north.

There is lots of convenient parking in the city, with four big car parks as well as street parking, and free spaces available during evenings and weekends.

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