Charleston International Airport
Charleston International Airport is about 10 miles outside town in North Charleston, with nonstop flights to 21 cities. Airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
On CARTA buses, $2 gets you downtown on route 11 (Dorchester/Airport). Follow the signs for public transportation/CARTA. The airport bus stop is near the passenger pick-up area and the rental-car lot. You'll be let off at the intersection of Meeting St and Mary St near the Charleston Visitor Center downtown.
NASH has a $3.50 shuttle bus that runs approximately every hour from the airport to the North Charleston Visitor Center, the Tanger Outlets and the downtown Charleston Visitor Center.
With either of these services the trip takes about 30 minutes.
There's an Avis for car rental at the airport.
Taxis are easy to find when walking out of the airport. A taxi ride from the airport to downtown typically runs about $25 to $30. For taxis without meters, agree on a rate in advance.
Rideshare fares from the airport to downtown Charleston start at $17. You catch meet the driver outside baggage claim.
For $14 a person, there's a CHS Airport Shuttle to the downtown, departing every 15 minutes. Advanced reservations are not necessary and it's a shared ride. The shuttles leave from outside baggage claim.
The Greyhound bus station is in North Charleston.
Car & Motorcycle
You can rent some wheels from Avis at the airport or bring your own. You'll come into the city in one of three ways: Hwy 26 from the north, or over a bridge on Hwy 17 from the west or the east. Hwy 30 connects James Island and downtown Charleston as well.
The Amtrak train station is in North Charleston.