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Getting to and from Charleston International Airport (CHS)

Services to/from Charleston International Airport, including rental cars, taxis, shuttles, rideshares, and public buses are available in front of the terminal building.

At CHS, Departures and Arrivals are on the same floor, with the departure area to the east end of the terminal and the arrival area to the west end.

Flights depart from two concourses, A (towards the east) and B (towards the west).

Concourse A contains five (5) gates that are primarily used by Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection, with other airlines occasionally using gates as needed for overflow.

Concourse B features ten (10) gates and is used by other airlines serving the airport. Additionally, Concourse B also contains the international arrivals facility.

Passengers are advised to plan their transfer options before hitting the road in South Carolina.

Ideally, before leaving home, check out what items are allowed in your carry-on bag, what you can pack in your checked baggage, and what items are prohibited.

For convenience and further direction, passengers may also approach the Airport Information Desk for assistance.

Finally, travelers should only transact at the airport counters and other legitimate establishments for their safety.

Rental Car Services at Charleston International Airport

The CHS Rental Car pickup is in the Rental Car Pavilion at the end of the terminal, past the Baggage Claim area at the ground level.

This facility may not be open 24/7 because car rental company service hours may vary based on flight schedules, among other considerations.

Please inquire at your service provider for specific service hours and return procedures.

When ready to return your vehicle to the car rental center, remove all personal items before turning over the rented vehicle to the designated facility.

The Rental Car Drop-off is located on Level 1 of the new five-level parking building. This facility is connected with a covered walkway to and from the terminal.

Customers may allow plenty of time for their drive when returning the vehicle. See and compare all rental car companies at Charleston International Airport.

For item(s) lost and found inside the vehicle, please contact the rental car company directly.

For item(s) left on a rental car center shuttle bus, the Airport Lost and Found at +1 843-767-1100 or +1 843-767-7070 if after hours, or by email:

Ride Shares at Charleston International Airport

Rideshares are available at Charleston International Airport.

Once you request your ride at Charleston International Airport, you can meet your car outside of the Baggage Claim area and follow signs to the covered shelter which is across both roadways and to the right of the last sidewalk.

Passengers can reserve rideshare by downloading the company’s app on their smartphone and coordinating directly with their driver. They can also request a ride a few days before their flight to avoid the inconvenience.

Ridesharing apps should let users verify the identity of drivers by checking out their faces, license plates, and colors.

Taxis at Charleston International Airport

Please proceed to the Ground Transportation Center toward the taxi stand in front of your terminal building.

A taxi ride downtown takes about 25 minutes. Depending on how far into the city center you want to go, you can expect prices to range from $30.00-$40.00 on average.

If you need to travel outside the city area, please consult your driver for rates. It is customary to give the driver a tip (15-20% of the fare) for good service. More information about taxis at Charleston International Airport.

Keep a record of the cab company, vehicle number, and the driver's name when traveling to and from the airport, just in case you leave something behind.

Trains at Charleston International Airport

The airport is not directly connected to the train station. However, the Amtrak train station is available downtown at 4565 Gaynor Avenue, North Charleston Transit Center, North Charleston, South Carolina. 

The quickest way to get from Charleston Airport (CHS) to Charleston Amtrak Station is to taxi for less than $15.00. Additional information about train services near Charleston International Airport.

Buses at Charleston International Airport

CARTA Express Bus Route 4: also known as North Area Shuttle (NASH) Express is an express service to downtown Charleston with stops at the North Charleston Visitors Center and the Tanger Outlets. Total trip time from the airport to downtown is usually 25–35 minutes.

CARTA Bus Route 11: is a local service that connects the airport to downtown Charleston with several stops along Dorchester Road and Meeting Street in North Charleston. Total trip time from the airport to downtown is usually 50–55 minutes.

A one-way fare for CARTA buses starts at $2.00 per ride. Discounts apply to qualified riders. Further information about buses to and from Charleston International Airport.

Hotel Shuttle Services at Charleston International Airport

Many hotels in downtown Charleston provide shuttle services. Passengers may confirm with their local hotel if this is available at their accommodation.

Look for your shuttle service at the green curb of the Ground Transportation Center.

Parking at Charleston International Airport

Charleston International Airport provides safe and comfortable parking spaces for a fee. These parking facilities are open 24/7. Reserved parking is also offered at the facility.

At CHS parking, the following credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover.

All published rates include taxes, fees, and the terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice. 

Before leaving your car at the facility, it might be helpful to take a picture of the number/letter on the pole closest to your parking spot to help you remember the parking location when returning to the airport. See more information about long and short-term parking at Charleston International Airport.

If you intend to travel around the area during your stay, it might be more economical to rent a car at Charleston International Airport.

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