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Transportation By Basin Bus

Travel Tips in Charleston

Travel Tips

Between Charleston and Savannah!

Travel Tips in Charleston

Choose a hotel that’s easy to get to from the ACE Basin Express and other transportation services.

Here’s a list of hotels in Charleston that are less than 1/4 mile walk from the Charleston Visitor Center. We’ll be happy to drop you off and pick you up at these hotels, of course, but if your bag has wheels and your legs are healthy, walking is really pretty easy.

Charleston Hotels (approximate walking distance from Charleston Visitor Center)

Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District, 345 Meeting St. (<1 block)
Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District, 337 Meeting St. (1 block)
The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St. (2 blocks)
Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. (3 blocks)
Courtyard Charleston Historic District, 125 Calhoun St. (3 blocks)
Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown, 425 Meeting St. (3 blocks)

approximate walking distance from Charleston Visitor Center

  • Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District, 345 Meeting St. (<1 block)
  • Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District, 337 Meeting St. (1 block)
  • The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St. (2 blocks)
  • Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. (3 blocks)
  • Courtyard Charleston Historic District, 125 Calhoun St. (3 blocks)
  • Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown, 425 Meeting St. (3 blocks)

In Savannah, the Westin is only steps from Trade Center Landing on Hutchinson Island. If you choose to board the free ferry, there are two landings in Savannah: City Hall Landing and Waving Girl Landing. Both landings are less than 1/4 mile walk from several hotels.

Savannah Hotels (approximate walking distance from City Hall Landing)

Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 W. Bay St. (<1 block)
River Street Inn, 124 E. Bay St. (1 block)
Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, 102 W. Bay St. (1 block)
The Cotton Sail Hotel, 126 W. Bay St. (1 block)
Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District, 199 E. Bay St. (3 blocks)
Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District, 201 E. Bay St. (3 blocks)
Andaz, 14 Barnard St. (4 blocks)

Savannah Hotels (approximate walking distance from Waving Girl Landing)

Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront, 611 E. River St. (1 block)
Olde Harbour Inn, 508 E. Factors Walk (2 blocks)
Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd. (2 blocks)
The Brice, 601 E. Bay St. (4 blocks)

approximate walking distance from City Hall Landing

  • Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 W. Bay St. (<1 block)
  • River Street Inn, 124 E. Bay St. (1 block)
  • Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, 102 W. Bay St. (1 block)
  • The Cotton Sail Hotel, 126 W. Bay St. (1 block)
  • Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District, 199 E. Bay St. (3 blocks)
  • Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District, 201 E. Bay St. (3 blocks)
  • Andaz, 14 Barnard St. (4 blocks)

approximate walking distance from Waving Girl Landing

  • Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront, 611 E. River St. (1 block)
  • Olde Harbour Inn, 508 E. Factors Walk (2 blocks)
  • Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd. (2 blocks)
  • The Brice, 601 E. Bay St. (4 blocks)

Consider flying into one airport and departing from the other.

These days, most airlines sell tickets by the leg, and there’s nothing to be saved by booking a round trip. For example, book a flight into Charleston and out of Savannah, skip the expensive one-way car rental and take the ACE Basin Express. Rental car costs aside; you’ll save the most money on overnight parking at hotels. Many hotels offer airport
shuttles, and there’s also Uber, public bus, and multiple taxi/shuttle operators.

Take a pedicab, and ask for the scenic route.

Pedicabs abound in both Charleston and Savannah, and there’s nothing lovelier than an evening ride back to the hotel on a full belly. Most drivers will honor your request to take the scenic route, and cuddling with your sweetie as you roll down a quiet residential street in either city is about as romantic as it gets.

Don’t worry about where the free trolleys go.

Lots of people fret over the difficulty of interpreting a bus schedule. But the free downtown buses (DASH trolleys in Charleston; DOT in Savannah) are limited to a small geographical area, so why not just hop on/hop off and see where it takes you? You won’t get the interpretation of a tour guide, but you’ll likely see some interesting places that pique your interest. Hop off wherever — the next one should come in about 20 minutes.

Rent, borrow or share a bike.

Riding a bike in Charleston and Savannah is so easy – the terrain is gentle, the traffic typically moves slowly on city streets, and the climate makes it possible to cycle year round without loads of special gear. In Savannah, they make it even easier with the very affordable bike-share program called CAT Bike. Charleston doesn’t have a bike share, but there are several popular rental companies. Finally, many hotels offer bikes to customers on a first-come, first served basis. Charleston has a great new bike-share company called Holy Spokes (“great name right?”). You can check out locations and details.

Get on the water.

Savannah’s ferries are free, frequent, easy to find, and offer some of the best views of the city. They don’t travel far, but getting on the water is an experience in itself. ACE Basin Express likes the Savannah ferries so much that we’ve made Trade Center Landing our first stop on the way into town.

Consider flying into one airport and departing from the other.

These days, most airlines sell tickets by the leg, and there’s nothing to be saved by booking a round trip. For example, book a flight into Charleston and out of Savannah, skip the expensive one-way car rental and take the ACE Basin Express. Rental car costs aside; you’ll save the most money on overnight parking at hotels. Many hotels offer airport
shuttles, and there’s also Uber, public bus, and multiple taxi/shuttle operators.

Take a pedicab, and ask for the scenic route.

Pedicabs abound in both Charleston and Savannah, and there’s nothing lovelier than an evening ride back to the hotel on a full belly. Most drivers will honor your request to take the scenic route, and cuddling with your sweetie as you roll down a quiet residential street in either city is about as romantic as it gets.

Don’t worry about where the free trolleys go.

Lots of people fret over the difficulty of interpreting a bus schedule. But the free downtown buses (DASH trolleys in Charleston; DOT in Savannah) are limited to a small geographical area, so why not just hop on/hop off and see where it takes you? You won’t get the interpretation of a tour guide, but you’ll likely see some interesting places that pique your interest. Hop off wherever — the next one should come in about 20 minutes.

Rent, borrow or share a bike.

Riding a bike in Charleston and Savannah is so easy – the terrain is gentle, the traffic typically moves slowly on city streets, and the climate makes it possible to cycle year round without loads of special gear. In Savannah, they make it even easier with the very affordable bike-share program called CAT Bike. Charleston doesn’t have a bike share, but there are several popular rental companies. Finally, many hotels offer bikes to customers on a first-come, first served basis. Charleston has a great new bike-share company called Holy Spokes (“great name right?”). You can check out locations and details.

Get on the water.

Savannah’s ferries are free, frequent, easy to find, and offer some of the best views of the city. They don’t travel far, but getting on the water is an experience in itself. ACE Basin Express likes the Savannah ferries so much that we’ve made Trade Center Landing our first stop on the way into town.