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Car Hire at Charleston Airport

This information is correct as of August 2015

Whether you want to admire fine southern architecture, take a ghost tour or simply enjoy the finest hospitality in the south, you can find the best car hire at Charleston Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Charleston Airport

There are five car hire companies with desks at Charleston Airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Charleston Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

Luckily there is a BP garage located just 7 minutes drive from Charleston Airport. Head northeast on International Boulevard and make a u-turn at Dreamliner Drive. Take a left to merge with the I-526 towards Mount Pleasant and take exit 18B for the US-52. The petrol station will be on the left hand side.

Driving around Charleston Airport

Charleston Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. It sits at the midpoint of South Carolina's Atlantic coastline and is easily reached by car, from the north or south, via U.S. Highway 17, which cuts across the Charleston peninsula and from the west via Interstate 26, which ends just northwest of the historic downtown. The outer Interstate 526 forms a loop from U.S 17 to Charleston International Airport.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Charleston Airport.


Wilmington is a lively city with an African, America, Jewish and Caribbean twist. Waterfront shops glisten in the Wilmington Riveras nearby restaurants, bars and cafes teem with life. Museums, art-deco buildings, luxury hotels and hip microbreweries all bring a touch of cosmopolitan flair to Wilmington. Quirky festivals throughout the year keep visitors coming back again and again.

Wilmington is a 9 hour drive from Charleston Airport through Virginia, Delaware and Mryland. Take the I-526 from the airport and merge onto the I-26 W. Take exit 169B for the I-95 towards Florence and keep left on this road. Continue on to the I-895 toll road towards Baltimore. Take the I-495 exit towards Philadelphia and follow signs for Wilmington centre.


This southern belle is both historic town and party animal. Colonial architecture like stunning mansions and majestic public buildings hide a night time scene of clubbing and cocktails into the small hours. Those not easily spooked should take a local ghost tour to delve far back into Savannah’s chequered past.

Savannah is just under two hour’s drive from Charleston Airport. Get on the I-526 from the airport and exiting for highway 7. Take a right on to US-17 S then exit for the I-95. Take exit 5 for Savannah, following signs to the centre.


This is one for the south’s best preserved cities and one that could be mistaken for a movie set thanks to its extraordinarily preserved elegant colonial architecture. While it may have a bloody history, today Charleston favours coffee on the piazza, shopping for antiques, playing on beaches, running through parks and sailing along waterways. Charleston is just 20 minutes by car from Charleston Airport. Get on the I-526E towards Mount Pleasant and take exit 17 to merge with the I-26 towards Charleston. Follow signs to the centre of town.

Parking in Charleston is in the form of metered parking garages and on street parking. Garages usually cost $1.00 per half an hour with a maximum daily rate of $16.00. These are manned 24 hours a day seven days a week. Street parking is metered from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday with Sundays free. Some hotels in Charleston offer free car parking.

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