Charleston & Savannah Travel Tips

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)

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)

Savannah Hotels (approximate walking distance from Waving Girl Landing)

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 bikeshare program called CAT Bike. Charleston doesn’t have a bikeshare, 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 bikeshare company called Holy Spokes (“great name right?”). You can check out locations and details here

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.

Charleston offers a few opportunities to get on the water. The downtown Charleston peninsula is surrounded by water.  What better way to acquaint yourself than by taking a 90 minute harbor tour.  We recommend Charleston Harbor Tours. They offer Charleston’s top rated water tour and it will give you a good idea on what to do next!  They also offer some great combination tours that will save you time and money!  They depart from the Charleston Maritime Center at 10 Wharfside Street.